The core "things" we need to consider at CSU

Concepts & Relationships | CSU Information Models

Concepts & Relationships

A model showing the relationship between key CSU ‘things’. This example is from an Academic perspective but you could describe the whole organisation this way -but it can get very complicated, very quickly!

CSU Entity Data Model

The line between the boxes means there is a relationship between them. How these two items are related sits above the line in italics. The example above would read like this – “A Student enrols in [an] Subject Offering”. The text in red provides an example.

A student doesn’t enrol in a subject. They actually enrol in a subject offering, which is a combination of subject + location + term + mode (four other ‘things’).

CSU is a complex place and this is one simple example of that complexity. Often this knowledge is only in people’s heads and has never been documented before.

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CSU Information Models

CSU have created detailed Information or "Data Models". They are similar to the above model but describe in detail many more objects than are shown here. They also include definitions, relationship details, attributes, the systems where information is (and isn't) stored about these things, and who is responsible for them.

Identifying, defining, documenting and disseminating CSU "things" (or entities) is good knowledge management. It aims to improve communication and the information needed to do our jobs. Understanding the relationships between "things" helps determine dependencies and enables us to review the impacts of change in a more considered way.

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