Courses & Units

Data and Business Decision Making BEA674


Managers need an understanding of statistics for five key reasons: To properly collect, present, describe and interpret information. To draw valid conclusions from incomplete data - typically about large populations based only on information obtained from samples. To obtain reliable forecasts. To improve business processes. To provide a framework for dealing with risk and uncertainty. These five reasons form the basis of the structure and content of Data and Business Decision Making. The use of mathematics and arithmetical calculations are kept to a minimum for selected topics by using the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet package. The unit focusses on the interpretation and application of the various techniques studied.


Unit name Data and Business Decision Making
Unit code BEA674
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Finance
Coordinator Doctor Moses Kangogo|Mr Vladimir Volkov
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Illustrate how key statistical concepts apply to business environments.
  • Appraise and apply various statistical techniques to critically analyse a range of business problems.
  • Organise and communicate statistical findings to provide relevant recommendations for business decision making.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
020303 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Students (face to face and online) will need to attend FOUR (4) three-hour workshops during the semester.

Details about the date, time and location of these workshops can be accessed from the University of Tasmania Class Timetable which can be viewed at

Lectures are delivered via recordings. They will be updated weekly on MyLo
Lecture notes will be uploaded to MyLO in advance for students to prepare for the upcoming lectures. Please note that lecture notes may be incomplete, for example, spaces will be left as students are expected to draw important diagrams by yourselves and/or solutions for example questions. By filling in these spaces during the lectures, you will consolidate your understanding of the concepts we discuss.

AssessmentOnline Test 1 (15%)|Online test 2 (15%)|Group Assignment (30%)|Examination (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Levine, D., Stephan, D. and Szabat, K. (2020). Statistics for Managers Using Microsoft Excel. 9th ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River.


Bowerman, B., O'Connel, R. and Murphree, E. (2011). Business Statistics in Practice. 6th ed. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. 1221 Avenue of the Americas.

McClave, T., Benson, G. and Sincich, T. (2005). Statistics for Business and Economics. 9th ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River

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