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10IPT: Decision Support Systems

posted May 22, 2011, 1:56 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated May 22, 2011, 2:32 PM ]
This is it - our final topic in the HSC IPT course! There are only 13 school days to your next exam, 40 school days to your HSC trial exam, and 66 school days to your actual external HSC exam. That's going to race by. So let's get a move on! Please complete the following tasks:
  1. Define a decision support system.

  2. Justify the existence and proliferation of computer-based decision support systems with reference to the following elements from our class discussion:
    • Decisions made on a daily basis
    • The diverse range of options for any given decision
    • The importance of data in the decision-making process

  3. Consider a specific situation relevant to your life where you are responsible for making decisions, and explain the ways in which a DSS could be helpful.

  4. The following tasks relate to the 'Structure Continuum'.
    • Contrast between the two ends of the continuum.
    • Identify the (approximate) locations on the continuum where your original set of decisions lies. If your decisions all tend to lie in a similar area, think of further examples that fill up the less-represented parts of the continuum.
Don't forget that the prototyping stage is due on Thursday morning! Read the marking scheme clearly and make sure that what you deliver meets the criteria.