Business Intelligence Technologies (BA)


George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology/Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Program Description

Business intelligence is widely embraced by companies to help executives in decision making. It allows companies to more accurately see pictures of what the business is doing and aims at enabling rich insights and better decision making. Business intelligence encompasses a wide range of technologies to support analyzing business data, transforming information and generating intelligence. Technologies play important roles in business intelligence systems and form the foundation of its architecture. More and more companies need knowledgeable people to perform analysis and gain the company’s success through analytically focused strategies. Studies show that there is a constant demand for data analysis and information analysts who can understand database, query data, perform activities in analytical processing, statistical analysis, forecasting, and data mining. The program is created to meet this demand helping students understand underlying concepts and methodologies that are used in business intelligence processes. Students in the program will be armed with various technologies that support effective business decision making in today’s increasingly competitive environment.

The required core courses of this program will be available online. Students in the program will study concepts and principles in business intelligence and the underlying building technologies. Students will experience a broad category of applications and techniques for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to help business users perform better decision making. The skill set learned from the program will enable students to take challenges in the process of transforming data to meaningful information and identifying new opportunities for the business, which will better position them towards professional accomplishment in their lifelong learning process.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Student will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills in the field of business intelligence.
  • Student will be able to demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to the program content.
  • Student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and principles of software systems.
  • Student will be able to analyze, design and document a system component using appropriate business intelligence techniques and models.
  • Student will be able to make a presentation of a business intelligence system project including the demonstration of a working application.
  • Student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of business intelligence systems and technologies.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 36 required credit hours*
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

*At least 18 of the required 36 credit hours must be taken at Webster University. All upper-level courses must be taken at Webster University.

All core courses are available via the Internet

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Required Courses

  • CSIS 1500 Introduction to Business Technologies (3 hours)
  • COSC 2670 Telecommunications (3 hours)
  • COSC 2810 Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)
  • MATH 1360 Business Mathematics (3 hours)
  • CSIS 3410 Information Analysis (3 hours)
  • CSIS 3500 Service-Oriented Architecture (3 hours)
  • CSIS 4300 Database Systems (3 hours)
  • CSIS 4310 Decision Support Systems (3 hours)
  • CSIS 4320 Data Warehousing (3 hours)
  • CSIS 4330 Data Mining (3 hours)

Students who do not have a minor or a certificate in Web Site Design or Web Site Development are required to take the following courses:

  • COAP 2000 Introduction to Web Programming (3 hours)
  • COAP 2100 Web Technology Principles (3 hours)

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