MIS770A - Foundation Skills in Data Analysis

Unit details


2018 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:Nil
EFTSL value:0.125

Analytical Skills Foundations

Unit chair:

Dilal Saundage



Incompatible with: MIS770
Contact hours:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including online content for each topic which is available on demand.


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This unit aims to develop foundation skills and knowledge required for data driven, evidence based approaches to business decision making and business performance analysis. To this end, the unit first introduces the skills necessary to enable an understanding of business metrics. This is followed by descriptive analytical techniques that transform both structured and unstructured data into meaningful information for the purpose of decision making and understanding and reviewing business performance. Techniques and principles of data visualisation are introduced that enable graphical depictions of data that can improve comprehension, communication and decision-making. Then, the unit introduces quantitative reasoning skills so students are able to review business performance to find problems or areas of opportunities, and identify patterns and trends in data using descriptive and inferential statistics.


Assessment 1: (Individual) - Written Assignment - Case study (2000 words) - 20%

Assessment 2: (Individual) -  Written Assignment - Data Analysis (equivalent to 2000 words) 30%

Assessment 3: (Individual) - Written submission followed by an oral test: Students are required to present their learning from all three modules, including the assignment feedback for the first two assessments 50%

Hurdle requirement: achieve at least 50% of the marks available for Assessment 3.

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