The course emphasizes the active and significant role managers must assume in the analysis, design, use, and management information systems. It covers the planning and organization of an MIS project, strategies for the determination of requirements, the transition from analysis to design, the conceptual design of the new system, phases in the implementations process, an conversion methods.

This course shows where data warehouse and business intelligence technologies are at in this point in time so that business managers know what is possible for their next business strategy. As such this unit is primarily concerned at awareness of what these technologies are currently capable of, rather than create business intelligence developers. The unit will follow a typical lifecycle of a data warehouse/business intelligence project, involving the following broad phases: extraction transformation and loading data from source systems; building OLAP cubes, once the preserve of elite analysts, OLAP is quickly becoming a ubiquitous technology; data mining, once the preserve of the Fortune 100 companies, it is now a commodity technology available to all; creating business intelligence tools.