Data Management Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Most students in today's time know about smart device data storage, but do they know how organizations manage large amounts of data? This lesson plan explores data management from a business perspective and includes reading material, questions, an activity and quiz.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • define data management
  • discuss why data management is important to organizations
  • explain five data management tools


90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.



  • Begin the lesson by asking students to explain how they manage and backup their social media messages, photos and documents.
  • Then explain that this lesson explores data management from an organizational perspective.
  • Distribute the What is Data Management? - Definition & Tools lesson, select a volunteer to read 'What Is Data Management?' and 'Why Manage Data?' out loud, then pose the following discussion points:
    • Define data management.
    • Why is data management important?
    • Describe the term 'big data'.
  • Next choose another student to read 'Data Management Tools', then ask students to answer these prompts:
    • Explain data governance.
    • Why should data governance be one of the first steps in the data management process?
    • Which tool would protect an organization's data from being destroyed by a tsunami?
    • Identify the tool that prevents piracy.
    • Provide an example of reference data not listed in the lesson.
    • Discuss how poor quality of data can impact an organization.
  • Now ask students to read the 'Lesson Summary' independently.
  • Next distribute the lesson quiz allow students to work in pairs, then review the answers.

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