Analytical Support for Decision Making Individual Assignment 2021-22 Preamble Th

Analytical Support for Decision Making
Individual Assignment 2021-22
Preamble
This assignment accounts for 100% of the overall mark for the ASDM Class.
The aims of the assignment are to engender a good understanding of, and skills in, the following
aspects of the ASDM class:
• Using a spreadsheet to make sense of data;
• Conducting and interpreting statistical analyses on a data set of reasonable size;
• Using appropriate analysis techniques to structure and inform a decision.
• Presenting your analyses in visual and written form;
The report for this assignment should have three parts. The division of marks and a page length guide
for the three parts is summarised below. All parts are compulsory, and each part focuses on a different
set of skills. For Part 2 and Part 3 there are multiple problems, and students should answer only one
problem from the available options. Students will not receive an overall mark unless a credible
attempt is submitted for each part. If students submit answers to multiple problems from parts 2 or
3, only the first problem answered in each case will be marked.
The overall report length must not exceed 8 pages, including appendices. Each part has a strict page
limit (detailed below), which should comprise of two sections:
• A summary section: this is expected to be brief and concise, and be targeted at a senior
manager whose knowledge of statistics and analysis is very limited. It should clearly identify
the problem you have tackled, describe the approach you have taken to address the problem,
identify any issues or limitations in your analysis, and provide any concluding
recommendations that directly address the problem. Note that figures may be included in the
summary if these help to communicate your findings, however, it is expected that most figures
will be presented in the appendix section.
• A technical appendix section: this should provide all evidence that is necessary to support
your summary, and to provide confidence that you have taken a robust approach to the
problem. This should include appropriate levels of detail on the approach that you have taken,
and show any charts, diagrams, and tables that support your summary. Any assumptions you
have made with your analysis should be clearly stated and justified as appropriate. Any
modelling decisions you have made should be justified as appropriate.
Description Marks Page Guide
Part 1 Technical Report on
Exploratory Analysis
40 3 pages including: one summary section, and one
technical appendix section with any charts,
diagrams, tables
Part 2 Technical Report on
Statistical Analysis Methods
30 2 pages including: one summary section, and one
technical appendix section with any charts,
diagrams, tables
Part 3 Technical report on Decision
Analysis Methods
30 3 pages including: one summary section, and one
technical appendix section with any charts,
diagrams, tables
Note: we assume a page to be A4, single-spaced, 11 point characters – i.e. around 300 words.
Each student should submit one report. You should also include where applicable:
ASDM Assignment 4
• A copy of any Excel files used for your analysis.
• A copy of any VISA files used for your analysis.
Note that the Excel and VISA files will not be marked, but are required to demonstrate that the analysis
you report on has actually been conducted.
You will be advised of the deadline for submission of this assignment, and subsequent return of marks,
by your MBA Administrator.
A copy of the blank assignment feedback form is available on Myplace so that you have visibility of
the marking criteria and marks breakdown.
This assignment has been set by the MBA ASDM Teaching Team 2021-22.