CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT11240 Dashboard Design and Visualisation
Dashboard Design and Visualisation
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General Information

Overview

While organisations can collect a large amount of data about their operations, a continual challenge they face is extracting useful information from that data. Dashboards summarise key information using visualisations and interactive reports. Dashboards are therefore an important tool in supporting decision making in an organisation. In this unit, you will learn how to design dashboards. You will develop skills to condense and encapsulate the characteristics of data, making it easier to analyse trends to drive effective decision-making. You will also learn creative ways to present the insights and findings of data using data visualisation tools and techniques.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Project (applied)
Weighting: 30%
4. Presentation
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Evaluation

Feedback

Case studies were insufficient

Recommendation

Provide additional case studies to support student learning.

Feedback from Self and Student Evaluation

Feedback

Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) functions were difficult to understand.

Recommendation

Provide additional material on DAX functions.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the fundamentals of dashboard design and data visualisation
  2. Compare different dashboard design and data visualisation tools
  3. Explain the application of dashboard design and visualisation in summarising key information
  4. Identify the best practices in implementing dashboard design
  5. Design and implement a dashboard for a business case.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles. ACS members can use the tool MySFIA (https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html) to build a skills profile.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7 (https://www.sfia-online.org/en). The SFIA code is included:

Data Visualisation VISL

Analytics INAN

Business Analysis BUAN

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 30%
4 - Presentation - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 30%
4 - Presentation - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Microsoft Power BI Dashboards Step by Step

Edition: 1 (2018)
Authors: Errin O'Connor
Microsoft Pres
ISBN: 9781509308033
Binding: eBook
Prescribed

The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios

Edition: 1 (2017)
Authors: Steve Wexler; Jeffery Shaffer; Andy Cotgreav
Wiley
ISBN: 1119282713
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom capacity (webcam and microphone) will be required for online students
  • Microsoft Power BI
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Ahsan Morshed Unit Coordinator
a.morshed@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Data Visualisation: Introduction to Power BI, architecture and administration

Chapter

Book 1: Microsoft Power BI Dashboards by Errin O’Connor

Chapters: 1 and 2 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Dashboard use: Visuals in Power BI and report development

Chapter

Book 1: Microsoft Power BI Dashboards by Errin O’Connor

Chapters: 3 and 4


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Designs of Executives Sales Dashboards and Report generation using Power BI

Chapter

Book 1: Microsoft Power BI Dashboards by Errin O’Connor

Book 2: The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios by Steve Wexler; Jeffery Shaffer; Andy Cotgreave

Chapter: 5 Book1

Chapter: 5 Book 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Reports using Microsoft EXCEL 

Chapter

Books 1: Microsoft Power BI Dashboards by Errin O’Connor

Chapter: 6 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Data Analysis expressions with a case study 

Chapter

Power BI documentation from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Revise all previous lecture slides and tutorial work

Chapter

Revise all previous lecture slides and tutorial work

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Power BI reports from Access database 

Chapter

Power BI documentation from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Assessment  due 

First Quiz due


Practical Assessment Due: Week 6 Monday (22 Aug 2022) 12:00 am AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Visualization and gateways


Chapter

Power BI documentation from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 05 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Power BI  Pro (service) and Dashboard creation 


Chapter

Power BI documentation from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 12 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Power BI reports from SQL

Chapter

Books 1: Microsoft Power BI Dashboards by Errin O’Connor

Chapter: 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 19 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Case Study : Power Plant Operations and Monitoring

Chapter

Book 2: The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios by Steve Wexler; Jeffery Shaffer; Andy Cotgreave

Chapter: 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 26 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Case Study: Web Analytics Dashboard

Chapter

Book 2: The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios  by Steve Wexler; Jeffery Shaffer; Andy Cotgreave

Chapter:13 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Business Report due

Second Quiz Due


Business Report Due: Week 11 Monday (26 Sept 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Case Study: Hospitality Dashboard for Hotel Management

Chapter

Book 2: The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios by Steve Wexler; Jeffery Shaffer; Andy Cotgreave

Chapter: 15 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Presentation Due

Submit your unit evaluation


Presentation Due: Week 12 Monday (3 Oct 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Unit coordinator:

Dr. Ahsan Morshed

School of Engineering & Technology

CQUniversity Melbourne, 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne 3000

P +61 3 9616 0418 | X 50418 | E a.morshed@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quizzes

Task Description

This assessment  is designed to reinforce the weekly taught content. This is an individual assessment and should be submitted during the tutorial day. You will complete 2 quizzes in  Week 6, and Week 11 based on your lecture slides, recorded lectures, and respective book chapters. You will get 5 questions in each quiz. The duration for each quiz is 1 hour and only one attempt is allowed. This assessment contributes to 20% of the total marks.


Number of Quizzes

2


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

In Week 6 and Week 11 tutorial day.


Return Date to Students

One week after the due date.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment 1 will be marked based on the following criteria.

Each quiz is worth 10 marks

Total: 20 marks


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Each quiz must be submitted during the tutorial day.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Compare different dashboard design and data visualisation tools
  • Identify the best practices in implementing dashboard design


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assessment

Task Description

This assessment relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3. This is an individual assessment. This assessment should be submitted in week 6. You will submit work on Power BI on data manipulation exercises. This will provide you with an opportunity to learn data manipulation and processing using the Power BI tool. Each week you will be presented with a data-related challenge, and you will use Power BI tool to manipulate data and  challenge. This  assessment will help build your knowledge of data formats, retrieval and analysis techniques.  Details relating to the challenge will be provided to you through the Moodle unit website  in Week 2. This assessment contributes to 30% of the total marks.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (22 Aug 2022) 12:00 am AEST

Online via Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (5 Sept 2022)

Within two weeks of submission via online Moodle.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The marking criteria are based on:

  • Knowledge & understanding of the topic of the given problem.
  • Analysis skills and technical literacy as demonstrated by the appropriate analysis techniques.
  • Discussion of appropriateness for inclusion in view of analysis. 
  • Reference/citation included.

The marking will be distributed as follows : 

Submitted screenshot of all questions worth 5 marks

The analysis presented on the generated output worth 20 marks

Well-written report worth  5 marks

Total: 30 marks


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
All files must be submitted via the Moodle unit website for marking by the due date.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the fundamentals of dashboard design and data visualisation
  • Compare different dashboard design and data visualisation tools
  • Explain the application of dashboard design and visualisation in summarising key information


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Social Innovation

3 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
Business Report

Task Description

In this assessment, you are required to write a report based on a case study. The case study will be provided to you in Week 6. This is an individual assessment and contributes to Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4 and 5. This report will follow a standard business report format. You will be investigating how you might advise an organisation, whose details are given in the case study on data processing, data analysis and visualisation mechanisms. You will also be developing an analytical dashboard using Power BI for the organisation and show your analysis on the developed dashboard. The assessment will be marked out of a total of 100 marks and form 30 % of the total marks for the unit.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Monday (26 Sept 2022) 11:45 pm AEST

Online via Moodle


Return Date to Students

Feedback and marks for this assessment will be released on the certification date as this unit does not have an exam.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The marking criteria are based on :

  • knowledge & understanding of the topic as depicted by collection in the view.
  • Communication skills and information literacy as demonstrated by the discussion.
  • Technical literacy as presented by the selection of items in the report.
  • Discussion of appropriate for inclusion in view of the dashboard.
  • References/citation included.

Assessment marks will be distributed as follows:

Report formatting (font, header and footer, table of contents, numbering, referencing) worth 5 marks

Professional communication (correct spelling, grammar, formal business language used) worth 5 marks

Executive summary worth 5 marks

Introduction worth 5 marks

Dashboard design and analysis worth 75 marks

Conclusion and recommendations worth 5 marks

Total: 100 marks


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The assignment must be submitted via the Moodle unit website for marking by the due date.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the fundamentals of dashboard design and data visualisation
  • Explain the application of dashboard design and visualisation in summarising key information
  • Identify the best practices in implementing dashboard design
  • Design and implement a dashboard for a business case.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Social Innovation

4 Presentation

Assessment Title
Presentation

Task Description

This assessment contributes to Learning Outcome 5. This is an individual presentation based on Assessment 3. All students are required to deliver the presentation. You are required to present the dashboard developed in Assessment 3 based on the given case study. The presentation will be held in Week 12 during  tutorial time.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (3 Oct 2022) 11:45 pm AEST

See the task descriptions


Return Date to Students

Feedback and marks for this assessment will be released on the certification date as this unit does not have an exam.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria include aspects such as:

  • insightful analysis of the given case study in the given context.
  • The audience has a clear understanding of the implications of findings for the given case.
  • Your presentation has a strong and engaging introduction, an effective thesis; the body of the presentation flows from the thesis; your conclusion effectively wraps up the work; structure includes title slide, conclusion, or summary slides and a reference list.
  • Meticulous presentation framing, e.g., ideas in point form; not in sentence form; slide numbers; footers; few words per slides; large font size; only relevant animation and images; consistent colour, fonts and layouts; contrast between text and background.
  • Stage presence includes being well prepared, standing up straight, loud clear voice, good eye contact, does not speak too fast or too slow; appropriate use of cue cards; does not read; appropriate use of time.
  • Mechanics, e.g., spelling, grammar and referencing.

The marks will be distributed as follows:

Stay on the topic worth 3 marks

Justify requirements of the topic worth 3 marks

Slide style worth 2 marks

Presentation style worth 6 marks

Valid information presented worth 6 marks

Total: 20 marks


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The presentation file must be submitted via the Moodle unit website by the due date.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Design and implement a dashboard for a business case.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

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