Haeussler, E.F. Paul, R.S and Wood, R.J. 2013, Introductory Mathematical Analysis for Business, Economics and the Life and Social Sciences 13th ed., Pearson New International edition ISBN 9781292021140
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This book is available in two versions with different covers. The New International edition (grey cover) contains the same material as the 13th ed. US version which has an orange and blue cover.
For the second half of the course we will use:
- Berenson, M., Levine, D., Szabat, K., O’Brien, M., Jayne, N. and Watson, J., 2016, Basic Business Statistics: Concepts and Applications, 4th ed., Pearson Australia, Melbourne, Vic
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|Text + MyMath Lab and eText||9781488608834 |
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Some students may wish to purchase extra interactive content or other packages. See the Pearson website for more versions. Note that links to the student solutions manual and data sets will be available on the course materials section of the course website for download. More information will be made available on our course website in the course resources section. Please be aware that computers are not permitted in our open book exams so some material such as statistical tables might need to be printed if you choose an e-book.
Reference texts that should be available in the library are:
- Swift, L. and Piff, S. 2014 Quantitative Methods for Business, Management and Finance, 4th ed Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Tannous, K., Brown, R.L., Kopp, S., and Zima, P. 2013 Mathematics of Finance , McGraw-Hill Education (Australia), North Ryde.
Note that in the Schedule for this course the four books are referred to by the authors' initials or abbreviations: HPW, Ber, SP and TBKZ.
The course website can be accessed at Moodle. You will find that you are enrolled in two Moodle “courses” for COMM5005. The main website will contain the course information including the tutorial questions you need to prepare for each week. You should also check the website for assignment information, practice exam questions, data sources, online quizzes, elearning tutorials and other useful information.
It will also be where you access lecture slides prior to each lecture and where you can join in activities and take notes during the lecture using the UNSW Lecture Recording+ system which uses the platform Echo 360. After the lecture a recording will also be available so you can review any content you need. Note that an additional pdf version of the lecture slide handout will be made available on the main course website for those who prefer to print it out and to the lecture for writing notes on paper.
You have also been enrolled in a second Moodle website called Figuring It Out (Maths/Stats). This site contains a large number of specially selected online resources for you to explore to revise basic concepts and increase your understanding of topics in COMM5005 and some additional related areas. You can make use of the statistics glossary to help understand terminology, the Lighting Up Statistics cartoon videos created at UNSW and many other resources which have been collected into ten maths and statistics categories.
For many years we have offered PASS, the Peer Assisted Support Scheme, for undergraduate students. PASS puts concepts into practice through workshops where pairs of leaders are available to help you review course materials and attempt problems. The emphasis is on active participation by students. Now the Business School is supporting PASS for postgraduates and we are able to offer two weekly PASS classes for COMM5005 students, which you can attend on a voluntary basis.
From Week 3 we plan to run PASS at these times and locations:
- Tuesday 11:00-12:00 in Mathews 228
- Thursday 4:00-5:00 in Red Centre West 3037
Before our face-to-face PASS sessions begin you can get revision help with sessions of online PASS being offered on two evenings per week. These sessions will run up to Week 2. Check your Figuring It Out Moodle website for detailed information and the login.
Harvard Online Courses
The UNSW Australia Business School is making available to students a number of resources from Harvard Business Publishing. In COMM5005 we will have two online learning modules available for you to use as additional resources. These are Mathematics for Management and Quantitative Methods. Each section consists of a pre-test which you can try, material from various topics arranged in a number of screens with practice exercises and a final test. You can start working through these at your own pace prior to the commencement of session to give yourself a good preparation. Note that the tests are purely for practice purposes and marks for them will not count towards your assessment in COMM5005. For a link to register for the Harvard material and more information about other resources see the Course materials section of the website.
A basic scientific calculator is required for this course and it must be approved for use in exams. It must be able to perform logarithmic and exponential calculations such as ln x, and ex . The calculator must not be a programmable one (i.e. should not have an alpha-numeric keypad) or have a graphic display. It should not be capable of storing or solving equations, differentiation or factoring.
You should take the calculator to the Business School Student Centre to have the approval sticker attached. If you need to purchase a new calculator, keep in mind that it will be desirable to have a two variable statistical mode to perform linear regression (LR) calculations.
Computer and Software
For lectures you will need to bring a laptop, preferably, or a tablet or phone which has an internet connection in order to fully participate. For homework and your assignment you will need to use a computer with the Microsoft Excel program installed. On a Windows machine make sure that you have the version that enables Analysis Toolpak Add-ins to be used. On a Mac, check that the version of Excel program has the statistical capability you require. Earlier versions and may need to be supplemented by another program such as StatPlus or PhStat or Wizard.