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Assignment Brief (RQF)
Via Moodle and Turnitin in the form of written assessments and Powerpoint presentations
Unit Learning Outcomes:
LO1 Discuss business processes and the mechanisms used to support business decision-making. LO2 Compare the tools and technologies associated with business intelligence functionality.
LO3 Demonstrate the use of business intelligence tools and technologies.
LO4 Discuss the impact of business intelligence tools and technologies for effective decision-making purposes and the legal/regulatory context in which they are used.
Assignment Brief and Guidance:
In instances when no extension has been granted, or there is not sufficiently good cause for work being submitted late (such as when mitigating circumstances have been granted), then the following penalties will be applied:
• Refusal to accept submitted work
• Re-submissions will be capped at a pass
Identifying Business Intelligence Processes
P1 1000 words
Using specific examples, provide a written explanation of a business process and supporting process.
Data can be classified in terms of being structured, semi-structured or unstructured. Produce a comprehensive table that provides differentiation between these three types.
Evaluate using a PowerPoint presentation the drawbacks of using application software as a mechanism for business processing
P2 1000 words
Create a report that compares the types of support available for business decision making at different levels within an organisation.
Also justify with examples the key features of business intelligence functionality
Create a table to compare and contrast a range of information systems and technologies that can be used to support organisations at operational, tactical and strategic levels
LO3 & LO4 2000 words + design
You are tasked with creating a report for a customer on what is business intelligence and the tools and techniques associated with it, giving examples to back up your findings.
Design a business intelligence tool for a client that can include a dashboard, application or interface, it will be required to perform a specific task of your choosing that supports problem solving or decision making at an advanced level
After feedback from the client customise the design to ensure it is user friendly and has a functional interface
Critically review the design in terms of how it meets the clients needs or busienss specification and what customisation took place
You will also discuss the tools and techniques associated with business intelligence and how these tools contribute to effective decision making.
Finally you will explore the legal issues involve in the secure exploitation of business intelligence tools.
Research organisations that have used business intelligence tools to enhance or improve operations.
Evaluate HMV stores on how they could use business intelligence to extend their target audience to make them more competitive, taking into consideration security and legislation.
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:
Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
LO1 Discuss business processes and the mechanisms used to support business decision-making P1 Examine, using examples, the terms ‘Business Process’ and ‘Supporting Processes’ M1 Differentiate between unstructured and semi structured data within an organisation D1 Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of using application software as a mechanism for business processing.
LO2 Compare the tools and technologies associated with business intelligence functionality P2 Compare the types of support available for business decision-making at varying levels within an organisation. M2 Justify, with specific examples, the key features of business intelligence functionality. D2 Compare and contrast a range of information systems and technologies that can be used to support organisations at operational, tactical and strategic levels.
LO3 Demonstrate the use of business intelligence tools and technologies P3 Determine, with examples, what business intelligence is and the tools and techniques associated with it.
P4 Design a business intelligence tool, application or interface that can perform a specific task to support problem-solving or decision-making at an advanced level M3 Customise the design to ensure that it is user-friendly and has a functional interface. D3 Provide a critical review of the design in terms of how it meets a specific user or business requirement and identify what customisation has been integrated into the design.
LO4 Discuss the impact of business intelligence tools and technologies for effective decision-making purposes and the legal/regulatory context in which they are used P5 Discuss how business intelligence tools can contribute to effective decision-making.
P6 Explore the legal issues involved in the secure exploitation of business intelligence tools. M4 Conduct research to identify specific examples of organisations that have used business intelligence tools to enhance or improve operations. D4 Evaluate how organisations could use business intelligence to extend their target audience and make them more competitive within the market, taking security legislation into consideration
LO1 Discuss business processes and the mechanisms used to support business decision-making
Business process model: Data input and capture, data processing/conversion and information output, security considerations; unstructured and semi-structured data. Tactical and operational decisions, the business process model, business intelligence functionality. Analyse and compare the systems and technologies associated with business intelligence.
Mechanisms: Application software, databases, which are used to collect and store intelligence. Systems that are used to manage, analyse and display business intelligence to support the decision-making process; the importance of reliable data; impacts of reliable data in businesses.
Business processes: Management e.g. supporting decision-making, problem-solving; operational e.g. sales, purchasing and marketing; support e.g. accounting, technical supporting processes; improving the efficiency of a business process e.g. forecasting, decision-making, predictive reasoning; automating processes e.g. print runs, salary slips etc.
LO2 Compare the tools and technologies associated with business intelligence functionality
Support for business decisions: Operational tactical and strategic. Operational examples could include product positioning or pricing. Tactical decisions could include financial outlays to gain competitive advantage. Strategic business decisions could include priorities, goals setting and forecasting for the future, global diversification etc.
Business intelligence functionality: Analysing data, decision-making, problem-solving, designing more intuitive/innovative systems.
Systems and technologies: Information systems at an operational, tactical and strategic level. Transaction processing, management information systems, decision support systems, expert systems.
LO3 Demonstrate the use of business intelligence tools and technologies
Tools and techniques: Descriptive and predictive analysis, predictive modelling e.g. forecasting, use of statistical models to predict and identify trends. Data mining techniques to find anomalies, cluster patterns and/or relationships between data sets. Converting data into visual information using charts, graphs, histograms and other visual mediums.
Solutions: Supporting a business process e.g. end user requirements, systems requirement, application to automate procedures. Designing a tool, program or package that can perform a specific task to support problem-solving or decision-making at an advanced level.
Uses: For example, designing an application to solve a specific user need or system requirement. Create an e-commerce function for a website to support a specific business process, design a program for a specific end user that will support another application or process.
Design considerations: Addressing a user or system requirement; designing a user-friendly and functional interface; considering user engagement and interaction with the designed solution; customisation of the solution to satisfy the user and system requirements.
LO4 Discuss the impact of business intelligence tools and technologies for effective decision-making purposes and the legal/regulatory context in which they are used Recognise the legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the exploitation of computer technology.
Cybersecurity management: Understanding the personal, organisational and legal/regulatory context in which these tools could be used, the risks of such use and the constraints (such as time, finance and people) that may affect how cybersecurity is implemented.
Evaluation criteria: Enhanced or improved operations e.g. more efficient, faster results, more user-friendly, higher productivity, extended target audience, more competitive, more profitable, improved customer service.
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