Business Statistics

Unit code: VBE1007 | Study level: Undergraduate
12
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Campus
City Flinders
Online Real Time
VU Sydney
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Overview
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Overview

The unit of study introduces students to quantitatively-aided business analysis and the application of quantitative techniques to inform business decisions. Students will begin to explore a broad range of fundamental techniques and to identify and apply a specific technique to analyse a given business problem. Students will be introduced to the rationale of applying statistics to business decisions. Topics covered also include: probability distributions; normal probability distributions; sampling distributions and parameter estimation; hypothesis testing; linear regression and correlation; time-series analysis and forecasting; index numbers. Students will use MS Excel to conduct statistical analyses. The successful completion of the unit will enable students to begin to visualise the business world from a scientific and quantitative perspective and will equip them to minimise the risk of subjective decision.

The learning and teaching in the unit is designed to be consistent and explicit in assisting students’ transition from their previous educational experience to the nature of learning in higher education and learning in their discipline as part of their lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Present and analyse basic business and economic data graphically and numerically and apply appropriate software such as MS Excel in modelling and problem solving;
  2. Determine an appropriate statistical analysis technique to solve a given business problem and to explain the selection of that technique;
  3. Develop understanding of the basic concepts of probability and random variables and distinguish discrete and continuous probability distributions;
  4. Exhibit developing professional capabilities in performing fundamental statistical inferences: estimating population mean and population proportion, testing hypothesis, constructing regression models, testing economic relationships, calculating and analysing indices; and
  5. Develop fundamental business forecasting skills and evaluate simple forecasting performance.

Assessment

For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
|
Grade: 15%
Online In Class Quiz
Assessment type: Test
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Grade: 35%
Online In Class Quiz x 2
Assessment type: Assignment
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Grade: 30%
Applied Statistics Assignment
Assessment type: Test
|
Grade: 20%
End of Block In Class Test (on-line)

Other locations

For students studying at Henan University, Liaoning University
Assessment type: Test
|
Grade: 10%
Business Maths Online Quiz (conducted during class time and supervised)
Assessment type: Test
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Grade: 15%
In Class Weekly Statistics Quizzes (conducted during class time and supervised)
Assessment type: Assignment
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Grade: 25%
Statistics Assignment
Assessment type: Examination
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Grade: 50%
Final Examination
For students studying at VU Sydney
Assessment type: Test
|
Grade: 15%
Online In Class Quiz
Assessment type: Test
|
Grade: 35%
Online In Class Quiz x 2
Assessment type: Assignment
|
Grade: 30%
Applied Statistics Assignment
Assessment type: Test
|
Grade: 20%
End of Block In Class Test (on-line)

Required reading

There are no required textbooks for this unit. Recommended readings will be available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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