Module: Information Systems

IT Students

Dr David Kidner takes us inside the module Information Systems Analysis And Design 1.
An Information System helps us to understand our data, so that we can make better decisions.

Throughout the year, we will be looking at the development of a Crime Information System which stores data about the type of offences and their location.

By adding other datasets, such as Census or Demographic data and information about the Police, Offenders and Victims, we can build up a valuable resource to understand the nature of crime and any patterns in the data. 

For example, we may ask:

  • Where do the most burglaries occur?
  • Why is there more antisocial behaviour in Treforest than Taffs Well?
  • Does having more Police on the streets reduce crime in that vicinity?

The course will consider this case study by first understanding the problem and the requirements of such an information system. 

By organising our data efficiently (e.g. Crimes, Police, Offenders, Victims) and the relationships between them, we can develop very effective solutions to our questions and queries.

Students will use the latest Police datasets to design, develop and analyse their own Crime Information Systems – using real-world data to generate information which might otherwise not be identified.