INF2006F is a 6 NQF-credit mini course intended for
students majoring in Information Systems for the BCom or BBusSci degrees, and
for Science students majoring in Business Computing, Computer Games Development
and Computer Science. Some students pursuing other degrees may be
accepted if logistics permit. The course lectures are ONLY in weeks 4-6
(starting 9 March). To avoid potential confusion it is important to explain how
the new course came about in 2014, and give further details.
Creation and Timing of the INF2006F Course
Since 2004 a Business Intelligence (BI) module has
formed part of the previous INF2008F Database Systems course taken by BCom and
Business Science majors in Information Systems. During 2013 the Faculties
of Science and Commerce agreed on a subdivision of the INF2008F course into two
new components: INF2006F Business Intelligence and Analytics and INF2007F
Applying Database Principles.
The main reason was that Computer Science students
registered in the Science Faculty, who were taking the INF2009F Systems
Analysis course given by the Department of Information Systems, needed to
obtain a further 6 NQF credits for their BSc degree. This is because,
although a Commerce degree generally requires more courses passed than a
Science degree, Commerce courses are rated at 18 NQF credits each vs 24 NQF
credits in Science. So restructuring the previous INF2008F course enables
Computer Science students already taking INF2009F to obtain the extra 6 credits
by also doing INF2006F (instead of having to pass another 18 or 24 credit
course). In addition, Business Intelligence and Analytics has for some
years been rated the most important application and technology area by IT
Commerce students will take the INF2007F (12
credit) and the INF2006F (6 credit) courses instead of the previous 18 credit
INF2008F course. They will have INF2007F lectures in weeks 1-3, INF2006F
lectures in weeks 4-6, then continue with INF2007F lectures from week 7 onwards
(2nd quarter).Science students (generally also taking INF2009F) and other
students will only register for the INF2006F course.
Course Content and Perspective
The course introduces students to the main features
of business intelligence and business analytics, including data warehousing and
data marts, decision support systems, OLAP, data mining and analytics,
corporate performance management, data visualisation, real-time BI, pervasive
BI, mobile BI and big data analytics. It aims to provide a realistic
current view of BI and analytics locally and internationally.
Because course time is limited, focus will be more
on the perspective of a business user and manager using BI and analytics, than
that of a technical person developing BI facilities, software and
datasets. Case studies and management approaches for implementation are
covered and a hands-on project requires students to produce a management report
after analysing data using commercial BI and analytics software.
Lectures and Workshops
INF2006F lectures take
place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 12h00 The Venue is EM7 (See
provisional schedule below).
Workshop and Lab Tutorial: There will also be a compulsory two-hour Workshop
(Dimensional Modelling using the Star Schema), on the Friday of week 5 and a
compulsory two-hour Lab Tutorial (Introduction to Project Software), on the
Friday of week 6. These are important for successful completion of the
course project. Where possible existing slots that are not being used in
those weeks by the INF2007F and INF2009F courses will be used.
NOTE: Important announcements about the course
material, workshops, exam and project, will be made during lectures and
workshops from time to time. This information will also be posted on the
INF2006F Vula web site. Students who miss lectures are themselves fully
responsible for regularly looking at the INF2006F Vula site and checking their
Course Readings and Notes There is no prescribed or recommended textbook for this
course. The necessary content will be given in class lecture
notes and Powerpoint slides, made available in class and also in Vula.
A number of supporting readings will be made
available to students in Vula. Some will be required or recommended;
others are optional reading for those wishing to get more background and
examples of the topics covered.
Students will be required to hand in their results
for marking at end of the Dimension Modelling Workshop in Week 5.
A Report on a Business Intelligence project is
required to be handed in during the second quarter. No exemptions will be
granted and this needs to be handed in for DP purposes. Reports handed in after
deadlines will incur an automatic and non-negotiable penalty deduction of 5%
per day, or part thereof. Reports handed in over 5 days late will not be
marked and the student will receive 0% and not be eligible to write the
Full details and dates for deliverables will be
given at the time of hand-out. Project reports need to be handed in
electronically to Vula and Turnitin. Students need to read the IS Department's
and UCT's guide to plagiarism and attach the signed plagiarism declaration to
Student Assessment The final grade is derived from results of the workshop classwork,
project, and exam. The percentage contribution towards the final mark is as
- Workshop classwork 10%
- Group BI Project 40%
- Final One hour Examination 50%
Duly performed requirements
In order to be granted duly performed (DP) status and therefore be permitted to sit the final exam in INF2006F students must have:
- attended and participated in both the workshop and the lab tutorial.
- submitted all deliverables
- obtained a year mark of 45%
In order to pass INF2006F students must
- Obtain a sub-minimum of 45% in the final examination.
- Obtain 50% overall for the course
Warning: Students are particularly warned about the sub-minimum of 45% for the exam. In 2014 many people seemed to assume they could “get by” without attending lectures and just studying some past exam papers from the INF2008F course if they had a reasonable year mark. Although 11% scored in the 70’s and 80’s, 52% failed the exam, and many of these missed the subminimum of 45%. Fortunately many of these students were awarded supplementary exams due to having higher year marks.
Course Contacts and Administration :
Please see below for contact details.
All administrative queries relating to this course should be directed to the course administrator Ms Natasha Samuels in the first instance, and the course convener in the second instance. The course lecturer should preferably be contacted by email for questions relating to the course content.
Provisional Lecture Outline
Last updated : 05 Feb 2016
Staff Members on this course :
Prof. Irwin Brown
Dr. Adheesh Budree
Ms. Natasha Samuels