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MIS781 - Business Intelligence

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Credit point(s):1

Trimester 2 (B, X), trimester 3 (B-INTENS, ONL-INTENS)

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

W Yeoh (Trimester 2), KL Ong (trimester 3)





Incompatible with: Nil
Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week


Online Intensive offering:*
Unit is taught intensively in blocks during trimester 3.  Students enrolled in this mode must actively participate in CloudDeakin across the dates specified below:


  • 10 January 2014
  • 11 January 2014
  • 17 January 2014
  • 18 January 2014
  • 31 January 2014
  • 1 February 2014

(All day classes)


Burwood Intensive offering:*
unit is taught face to face intensively in blocks during trimester 3.  Classes are not held every week, but attendance is required across the dates specified below:


  • 10 January 2014
  • 11 January 2014
  • 17 January 2014
  • 18 January 2014
  • 31 January 2014
  • 1 February 2014

(All day classes)

Note: As this unit is offered in Online Intensive mode, it may impact on some international students' enrolment.  It is the student's responsibility to monitor their enrolment.


* Students will be expected to complete some pre-reading in preparation for the unit (made available via CloudDeakin upon commencement of Trimester).


Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


With the ever-growing volume of data, it is now becoming more difficult for organisations to identify and take advantage of valuable business information. Contemporary Business Intelligence addresses this conundrum by delivering the right information to the right people at the right time and in the right form. Business Intelligence is widely used to support business decision-making, and to inform decision at the management, operation and planning levels of an organisation. This unit aims to provide an introduction to the business uses, applications and technologies of business intelligence for decision support. It will give students a broad overview of business intelligence and introduce current theories, techniques, frameworks, applications, architectures and technologies in business intelligence that supports decision-making process. It will also provide students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in using the industry-standard business intelligence system (IBM Cognos). On completion of this unit students should be able to: explain the importance of business intelligence for an organisation; describe the tools and techniques which are used in business intelligence; understand the major issues in implementing business intelligence; assess and propose suitable designs for development of business intelligence programs.


Assessment 1 (Group of up to 3 students) - Case Study 4500 - 5000 words 50%,

Assessment 2 (Individual) - BI Reporting using Cognos 50%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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