Each student enrols in one 3-hour Lecture and one 1-hour Practical. (Note that 'Practicals' are sometimes called 'tutorials.') The Lectures begin in Week 1 and the Practicals begin in Week 2.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
- Students should download the Study Pack from the unit's iLearn site. It includes Lecture notes and Practical material.
- Students must download the Homework Exercises from the STAT279 iLearn site.
- Reference books available in the library include:
Quantitative Decision Making with Spreadsheet Applications (7th Ed) by Lawrence L. Lapin, William D. Whisler, 2002 (Library Call Number: HD30.23 .L36/2002) or Quantitative methods for business decisions: with cases (6th edition) by Lawrence L. Lapin, 1994 (Library Call Number: HD30.23 .L36/1994)
Operations Research Applications and Algorithms (3d Ed), 1994 by Winston W. L. (PWS Kent) (Library Call Number: T57.6 .W645/1994) or Operations Research (4th Ed), 2004 by Winston W. L. (Duxbury Press)
Operations Research: An Introduction (8th edition) 2007 by Hamdy A. Taha (Pearson/Prentice Hall) (Library Call Number: T57.6 T3 2007)
Technology Used and Required
Some of the learning and assessment activities will require students to use the spreadsheet application Excel. This application is ubiquitous in modern organisations, and it is anticipated that exposure to Excel in STAT279 will directly benefit many students in their future careers. Excel is available on student workstations throughout the campus.
STAT279 has an iLearn (Online Unit) page, which students can access by logging on at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au. Homework exercises and other materials will be uploaded for students to download. The Discussion Forum will be used for out-of-class communications. The Forum is essentially an online chat between the students, tutors and lecturers. Questions can be asked in the Forum, and might be answered by classmates, tutors or lecturers.
Questions not of interest to or appropriate for the rest of the class (questions about individual marks, missed classes, et cetera) should be sent via e-mail to one of the lecturers using Macquarie University student e-mail accounts.
The lecturers will make announcements via the iLearn page. Accordingly, students should be sure to log in and read the posts at least twice a week.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Students should attend the Lectures each week at which new material is introduced.
From Week 2 onward, there will be one assessment task due each week, which will be either a Homework exercise, an Electronic Quiz or an Assignment.
Students are expected to attend one Practical class each week. Practicals begin in Week 2. There is usually another Practical class cancelled near the mid-semester break; see the unit schedule on the iLearn site for details.