QBM120 Business Data Analysis (8)

This subject has been designed to equip students with quantitative and statistical skills that are needed in other subjects in their courses; business environments; and life more broadly. Beginning with an overview of practical mathematical skills relevant to a business setting, the subject will delve into organising and presenting data, both in numerical and graphical formats. Microsoft Excel is embedded in the subject so that students develop their skills in a way that can be directly used in businesses.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: QBM120. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Assumed Knowledge

Some understanding of mathematical concepts would be an advantage

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to use various fundamental concepts of mathematics, specifically relevant to business fields;
  • be able to work with formulas and equations to solve problems encountered in business and everyday finance;
  • be able to choose, generate and interpret graphs commonly encountered in business;
  • be able to apply a range of techniques to collect, organize, summarise, analyse and present data both graphically and numerically;
  • be able to utilise the outcomes of business data analysis for the purpose of making decisions, which improve business operations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Basic mathematics.
  • Linear equations.
  • Working with formulas.
  • Financial mathematics.
  • Construction and interpretation of graphs.
  • Introduction to probability and basic statistics.
  • Sampling methods.
  • Simple linear regression and correlation.
  • Decision trees.
  • Excel tools for business.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.