FIT2011 Decision Support Systems Fundamentals

FIT2011 Decision Support Systems Fundamentals
By Dr Rob Meredith
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This is a Monash University podcast for the unit FIT2011 Decision Support Systems Fundamentals.
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Oct. 22, 2010
This week's lecture revises the content from the previous twelve weeks and discusses the exam and how to prepare for it.
Oct. 8, 2010
This lecture looks at the issues of how to integrate decision support technology projects into organisations from a strategy and governance perspective.  We begin by looking at a case study of a Business Intelligence project that went off the rails as a result of poor governance decisions and highlights the need for an alternative approach to more traditional kinds of IT governance.
Sept. 29, 2010
This week's lecture looks at OLAP, Executive Information Systems and Business Intelligence Systems, and in particular, their use as part of an organisational strategy of corporate performance measurement (CPM).  The lecture was meant to also look at a BI development case study, but we ran out of time, so we'll look at that next week.
Sept. 29, 2010
Rob and Reza discuss how Assignment Two went, and provide some tips for preparing Assignment Two.
Sept. 16, 2010
This week's lecture looks at a common approach in organisations to provide the data infrastructure needed to develop and operate business intelligence and decision support systems.  The design requirements for data warehouses differ from other kinds of databases significantly, and this lecture looks at the data modelling and technical architecture approaches used.  We also look at a small case study from industry.
Sept. 9, 2010
Systems Dynamics is a modelling technique that is useful for understanding dynamic scenarios.  It allows decision makers to understand the structure of a decision situation where various interacting factors lead to positive and negative feedback loops, and simulations allow them to play out 'what if?' scenarios.  We'll be using systems dynamics in the second assignment.
Sept. 1, 2010
Building on last week's material where we looked at development issues for DSS and the importance of an evolutionary approach, we look at two case studies of personal DSS projects.  References are in the slides if you want to read more detail about the cases.The first shows the Monash DSS method in action, while the second shows a cognitive debiasing approach.
Aug. 30, 2010
Rob, Pamela and Reza have a short discussion to talk about what they're looking for in your submissions for assignment one.  We talk about some of the common questions we've been asked, as well as things that we've seen done well in the past.
Aug. 25, 2010
Decision support systems (DSS) are fundamentally different to other kinds of IT systems: their users and the task being supported mean that it's difficult to gather system design requirements until the users have a chance to understand the decision problem better.  This creates a chicken-and-egg scenario since the intent of a DSS is to provide that better understanding.This lecture looks at what a systems development methodology is, and uses Peter Keen's model of the system, user and builder to explain why DSS require an evolutionary development approach.  The Monash DSS development methodology is then presented as an example of an evolutionary approach to DSS.
Aug. 18, 2010
We continue to look at different types of cognitive biases this week, but also turn our attention to general approaches to dealing with them.  We look at three debiasing frameworks from Keren, Fischoff and Bazerman.