MG4F7      Half Unit
Business Analysis

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Noam Yuchtman


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management (1 Year Programme). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The course is designed to achieve an understanding of fundamental notions of data presentation and data analysis and to use statistical thinking in the context of business problems. The course deals with modern methods of data exploration (designed to reveal unusual or problematic aspects of databases), the uses and abuses of the basic techniques of inference, and the use of regression as a tool for management and for financial analysis.


15 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 project in the MT.

The two formative assessments will be in class exercises with two components. One component will help prepare students for the Project (i.e., an application of a statistical technique to solve a company problem or research question), and the other component will help prepare students for the Final Exam.

Indicative reading

• Statistics for Business Decision Making and Analysis, by Robert Stine and Dean Foster (S & F) second edition Pearson.



Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the January exam period.
Project (20%, 3000 words) and continuous assessment (10%) in the MT.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2020/21: 74

Average class size 2020/21: 15

Controlled access 2020/21: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness