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IPT: Introduction to Decision Support Systems

posted May 25, 2009, 5:49 AM by Eddie Woo
This morning we begin work on our second (and final) option topic, Decision Support Systems. The following questions will be discussed in groups during the lesson:
  1. What decisions do you make on a daily basis?
  2. What criteria do you use to select between the variety of options for each decision?
  3. What data assists your decision-making process?
The following should be answered in a classwork post:
  1. You are to design a computer-based information system to help you make your life's decisions. Concretely and specifically outline the features and abilities it would need to be effective.
  2. Describe the ways how (and reasons why) that a computer-based information system would be uniquely suited to fill the role of supporting human decisions.
  3. Identify the principle drawbacks in using computer-based decision support systems.
  4. Construct a scenario in which a decision support system provides essential assistance in a decision-making process. (This may be entirely fictitious or based on an actual historical event.) Hence demonstrate the benefits of an effective decision support system.
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