At one end of the big data spectrum lies the IT systems that collect, store, and manage it all. At the other end are the non-technical users who rely upon that data to make agile decisions every day. Somewhere in between some magic happens to get the right data into the right minds at the right time.
This short course is about that magic. Big data is not enough – we need information which can support agile decisions. This is a combination of Agile philosophies, information usage principles, and decision-making psychology. The old fashioned “report” is of a bygone era. We need more than just the facts; we need to understand them.
This course will explore the stepping stones between how humans make agile decisions, how we interpret information through visualisation, and how information management systems can work to support it all. Whether you are a collector, caretaker, or consumer of business information – this course will have something for you.
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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Module 1: Decision Psychology
A detailed look at how humans make decisions. We explore our relationship with information and its parameters and consider all the things that influence our decisions. These concepts underpin further topics on data and information usage.
Module 2: Agile Management & Decisions
This week explores the way in which agile principles are reshaping modern management practice. This looks at decisions specifically within the business context and how this is changing our relationship with data and information to support decision agility.
Module 3: Data Visualisation
A deep dive into some of the tools and techniques used to understand what the data can tell us. This is about how we can visually present and interpret data to aid our decisions in the best way.
Module 4: Info Retrieval & Agile Reporting
In the age of the “dashboard”, “pull” and “just-in-time” we look at how reporting has changed to meet the needs of the modern workplace. We explore how to enhance our information systems to deliver outputs that are more useful in today’s world.
- Exam pass mark: 50%
- Time limit: 1 hour
- Attempts allowed: one
- Format: 40 multiple choice questions
Course Information Q&A
Who will present the webinars?
Brenton Burchmore is one of our leading (and most popular) subject authors and mentors. After two decades in the corporate IT world, he has spent the last decade designing and teaching business and IT-related subjects such as these to over 85,000 students.
Over the past decade Brenton has authored more than a dozen Masters subjects that relate to these topics. From Agile Project Management to IT service Management, Professional Communications to Business Analysis – and a long list of professional disciplines in between, Brenton has explored all of ways in which humans use information and make decisions in the modern workplace. This is in addition to his prior 20-year history in corporate leadership which he constantly draws upon.
Here, for the first time, he brings decision making all together into this short course. These are some of the most advanced and profound ideas that his work has thus far revealed. Don’t miss them.
What is the aim of this short course?
The aim of the short course is to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via online learning with Charles Sturt University. The short course is based on the first few weeks of subject MGT501, which is one of the core subjects in the Master of Business Administration (Computing – with Specialisations).
What is included?
In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with suggested reading materials, audio lectures, an active discussion forum and a weekly activity to complete.
Is there a final exam?
Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open-book exam that you will sit at your computer.
Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?
Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for the exam.
Will the course qualify me for university credit?
Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.
Are there any pre-requisites for the course?
No, you can sit this short course all by itself.
This course is aimed at students familiar with the importance of business information, with a user-level knowledge of information management. This is a non-technical subject and students do not need a technical data background.
Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?
No — all essential materials will be supplied.
Will the webinars be recorded?
Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.