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Course Outline

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 Management. 

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 emails.

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.

Course Deliverables

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 examination.

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 each report.

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 follows:

  • 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 Professor

+27 (0)21 650 3155
3.32, Leslie Commerce
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Head of Department

Dr. Adheesh Budree Senior Lecturer

021 650 2261
Leslie Commerce 3.08
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Undergraduate Student Advisor; Lecturer: INF2006F, INF3014F, INF4018W

Ms. Natasha Samuels Senior Secretary

+27 (0)21 650 5901
3.01.1, Leslie Commerce

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Senior Secretary & Administrator: Second & Third Year Courses

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