Business Intelligence Systems

Unit code: BCO6676 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
VU Sydney


This unit will provide students with a framework for analysing and interpreting the efficacy of business intelligence systems, from the provision of high quality, integrated data for decision support through to data warehousing. The unit focuses on the lifecycle of developing a business intelligence system and data warehousing, and on multi-dimensional modelling for structuring business intelligence data contextualised within organisational issues and governance considerations. Students will engage with this material to develop a critical interpretation and justification of theoretical propositions and professional decisions using relevant contemporary research, case studies and practical exercises The latest industry standard data warehouse will serve as a point of reference.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the scope and application of business intelligence and decision support and the underlying technologies;
  2. Design multidimensional data models and implement them using star schemas;
  3. Investigate and review the various extraction, transformation and loading methods utilised in a data warehouse environment;
  4. Critically review the various reporting solutions supported by data warehouses;
  5. Evaluate the maintenance and performance requirements and associated tasks in a data warehouse environment;
  6. Design governance mechanisms for the development and management of business intelligence and data warehouse systems, justifying recommendations in the context of an organisation or organisation typology; and
  7. Productively mediate processes in group activities and elucidate personal accountability and responsibilities for shared outcomes, and collaboratively communicate complex concepts to a variety of audiences.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Multiple Choice Test
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 15%
Short Answer Written Assignment
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 15%
Practical Exercise
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%

Required reading

SAP BW 7.4-Practical Guide,
Palekar, A., Patel, B. and Shiralkar, S., 2015,| SAP PRESS
SAP Business Intelligence,
Shabazz T. 2012, | Outskirts Press Parker, USA

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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