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Business Intelligence Systems PG (6680.5)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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In this unit, students learn how decision making in organisations can be supported by information systems such as decision support systems (DSS) and business intelligence systems (BIS) that draw their data from internal and external sources (databases, warehouses and environment scanning). Business intelligence technologies and visualisation tools comprising business analytics, data mining, text mining, neural networks, and business performance management are examined regarding their application in organisations. Each student is expected to design and construct a functional DSS/BIS prototype suitable for the information systems industry and write it up in a business report or to research a business intelligence topic and write it up in an academic essay.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of how computer-based information systems such as decision support systems (DSS) and business intelligence systems (BIS) can support managerial decision making in the contemporary business world;

2. Recognise and apply the tools, technologies and models available to assist in managerial decision making according to organisational requirements and resources; and

3. Research, plan and write an academic essay of a topic drawn from relevant industry and scholarly literature.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 39 hours per semester.


Completion of 9 credit points at Graduate level.



Assumed Knowledge

6672 Database Design G OR equivalent.

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