Master of Decision Analytics (8634)
The MDA is designed for postgraduate scholars with an undergraduate qualification and/or extensive professional experience who wish to develop a high level understanding of the principles and practices of decision analytics and to strengthen their skills in this area. The Decision Analytics program aims to allow students to develop a high level of understanding of the principles and practices of qualitative and quantitative decision making tools for analysing complex operations environments and making appropriate decisions within that environment.
Further details for the program are listed below. If you require any more information about this program, or are currently in a Masters program and would like to enquire if you are eligible to transfer into this program, please contact:
Students undertaking the MDA are required to take 8 coursework courses (48 UOC) from the courses set out below . Students must complete four core courses (24 UOC) and four elective courses (24 UOC) from the list below.
Core Courses 24 UOC:
- ZEIT8402 Evidence-based Decision Making (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8403 Capability Option Analysis (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8404 Decision Making Analytics (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8412 Simulation (6 UOC)
Elective Courses - students must complete 24 UOC
- ZEIT8034 Advanced Test & Evaluation Techniques (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8038 Probabilistic Risk Assessment (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8303 Project Management Body of Knowledge (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8305 System Thinking and Modelling (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8307 System Dynamics Modelling (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8413 Simulation Application (6 UOC)
- ZEIT8416 Research Practices for Operations Analysis (6 UOC)
- ZPEM8309 Applications of Data Analysis (6 UOC)
Students may, with the approval of the Postgraduate Coordinator, take up to two courses (12 UOC) from other coursework programs.
Courses being offered in Master of Decision Analytics – 2018
*Please Note: Program rules are subject to change, students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the year they were admitted into the program.
Semester 1 - 2018
Semester 2 - 2018
|Evidence-based Decision Making||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Capability Option Analysis||Not Offered||
|Decision Making Analytics||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|ZEIT8412||Simulation||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Elective Courses||Semester 1 - 2018||Semester 2 - 2018|
|Advanced Test and Evaluation Techniques||Not Offered||
|Probabilistic Risk Assessment||Not Offered||
|Project Managment Body of Knowledge||
|System Thinking and Modelling||
|System Dynamics Modelling||Not Offered||
|Simulation Application||Not Offered||
|Research Practices for Operations Analysis||Not Offered||
|ZPEM8309||Applications of Data Analysis||Not Offered||TBA|
There are six pathways for entry to The Master of Decision Analytics (MDA):
* Cognate Disciplines include: Engineering, Business and Management, Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology.
Pathway 1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree with Honours with a major in a cognate discipline*.
Pathway 2. Completion of a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline*.
Pathway 3. Completion of a 3 or 4-year Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline*, which includes a major in the cognate discipline* and have completed at least 3-years full-time professional experience.
Pathway 4. Evidence of other academic qualifications and professional experience to be submitted to the relevant Program Authority to be acceptable grounds for admission into the degree.
Pathway 5. Completion of a Bachelor degree in a NON-cognate discipline and have completed at least 4-years relevant full-time professional experience
Pathway 6. No tertiary qualifications but evidence of professional experience to be submitted to the relevant Program Authority to be acceptable grounds for admission into the degree.
*Pathway 3, 4, 5 and 6 - Evidence for professional experience:
The evidence required for validation of professional experience will include a statement of service from the employer verifying the position, role and responsibilities, and duration of employment.
Program Credit (Advanced Standing)
If you have previously completed postgraduate courses at UNSW or another recognised University, as part of either a completed or partially completed postgraduate award, you can apply for credit (advanced standing) towards your next postgraduate qualification.
The maximum amount of credit allowable is 50% of the requirements of the program—that is, no more than 24 UOC can be credited.
Credit can be either ‘specified’, meaning it can be used against a nominated core or elective course, or ‘unspecified’ where it can be used against electives only.
A course cannot be used for credit if it is greater than 10 years old.
A course cannot be used for credit if it was not completed at a recognised University, at the postgraduate level.
Recognition for Prior Learning - Professional Development
UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses to use those courses as partial credit for one course in the program, which has two main components:
• Prior successful completion of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses.
• A 3500 word essay exploring issues related the professional practice of a relevant discipline
To obtain credit for Professional Education courses, students apply to the Program Coordinator for permission (through an enrolment variation application) to enrol in the course. The application must include proof of successful completion of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses. On enrolment into the course, students engage with the Program Coordinator to choose an appropriate topic for the 3,500-word essay which will be submitted in the last week of the relevant session. A mark of satisfactory/unsatisfactory will be recorded for the course.
What is an approved Professional Education course?
An approved Professional Education course is one that:
• contains at least one day (at least six hours) of course work;
• is delivered by a presenter, or presenters, that would be eligible for appointment at an Australian university;
• is assessed by at least one hour of examination for every three days of course work; and
• is able to be verified by inspection of course and assessment materials.
Which UNSW Canberra Professional Education courses are approved?
To obtain credit for the short course, a student must complete the associated examination and receive a “Successfully Completed” certificate. OUr Professional Education Accreditation page lists those approved courses.
Are approved Professional Education courses offered by any other service provider?
A Professional Education/short course offered by a provider other than UNSW Canberra may be considered for inclusion in the list of approved Professional Education courses providing it meets the criteria listed above. If the course in question is not already listed on the list of approved Professional Education courses application may be made to the Program Coordinator. An application for approval must contain at least the following:
• evidence of the number of hours of course work;
• evidence that the presenter(s) would be eligible for appointment at an Australian university (a brief CV of each presenter is required, providing qualifications, background, and experience);
• evidence of the assessment for the course (must be at least one hour of examination for three days of course work), including copies of previous tests and marking criteria; and
• a copy of the course materials (course notes, and text).