Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Data Driven Decision Making

 Title Abbreviation:   DATA DRIVEN DECIS MAKING

 Department:    BUS

 Course #:    430

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    520201

 EPC:    502

 REV:    2018


 Course Description  

Presents critical problem-solving methodologies including multi-disciplinary observational and field research, and how data collection methods enhance organizational performance and the ability to use data to make informed decisions. Topics include qualitative and quantitative analysis, and statistical and quality tools. Focuses on the integration of business function knowledge acquired in prior BASAM courses and advances capabilities in PowerPoint, Excel, and data visualization products such as Tableau.

 Prerequisite  

Admission to BASAM program and BASAM Director permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply a variety of decision-analysis tools to evaluate alternatives during the decision-making processes.
  2. Analyze how work is accomplished and utilize quality metrics and tools to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and quality.
  3. Use decision-making methods to develop strategies for organizational decision processes.
  4. Differentiate and analyze data from qualitative and quantitative business intelligence and knowledge management systems to make appropriate decisions.
  5. Use quantitative techniques and tools to identify the most appropriate decision alternatives.
  6. Analyze decision-making for equitable and sustainability impacts.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Variety of decision-analysis tools to evaluate alternatives during the decision-making processes.
  2. How work is accomplished and utilize quality metrics and tools to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and quality.
  3. Decision-making methods to develop strategies for organizational decision processes.
  4. Data from qualitative and quantitative business intelligence and knowledge management systems to make appropriate decisions.
  5. Quantitative techniques and tools to identify the most appropriate decision alternatives.
  6. Decision-making for equitable and sustainability impacts.