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Undergraduate Course: Decision-Making under Uncertainty (BUST10013)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides students with an understanding of the techniques available for the analysis of management problems in which uncertainty plays a significant role.
Course description The techniques used for the analysis of management problems are illustrated using examples based on applications from the areas of capacity planning, quality control, consumer behaviour, inventory management, finance and purchasing.

The course is comprised of four modules which cover four modelling techniques:
1. Markov Chains
2. Markov Decision Processes
3. Decision Analysis
4. Sequential Sampling

Student Learning Experience
1. Lectures explain the concepts underpinning four modelling techniques for management problems involving uncertainty and present a series of illustrative examples. Lectures are supported by suggested readings from the recommended texts. Students are advised to attend all lectures.
2. Students gain further experience in the application of the techniques to management problems by working through the example questions uploaded in the 'Tutorials' folder on Learn at their own pace, with feedback via online solutions.
3. Optional example class tutorials summarise each topic covered by reviewing a past examination question.
4. Additional web-based material provides students with feedback as they tackle further past examination questions.
5. The coursework project requires students to build a model of a management case study, to analyse the model using techniques covered in the course and to present the findings in a written report. Students will develop skills in the use of Microsoft Excel to support their analysis of the model.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pre-requisite: Business Studies Honours entry.
Note: For Economics with Management Science, and Mathematics and Business Studies programmes EITHER Mathematical Programming (BUST10011) OR Decision Making Under Uncertainty is a mandatory course in Year 4.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Business Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss critically the practical use of the techniques covered.
  2. Apply the modelling techniques covered to structure management problems.
  3. Solve models built using the techniques covered.
  4. Make inferences about a management problem based on the solution of a model built using the techniques covered.
Reading List
1. F S Hillier & G J Lieberman, Introduction to Operations Research (McGraw-Hill).
2. W L Winston, Operations Research: Applications and Algorithms (Duxbury).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills
On completion of the course students will:
a) Demonstrate that they can identify which of the techniques covered is most suitable for a management problem.
b) Demonstrate that they can discuss the results of their analysis of a management problem in written reports.

Key Skills
On completion of the course students will:
a) Demonstrate that they can build and analyse a model of a real world management problem involving uncertainty.
b) Demonstrate their ability to apply their computer skills to support the analysis of a management problem involving uncertainty.
c) Demonstrate that they can present the findings of a quantitative analysis in a concise written report.

Subject Specific Skills
On completion of the course students will have developed their modelling skills.
Additional Class Delivery Information There will be 4 optional example class review tutorials. To accommodate students' schedules, students will sign up on Learn for either the Thursday or Friday series of DMU tutorials.
Course organiserDr Tom Archibald
Tel: (0131 6)50 4604
Course secretaryMs Patricia Ward-Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3823
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