Course Title: Mathematical Modelling and Decision Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mathematical Modelling and Decision Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Melih Ozlen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3007

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.9.38

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Some spreadsheet skills are desirable.

Course Description

This course introduces approaches to solving problems faced by decision makers in today’s fast-paced business environment through building computer models to analyse and evaluate decision alternatives. By applying the methods and tools of science to management and decision making, sensible courses of action may be devised for real world problems. Extensive use will be made of appropriate computer software for problem solving, principally with spreadsheets.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC004 Master of Statistics and Operations Research and MC242 Master of Analytics:

Knowledge and technical competence

  • an understanding of appropriate and relevant, fundamental and applied mathematical and statistical knowledge, methodologies and modern computational tools.


  • the ability to bring together and flexibly apply knowledge to characterise, analyse and solve a wide range of problems
  • an understanding of the balance between the complexity / accuracy of the mathematical / statistical models used and the timeliness of the delivery of the solution.


  • the ability to effectively communicate both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral), and to tailor the style and means of communication to different audiences.  Of particular interest is the ability to explain technical material, without unnecessary jargon, to lay persons such as the general public or line managers.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Create and solve linear programming problems using spreadsheets and investigate the sensitivity of the solution(s) to the assumptions of the model;
  2. Solve integer and nonlinear programming problems using spreadsheets;
  3. Devise simulation models using spreadsheets and use them to answer questions;
  4. Propose and justify solutions to decision making problems where there is uncertainty using decision trees and other decision analysis approaches
  5. Apply project management techniques to identify critical stages and tasks of a project.


Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures will explain concepts and provide guidance on independent learning and embedded practicals within the lectures will help you master the software package. You will complete regular online tests to get instant feedback on your progress and assignments to practice the usage of the software package.

Total study hours:

3 hours per week comprising lecture and practicals. You may need to study an additional 3 hours per week out of class on self-directed learning, completing online tests and assignments.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended text will be provided.

You will have access to extensive course materials made available via the online RMIT Learning Hub (myRMIT), including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources. You can access course software through myDesktop.

Library Subject Guide for Mathematics & Statistics

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Online Tests
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: Assignments
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: Final Exam
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5