Communications of the IIMA


Over the past years data warehousing and data mining tools have evolved from research into a unique and popular business application class for decision support and business intelligence. The paper presents and discusses the main components and contents of a course in data warehousing and data mining offered in the graduate business curriculum of an American university in the Midwest. Further, it also discusses how the course was delivered. The course has been designed from lessons learned in research and practice in the field. Key to the development and success of the course is an on-going collaboration between a large company in the retailing branch and the university. Collaboration with the business world has proven invaluable in building bridges between the academic institution and the real world. However, teaching a course in a dynamic field like this will always remain a challenge.