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Undergraduate Course: Decision Analytics (BUST10133)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Available to all students from the Business Schools as well students from other Schools (Mathematics, Economics, Informatics) who are on joint programmes with the Business School.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have at least 4 Business courses at grade B or above. This MUST INCLUDE at least one Finance course at intermediate level. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 6 hours directed learning; 172 hours independent learning
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group Coursework (groups of 3-4 students) where candidates will answer 2 questions out of a choice of 4 (30 %) (including 20% peer evaluation); 3-hour final degree exam (70%).
Feedback 1. Solutions to example questions and past exam questions posted on Learn throughout the course provides you with feedback on your understanding of modelling techniques covered and on your ability to apply these techniques.

2. There is a 2-hour computer lab providing students with the opportunity for developing Excel skills for business problem applications and asking questions.

3. Generic feedback on your COURSEWORK, together with individual marks, will be posted on Learn within 15 working days from the submission deadline; also the individual feedback for your coursework will be available online.

4. The optional EXAMPLE CLASS TUTORIALS at the end of each module provide the opportunity to do further exercises and ask questions.

5. The EXAMINATION marks will be posted on Learn (together with generic feedback and examination statistics) as soon as possible after the December Board of Examiners' meeting.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
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. Hillier, F. S & Lieberman, J.G. (2015). Introduction to Operations Research. NY: McGraw-Hill.

Further suggestions posted on Learn.
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 10 x 2-hour lectures; 1 x 2-hour computer lab; 4 x 1-hour example class tutorials.
KeywordsDecision Analytics
Course organiserDr Maurizio Tomasella
Course secretaryMiss Jen Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 8335
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