Course Title: Data-Driven Decision Making: Machine Learning for Business Professionals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Data-Driven Decision Making: Machine Learning for Business Professionals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


665H Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain


Sem 2 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Chao Chen

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 99250184

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 8

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the capabilities, limitations, and biases of machine learning and its applications in addressing complex business challenges through data driven decision-making. You will learn to design machine learning solutions, analyse case studies, and develop presentations to communicate your findings effectively. Throughout the course, you will explore business decision makings by selecting and applying machine learning algorithms to various business scenarios, and present insights to executive stakeholders to aid in automating some decision-making processes, allowing teams to focus on higher-order decisions.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

CLO1: Analyse and recommend suitable analytical methods based on various problem factors for addressing diverse data-driven business challenges.

CLO2: Evaluate and identify relevant data analysis options to support business decision-making within an organization.

CLO3: Critically assess the reliability, fairness, and ethical implications of the machine learning approach for business decision-making.

CLO4: Critically analyse the outputs of machine learning and effectively communicate this to decision-makers in a range of business contexts.

CLO5: Utilise visualisation technologies to present insights from analytical models effectively to support strategic decision-making for executive groups.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course uses highly structured learning activities to guide your learning process and prepare you for your assessments. a range of individual and group activities to facilitate learning. These include completing the required and recommended readings and attending in-class and online activities in which seminars and group discussions take place. The activities are a combination of individual, peer-supported, and facilitator-guided activities, and where possible project-led, with opportunities for feedback throughout. 

Authentic and industry-relevant learning is critical to this course, and you will be encouraged to critically compare and contrast what is happening in your context and in the business analytics industry, and to use your insights. 

Social learning is another important component, and you are expected to participate in class and group activities, share drafts of work and resources, and give and receive peer feedback. You will be expected to work efficiently and effectively with others to achieve outcomes greater than those that you might have achieved alone. 

Above all, the learning activities are designed to maximise the likelihood that you will not only understand the course learning resources but also apply that learning to improving your own practice, for example, by producing real-world business artefacts and engaging in scenarios and case studies. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Canvas. In addition to topic notes, assessment details and a study schedule, you may also be provided with links to relevant online information, readings, audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.  

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. 

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. 

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.   

Assessment Task 1: 30%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2 

Assessment Task 2: 30%

Linked CLOs: 2, 4, 5 

Assessment Task 3: 40% 

Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 5, 6 

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.