The unit is an introduction to programming with applications to business domain including Business Analytics. The focus of the unit is to develop fundamental knowledge and skills in coding using free open source environments (such as R/Python). The unit covers key concepts including problem modelling, data structures, programming workflow, program design and implementation of algorithms to solve real life business problems. There are no requirements of prior programming or coding knowledge or experience to undertake this unit. This unit (BCO7006) is recommended for students with business or non-business backgrounds who wish to acquire industry specific knowledge in coding.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BCO7006

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Deconstruct business problems to model and develop programming solutions;  
  2. Design and construct programming solutions related to business problems and issues using open source tools (Python/R);  
  3. Implement and critically evaluate programming solutions using open source tools (Python/R);  
  4. Investigate different programming solutions for appropriate business problems, including business analytical problems, using open source tools (Python/R); and,  
  5. Communicate programming solutions in a collaborative programming environment (Git/Github) and review their implementation in the business context.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Progressive practical exercises (5%,10%,10%) 25%
Assignment Programming solutions: solve a real-world problem based on a scenario using coding knowledge and skills 35%
Report Business Analytics solution modelling: Research report (30%) and Presentation (10%) (group) 40%

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.