MGMT170-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Managerial Decision Making

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course introduces basic managerial decision-making tools and their application to business. The topics include project management, forecasting, inventory management, cost-benefit analysis and decision-making. The course develops problem solving skills, an invaluable tool for modern business.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT170S2 is:
Lectures 23 hours
Tutorial 23 hours
Mid Semester Test 2 hours
Final Exam 2 hours
Online Assessments (4) 4 hours
Class Test + Exam Preparation 72 hours
Online Assessment Preparation 23 hours
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • B.Com Learning Goals

    1. Graduates can demonstrate advanced knowledge of their selected subject major, informed by the broader context of commerce.
    * The quiz, test and exam are opportunities to demonstrate advanced knowledge in using managerial decision making tools. Advanced knowledge will also be assessed in the midterm test and final exam.

    2. Graduates are able to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address specific problems.
    * The test and exam all require application of theories to analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    3. Graduates can understand issues from a range of ethical, global and multicultural perspectives.
    * Not covered specifically in this course.

    4. Graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
    * Not covered specifically in this course.

    Course Learning Outcomes
    The central aims of this course (for students) are to:
  • understand the core concepts of Operations Management;
  • use mathematical tools and techniques to aid decision-making and planning;
  • enhance the level of critical thinking; and

    Learning Objectives, BCom
    To achieve these, the course objectives (for students) are to:
  • understand the disciplines of Operations and Supply Chain Management and their role in business and other decision-making;
  • gain an overview of the process of developing and using a quantitative techniques in decision making and planning;
  • interpret the outcome of quantitative techniques to gain insights  which could be applied to different context of interest;
  • identify underlying assumptions and approximations in simple models;
  • use different decision making tools such as inventory control models, project management tools (e.g. critical path method), forecasting techniques, queuing models, decision tree, and multiple criteria on decision.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 17:00 - 18:00 C1 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 17:00 - 18:00 C1 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
03 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
04 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
05 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
06 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
07 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
03 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
04 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
05 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
06 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
07 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 529
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Timetable Note

Students enrolled in this course are required to attend 2-hours of tutorial classes each week, one from Tutorial A group and one from Tutorial B group. Selection of both tutorial classes from either “Tutorial A” or “Tutorial B” only is NOT allowed.

Lectures for MGMT170-23S2 are recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system, along with one from each of Tutorial A and Tutorial B.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mesbahuddin Chowdhury


Diane Mollenkopf


For the test and final exam, students are required to use a UC approved calculator for solving quantitative problems. The mid-semester test covers all the lecture topics from week 1 to week 6 (Lecture A & B) including tutorial classes (i.e. Tutorial A & B) during these weeks. The final examination covers remaining lectures and tutorial classes from week 7 to week 12.

This course has a no extensions policy. If extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances arise that seriously impair a student’s ability to complete an assessment task (e.g. Mid Semester Test or Final Exam) an application for special consideration should be made within 5 working of the due date of the assessment task.

The online assessments (i.e. quizzes) are not mastery-based. A student passing an online assessment gains marks towards their final grade. The online quizzes will be run or submitted through Learn. More information on each online assessment will be provided closer to the assessment date.

For the online assessments there will be no extensions or special considerations. For the other assessment, special considerations may be applied for as outlined in the Calendar.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Collier, David A. , Evans, James R; OM6 : Operations and supply chain management ; Student edition; Centage Learning, 2017.

Collier, David A. , Evans, James R; OM6 ; Student edition; Centage Learning, 2017.

The required textbook will be used for many of the lectures.

Other reading content outside of this text will be provided through Learn


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Tourism .

All MGMT170 Occurrences

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