Module Title:   Decision Support Systems

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0606D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   SCIM (Dept of Computer Science)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr K Dahal

Additional Tutor(s):   tbc

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
To critically evaluate decision theory and the generalised methods which have been developed for supporting decisions and gain a systematic understanding of the characteristics, feasibility and the supporting mathematics of decision support systems.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lectures will concentrate on concepts, principles and theories of the decision support methods. These will be supported by practical exercises and case studies undertaken during tutorials and direct study. Labs will focus on the application of computer technologies to decision making process. Oral feedback will be given during the tutorials and labs. Practical understanding and skills will be tested through coursework. The formal examination will assess the learning outcomes.

Lectures:   24.00          Directed Study:   149.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   3.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

analyse the need for, and effectiveness of, computerised methods for supporting decision making in business, and apply mathematics of decision support systems.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

evaulate and apply information and Information Technologies both systematically and creatively in solving decision making problems.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate analytical and decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations.

  Coursework   20%
 
  Coursework (decision analysis exercise and report with 1000 words)
  Examination - closed book 3.00 80%
 
  Exam
  Examination - closed book 3.00 100%
 
  Supplementary exam

Outline Syllabus:
The course is comprised of three major components. The first examines the types of decision which have to be made, the different working environments in which they could be used, the different types of people which make decisions and the different styles of decision making. It addresses the question `is it possible to construct a generalised DSS given the wide diversity of environments in which it has to reside?` and concludes by examining ways in which the organisation of industry may change as a consequence of applying this technology. The second component of this course studies Decision Theory and reviews the generalised theories which have been developed for supporting decisions. The final component merges these two to demonstrate that DSS can indeed be of use and have real potential.

Reading list:
- Applied Management Science, John Lawrence & Barry Pasternack, Wiley

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