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Business Intelligence Tools and Techniques (ICT208)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 4
Description Business Intelligence (BI) is a set of outcomes aimed at facilitating improved decision making through the analysis and presentation of organisational data to decision makers. This unit explores the tools and methods used in BI,building upon your exposure to database theory in earlier units. Topics include: decision making, organisational data sources, data warehousing, data analysis, data and text mining, business performance management and BI presentation suites. Theories introduced are complemented by workshop sessions using various BI tools and techniques.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe what BI is, in terms of its foundations and capabilities
2. Explain and give examples of the various roles BI plays in supporting decision making in contemporary organisations
3. Demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of BI tools and techniques
4. Explain and give examples of the circumstances in which various BI tools and techniques could be appropriately deployed
5. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of a range of BI tools and techniques appropriate to a given scenario
6. Provide useful analysis and presentation of data suitable for decision support in a given scenario.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is focused on how Business Intelligence (BI) can be achieved, from discovery and integration of data sources, through analytic applications, to the presentation of required information to the right people in the most appropriate way. You will learn through lectures, workshops and self-study. Lectures will focus on the theoretical aspects of BI and include regular reference to case studies of both successful and unsuccessful BI implementations. Workshops will address the practical aspects of BI with you being exposed to a range of hands-on BI tools and techniques, which build upon your previous exposure to database theory and practice. Self-study exercises will reinforce and extend your understanding of BI through an exploration of the current state of the art in BI.
Assessment You will have several assessment tasks to complete. There is a weekly online quiz which addresses the material covered in the current topic (collectively worth 10%). Feedback for the quizzes will be provided on the LMS at the completion of the topic. There are two assignments that focus on the workshops which will allow you to demonstrate proficiency in the use of a range of BI tools and techniques. These are collectively weighted at 25%. A group research assignment (15%) will allow you to explore an aspect of BI that is not addressed in this unit. Feedback for these assignments will be provided following submission. The final examination will focus on theory addressed in the unit and is worth 50%.
Prerequisites ICT218/ICT285 Databases.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ICT208 Commercial Computing may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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