BUS103 Business Statistics

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Microsoft Excel

Unit description 

This unit introduces students to the principles and practices of business statistics. Students will build a comprehensive understanding of data analysis including sampling methods, descriptive techniques and inferential approaches. Students will be familiar with financial calculations and spreadsheet commands as they make use of the computer to perform graphical presentation and statistical analysis.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Understand basic statistical concepts and terms, define descriptive and inferential statistics, and compare probability sampling methods.
ULO2 Describe the features of commonly-used discrete and continuous distributions and illustrate computational methods to solve related problems.
ULO3 Conduct hypothesis tests, linear regression and time series analysis and practise quantitative forecasting methods.
ULO4 Carry out statistical analysis with computational tools and interpret the results using graphical aids.
ULO5 Use business data to resolve real world business problems by using statistical techniques and calculations.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to statistics
2. Descriptive statistics
3. Probability
4. Discrete probability distributions
5. Continuous probability distributions
6. Sampling distributions
7. Single population estimation
8. Hypothesis testing
9. Two population estimation and testing
10. Simple regression
11. Multiple regression
12. Time series analysis


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Activity 30% Weeks 1 -12
Assessment 2: Assignment  30% Week 12 
Assessment 3: Final Exam 40% Final exam week


The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.