Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


Over the last decade there has been an exponential increase in the volume of data available to organisations. At the same time, there have been substantial improvements to the tools used to extract meaning from data. Data literacy is the ability to collect, process, and extract meaning from data, and in doing so, convert data to actionable insights. Improved data literacy is needed to make better sense of the huge volumes of data available to organisations and consequently to make better data-driven business decisions to enable business success. This unit provides students with the ability to understand data quality issues, discern good from poor data, identify appropriate analytical tools and techniques for business problems, make meaning from data, and visualise and communicate findings to a non-technical audience.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify relevant data to address business concerns; (2) select fit-for-purpose statistical tools and techniques; (3) use data to analyse complex business problems; (4) visualise information to effectively communicate statistical findings; and (5) provide evidence to enable better data-driven business decisions..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignment; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Brett Smith
Unit rules
A student may not take this unit after taking STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics.
However, a student may take this unit first and subsequently proceed to STAT1520.
MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week
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