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Unit Overview


This unit aims to equip students with appropriate research skills to be able to analyse and develop possible solutions for a real world business problem. It comprises three parts: (1) data analysis skills to assist decision making; (2) strategic analysis of real world business problems; and (3) a business advisory report.

In the first part, students explore and develop the broad range of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques that are required to define and analyse the wide variety of issues and problems that confront organisations.

In the second part, students learn to (1) think strategically and apply key course theories and tools to identify key challenges and opportunities; (2) formulate plausible solutions and initiatives consistent with organisational goals; (3) make informed recommendations regarding the optimal path for the organisation for sustainable performance; and (4) apply strategy models, frameworks and tools to strategically transform an organisation.

In the third part, students apply their strategic management and analytical research skills to a real world business problem in the completion of the Business Advisory Report. This report is completed in teams and students work on a project identified by a private or public company, a not-for-profit organisation or an industry association. Students are required to present the results of their analysis to both the client and faculty.

6 points

Students are able to (1) perform exploratory data analysis and critically appraise the accuracy and relevance of data, the suitability of the statistical models, and the quality of reporting/arguments based on them; (2) use appropriate statistical packages and add-ins for data and decision analysis with confidence; (3) support decision making processes with information extracted from applying basic data analysis techniques; (4) examine the uses and limitations of decision making techniques that managers can use in uncertain situations in the business environment; (5) explain the strategic management process through exposure to theoretical concepts and current developments in the field; (6) develop an appreciation of the organisation as an integrated system through extensive case analyses, encompassing a variety of concepts and theories covered in class; (7) think strategically and apply key course theories and tools to identify key challenges and opportunities; (8) apply strategy models, frameworks and tools to your own work experiences and develop the knowledge and skills to strategically transform your organisation; (9) develop the ability to apply their knowledge of strategy and management fundamentals; (10) show in-depth technical competence in at least one aspect of management; (11) demonstrate the capacity for original and independent thought and research, through problem identification, formulation and solution of a project relevant to studies in management; and (12) communicate effectively in writing and orally to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) part 1—case study analysis, business report, presentation, class participation and examination; (2) part 2—class participation, group written proposal, group oral presentation and final examination; and (3) part 3—reflective learning journal, project proposal (oral and written) and project report (oral and written). Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit rules
MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making.
MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making.
and MGMT5700 Strategic Management
Contact hours
Part 1—lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 5 hours per week for 7 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.