Courses & Units

Data Analysis for Business BEA140

Cradle Coast, Hong Kong Universal Ed, Hobart, Shanghai Ocean University, Launceston


BEA140 Data Analysis for Business is a foundation unit in business statistics and the mathematics of finance, and is a core unit in the Bachelor of Economics (BEc) and
Bachelor of Business (BBus) degrees. It is also a nominated elective in a wide range of other programs throughout the University of Tasmania.

This unit is intended to provide a background capacity in mathematics of finance and statistical description and analysis, appropriate for a business student. The unit also
includes an introduction to the basic use of tools such as Excel as an aid to analysis and presentation. The focus of the unit is on the practical use of data in business and
economic decision environments, especially in an environment of risk and uncertainty.

The unit is an introduction to the exciting world of applying mathematics and statistics to business problems. By studying a variety of examples based on real world
problems, the unit highlights the application of quantitative methodologies to assist managers, and decision makers, in dimensioning and communicating risks and opportunities.


Unit name Data Analysis for Business
Unit code BEA140
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Economics|Mathematics
Coordinator Doctor Bao Nguyen
Available as student elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hong Kong Universal Ed Semester 2 On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021
Accelerated Study Period 2 24/5/2021 16/6/2021 8/7/2021 22/8/2021
Shanghai Semester 1 22/9/2021 1/11/2021 24/12/2021 24/12/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • A knowledge of the basic concepts of the time valuation of money, and be able to apply these concepts to common situations in business/personal finance.
  • Apply basic data description and probability concepts to inform and communicate evidence-based business decisions.
  • Use sample information to draw conclusions and communicate properties of populations from which samples are drawn.
  • Quantify an association between two variables, explain variation and improve prediction.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010103 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
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There are no prescribed texts for this unit. Lecture overviews for Modules 1 to 4 are available via MyLO. Additional material, including videos, will also be available on MyLO.


You may find it useful to consult alternative references as part of your study program. You may wish to take advantage of one of these as an additional source of worked examples, and for an alternate presentation of the material:

  • Aczel, A 2007, Complete business statistics, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill, Noida.
  • Berenson, M, Levine, D  & Krehbiel, T  2012,  Basic business statistics, 12th edn, Prentice Hall, New Jersey
  • Black, K 2014, Business Statistics: For Contemporary Decision Making, 7th Edition, Wiley
  • Croucher, J  2001, Statistics: making business decisions, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead.
  • Selvanathan et al 2014, Business statistics – abridged : Australia New Zealand, 6th edn, Cengage, Sydney.
  • Waters, D 2011, Quantitative methods for business, 5th edn, Prentice Hall, Edinburgh Gate.

NB – Other editions of these references are also acceptable. You should note that notation may vary between references, and that, in some cases, even different formulae may be used. You should not concern yourself with any material covered in these references that is beyond what is covered by the lecture notes. In all cases, the lecture notes should be considered the primary reference for any topic.

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