Course Outline

DIG202 Bringing Data to Life

Course Coordinator:Andrew Lang (alang1@usc.edu.au) School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to usc.edu.au for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

Data is a critical asset of any organisation, yet many people within organisations are unaware of how to effectively use and manage data.  This course will equip you with the skills you need to drive business growth through effective data management. You will learn how to ensure that the right data is created, collected, strategically managed, shared, utilised and protected in ways which deliver competitive advantage. Topics covered in this course will include the data lifecycle, master data management, protecting data and gaining maximum value from data.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1.5hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Online
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1.5hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled online workshops (Recorded). 2hrs Week 1 10 times

Course Topics

  • Importance of data in business
  • Data collection
  • Storing data
  • Types of data and analyses
  • Managing data
  • Exploring data
  • Visualising data
  • Visualising data with dashboards
  • Data strategy
  • Data architecture
  • Data governance
  • Data ethics

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Analyse problems and formulate solutions for businesses using skills in data visualisation and reporting. Creative and critical thinker
2 Understanding of relevant business policies used for data within a business context. Knowledgeable
3 Interrogate business data to provide appropriate reporting in a business decision context. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
4 Apply effective written and digital communication skills in a business context. Engaged
5 Reflect upon, evaluate and justify the importance of ethical and sustainable approaches to data generation and use, such as creating a digital dashboard. Ethical
Sustainability-focussed

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Not applicable

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative feedback will be provided through completion of weekly activities in workshops in addition to the feedback provided through weekly discussion topics that will be available on Canvas. Furthermore, feedback on each assessment will be provided which will be used to help with the following assessment. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
60 min
Week 5 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece Individual 40%
1500 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 40%
1500 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Practical skills Quiz
Goal:
Interrogate data from a given dataset based on business problems.
Product: Quiz/zes
Format:
This is an individual task. You will answer a series of questions by interrogating/considering business information.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Analysis of problem and identification of requirements
1
2
Interrogation of business data.
3
3
Application of the relevant tools used to interrogate data.
1
All - Assessment Task 2:Digital Dashboard
Goal:
Use of data visualisation tools to create a digital dashboard for an organisation or case.
Product: Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece
Format:
This is an individual task.  You are required to submit a digital dashboard using data from a business (a business of your choice or one given to you) and a report detailing the justification and reflection of the artefact created.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Creation of a digital dashboard solution.
1
2
Application of relevant data visualisation tools.
1 3
3
Written communication skills in a business context.
4
4
Evaluation of ethical and sustainable approaches to data generation and use.
5
5
Reflect and justify decisions used in creating the digital dashboard.
2 5
All - Assessment Task 3:Business Data Policies and Use Cases
Goal:
Consider the use of a data focused policy for a business.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
Format:
This is an individual task. You will investigate a data focused policy for a business. You will explore the data that the business collects and examine how this policy might impact on the way the business uses, stores, and governs, its data.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Analysis of the data usage in an existing small/medium business
1
2
Application of knowledge of business data policies.
2
3
Communication skills in a business context.
4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required S. Christian Albright & Wayne L. Winston 2020 Business Analytics Data Analysis and Decision Making 7th Cengage
Recommended Data Management Association,Deborah Henderson,Susan Earley 2017 DAMA-DMBOK 2nd DAMA International
Required Dewey E. Ray 2017 Valuing Data n/a Taylor & Francis

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised at the following maximum rate:

5% (of the assessment task’s identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
10% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the third day
20% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task.
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late.

To request an extension, you must contact your Course Coordinator and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.

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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

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