MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making

6 points
(see Timetable)
Trimester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 3UWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 2Intensive CourseFace to face
Trimester 2OnlineOnline
An important role for managers today is to make sense of the large quantities of data that are readily available by transforming such data to information that improves decision making. This unit provides an understanding of the statistical tools and techniques available to managers to do this. The importance of communicating statistical findings in a non-technical way is emphasised. Topics include research design, sampling and data collection, data visualisation, an introduction to business analytics and examining business relationships through appropriate modelling.
Students are able to (1) identify fit-for-purpose statistical approaches to address management concerns; (2) explain data quality issues and collection methods; (3) use a range of appropriate statistical tools and techniques; (4) interpret statistical findings in a rigorous, clear and concise manner and communicate them to non-technical audiences; (5) translate statistical findings into managerial actions; and (6) critically appraise quantitative reporting.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessment; (2) project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Catherine Leighton (TR2 Intensive) Desmond Klass (TR1, TR2, TR3)
Unit rules
ACCT5602 Accounting
MGMT5501 Organisational Behaviour;
enrolment in the Master of Business Administration (coursework);
approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience.
MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Trimester 1-2020 [TRI-1-2020]
Trimester 2_2019_ONLINE [TRI-2_2019_ONLINE]
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