ITECH1103 Big Data and Analytics
This is a group assignment and you will complete the task with your team. Your team will be made up of at most 3 members who are all enrolled in the same laboratory – the teams will be allocated by your tutor. It is expected that each team member will contribute equally to the project.
Your team will use an analytical tool (i.e SAS Visual Analytics) to explore, analyze and visualize the dataset provided. You will receive feedback on the draft about presentation choices, content, analysis, and style.
The aim is to use the data set allocated to provide interesting insights, trends and patterns amongst the data. Your intended audience is the CEO and middle management of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who are responsible for overseeing the health industry in America.
In addition, each individual team member will write a short reflection as part of the report on their individual experience on working on the project.
Group Analytic Report Tasks
Task 1- Background information - Write a description of the dataset and project, and its importance for the organization. Discuss the main benefits of using visual analytics to explore big data. In this you should include a justification for using the visualizations that you will use and how they have been successful in other similar projects. This discussion should be suitable for a general audience. Information must come from at least 6 appropriate sources (2 per student) be appropriately referenced. [2 to 3 pages]
Task 2 – Reporting / Dashboards - For your project, perform the relevant data analysis tasks by answering the guided questions provided (see Appendix for questions and dataset) and, identify the visualization you need to develop.
Task 3 – Additional Visualizations - In addition to the guided questions, it is expected that each student will provide at least two other visualizations of the data (i.e. for a group of 3 students this is 6 extra visualizations). These additional visualizations will be judged in terms of quality of the findings and complexity of analysis.
These visualizations should be using multi-dimensional, filtering and advance calculation techniques.
Task 4 – Justification -Justify why these visualizations are chosen in Task 2 and 3. Note: To ensure that you discuss this task properly, you must include visual samples of the reports you produce (i.e. the screenshots of the BI report/dashboard must be presented and explained in the written report; use ‘Snipping tool’), and also include any assumptions that you may have made about the analysis in your Task 2 (i.e. the report to the operational team of the company).[1 to 2 pages]
Task 5 – Discussion of findings – using the visualizations created discuss the findings from the data set. In this discussion you should explain what each visualization shows. Then summarize the main findings. [3 to 4 pages]
Task 6 – Executive Summary – summary of the data analysis including a brief introduction, methods used and a list of the key findings.
Task 7 - The Reflection (Individual Task) - each team member is expected to write a brief reflection about this project in terms of challenges, learning and contribution.