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Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively develop, apply and research business intelligence systems. These are computerised information systems which support an organisation in the decision making process. Many of the techniques used in this area are underpinned by predictive statistics and mathematical modelling.

Overview

Reasons to study Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining at De Montfort University:

This course emphasises the concepts and techniques of business intelligence systems and their application and development, which are underpinned and exemplified via the learning of one or more contemporary ‘best of breed’ business intelligence software tools.

  • Advance your skills in, and knowledge of, developing business intelligence systems and data mining solutions to business problems
  • This course is SAS-endorsed, and you will be taught by experienced SAS accredited teaching staff
  • Benefit from our history of more than 50 years of research and teaching in computing and technology, allowing you to gain academic expertise and knowledge whilst you study
  • Gain an insight into real world solutions with our research groups; you will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures and seminars, which will give you a real understanding on the impact of their work
  • Enhance your employability and gain substantial knowledge and skills in the deployment of SAS business intelligence software leading towards SAS data miner accreditation
  • Be prepared for business intelligence and data mining roles within any target industry, with the additional option to complete a placement year in industry
  • Recent graduates have gone into roles such as BI/SQL developers at organisations including Cognisco, Logistics Data Modeller at LLamasoft and Insight Analyst at Occam DM*

 

Scholarships

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship.

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 

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Computing MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert 

Information Systems Management MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), two to six years part-time and distance learning

Fees and funding: £5,100

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), two to six years part-time and distance learning

Fees and funding: £12,700

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

 

 

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

If you feel you would like to talk to us about your qualifications before submitting an application please do not hesitate to call or email using the contact details below.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Industry association

 

 

First semester (September to January)

• Fundamentals of Business Intelligence Systems

• Analytics Programming

• Data Warehouse Design and OLAP

• Research Methods

 

Second semester (February to May)

• Data Mining

• Business Intelligence Systems Application and Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Plus two from the following list:

• Management of Information Systems

• Human Factors in Systems Design

• Applied Computational Intelligence

• Artificial Neural Networks

 Third semester (June to September)

  • The individual project module.

 

 

Teaching will normally be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be cariied out through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, reports, projects and exams.

Compulsory taught modules give you the opportunity to gain the fundamental knowledge and practices required to apply, develop and research business intelligence systems, while optional modules provide you with chances to study particular aspects of system application and development in more depth. 

 

The individual project module allows you to undertake research into an aspect of business intelligence systems that interests you, and/or to perform appropriate business intelligence development tasks in response to a given practical problem.

Contact and learning hours

Full-time students will normally attend around 16 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week, and can expect to undertake around 24 further hours of self-directed independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation.

 

 

This course was developed and is run in conjunction with SAS.

SAS is the world's largest independent business analytics company. It provides an integrated set of software products and services to more than 45,000 customer sites in 118 countries. Across the globe, both the public and private sector use SAS software to assist in their efforts to compete and excel in a climate of unprecedented economic uncertainty and globalization.

 

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Facilities and features

Facilities

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux).

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid your learning. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source, which means students can download and run the software at home.

The Computer Science laboratories include a study area, in which you can work individually or in groups.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers

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This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate Careers

This course prepares graduates for business intelligence and data mining roles within any target industry. There is a very high market demand for SAS expertise, and our graduates will be able to take up such opportunities. You will also be well placed to take up more general management and business information systems development roles within industry, and to undertake academic research in this field.

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