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BUSS1020: Quantitative Business Analysis

Intensive February, 2023 [Block mode] - Remote

All graduates from the BCom need to be able to use quantitative techniques to analyse business problems. This ability is important in all business disciplines since all disciplines deal with increasing amounts of data, and there are increasing expectations of quantitative skills. This unit shows how to interpret data involving uncertainty and variability; how to model and analyse the relationships within business data; and how to make correct inferences from the data (and recognise incorrect inferences). The unit will include instruction in the use of software tools (primarily spreadsheets) to analyse and present quantitative data.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Business Analytics
Credit points 6
ECMT1010 or MATH1005 or MATH1905 or MATH1015 or STAT1021 or ENVX1001 or ENVX1002 or DATA1001 or MATH1115
Assumed knowledge

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) OR MATH1111

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Nurul Alam,
Lecturer(s) Nurul Alam,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Group Assignment Part 1
Group Assignment Part 1
20% Week 02
Due date: 27 Jan 2023 at 23:59
750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment group assignment Assignment Part 2
Group Assignment Part 2
20% Week 04
Due date: 10 Feb 2023 at 23:59
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Supervised exam
Final exam
To be advised
60% Week 05
Due date: 13 Feb 2023 at 11:00
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Final exam: The exam will cover all material in the unit from both lectures and practical classes. The exam will have a mixture of multiple choice questions and short answer questions involving theory and analysis of data.
  • Assignments: There are two parts of Assignments. Part 1 is due in Week 2 on Friday 27 January at 11:59 pm and is worth 20%. Part 2 is due in Week 4 on Friday 10 February at 11:59 pm and is worth 20%. 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

For the Assignment and Homework standard late penalties will apply in accordance with the Assessment Procedures 2011 shown below.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to Data Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3
Numerical descriptive measures Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3
Basic probability Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 02 Discrete probability distributions Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3
Continuous probability distributions Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3
Sampling distributions Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 03 Confidence intervals Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
One-sample tests Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Two-sample tests Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Linear regression 1 Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Linear regression 2 Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Multiple regression Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

There are two parts to the unit:

  1. Self-paced study modules on Canvas
  2. Weekly 2-hour tutorials/workshops (see your schedule)

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Berenson et al, (2019). Basic business statistics: concepts and applications, US Edition, (14e), Pearson, New York. (ISBN: 9780134684840)

The unit text will be available free to students online from the publisher via Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. use a variety of analytical and statistical tools that are useful for analysing business data
  • LO2. identify and test a hypothesis from a business perspective using data
  • LO3. communicate quantitative and statistical findings or results in a professional and ethical manner with a focus on business context.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

We have reviewed the various modules in the course and have added additional examples for students to test their understanding as they work through each section. In addition we have provided practice exams for both in-semester and final exams of a similar difficulty and style to the actual exams.

You will need access to Microsoft Excel to complete all assessment tasks. The software is available as a free download from University IT.


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