MSC310 - Decision Analysis I

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Subject Title
Decision Analysis I

Subject Description
Students are introduced to relational database management systems as tools for business decision making. The focus is on the design and creation of microcomputer database applications according to basic relational principles. Topics include the creation and use of tables, custom forms for user input and output, custom queries for data analysis, and custom reports for decision making.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Create databases and tables with appropriate fields and field properties, change field names and sizes, and demonstrate the ability to add, delete or edit records.
  2. Create queries, sort records as required, apply appropriate criteria to achieve a stated query requirement, and join three or more tables.
  3. Create any of the standard forms and reports, using wizards, with emphasis on groups, totals and summaries.
  4. Create custom form layouts including subforms, and complex reports, such as invoices, referencing at least three tables, without using wizards.
  5. Explain the basic purposes, principles and vocabulary of relational databases.

Essential Employability Skills
Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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