Using Crime Data as an Instructional Tool to Illustrate Business Intelligence
In the Management Information Systems classroom, faculty are encouraged to provide a student focused learning environment that focuses on utilizing business and industry practices as tools. Examples should incorporate concepts which students can readily comprehend. With this in mind, the City of Houston Uniform Crime Report Statistics spreadsheet and database data is being utilized in a College of Business MIS program. In this paper, examples will be described which provide illustrations showing how this ever changing Crime Report data provides an instructional landscape that students can readily recognize and which, can also be used as a tool that reinforces learning. Varying examples will be shown to illustrate the use of reinforcement learning. As examples, crime data will be shown to demonstrate concepts in an assortment of courses taught in the MIS discipline such as the Management of Information Systems course, Microcomputer Applications course, Introduction to Database course, and the Business Intelligence course.