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COIS13013 - Business Intelligence

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit reviews how managers use computerised decision support systems for accessing important information, the principles of decision making, modelling and how Business Intelligence tools are used by enterprises to support decision making. The unit develops an understanding of what is unique about Information Systems that provide support for decision makers and how various information systems (DSS, Knowledge Based Systems, Group Support Systems, Business Intelligence) are integrated at the enterprise level to support decision making. Students complete practical work using a financial modelling language, analyse the information needs of decision makers, evaluate and develop tools in the implementation of what we call, all these technologies and systems collectively, Management Support Systems (MSS).


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: COIT11226

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 49.37% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit evaluation
There should be a group activity in the unit.
Group activities on DSS software application will be included in tutorial classes.
Action Taken
Sufficient guidance has been provided for DSS software application and group discussion on how to use this software has been done in tutorial classes.
Source: Unit evaluation
Individual presentation assessment should be made a group based assessment.
The description of the presentation assessment will be rewritten. Students will be given the choice to present either in groups or individually.
Action Taken
The presentation assessment has been rewritten for the on-campus students and distance-learning students. On-campus students were organised in groups to present their interesting topics of BI, while distance-learning students were suggested to record videos of their presentations.
Source: Students
Tutorial videos on how to install and use the software Weka should be provided.
Add tutorial videos to guide students on how to install the software Weka and provide some examples of how to use Weka.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe the principles of decision theory and apply the theory to interpret the needs of decision makers, and apply the results in the implementation of MSS
  2. describe basic concepts of MSS modelling and apply the process of model formulation and solution
  3. analyse the information needs of decision makers and apply the results to business performance reporting
  4. evaluate the role of Business Intelligence and Decision Support Systems tools in organisations at the enterprise level
  5. describe role of knowledge in organisations and evaluate the use of collaborative technology to create, gather, and share knowledge
  6. conduct research into new areas and products, relate them to development of MSS, and present your results to others.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 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 to build a skills profile at

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Information Analysis (INAN)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Research (RSCH)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment