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Business Data Analytics BSc (Hons)

Develop your practical IT abilities, learn how to extract information from systems in business, government and society, expertly develop models and uncover previously unknown trends and patterns to support organisational decision-making.

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Overview

Please note: this course was previously titled 'Computing for Business BSc (Hons)'

The field of data analytics is becoming increasingly more relevant and important. Insight-driven businesses are said to be growing at an average of more than 30 per cent each year, creating a demand for professionals skilled in data analytics. 

This course provides a broad understanding of information systems coupled with in-depth exploration of analytics knowledge and concepts to help you derive valuable information and insights from data. The course covers a range of subjects to prepare for a career in the sector, and benefits from insight from DMU’s internationally-renowned research institutes, embedding ethics and the impact of computing and technology within the modules. 

Professionalism within an industry context is emphasized throughout, with strong links to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Students are exposed to industry-standard concepts, tools and technologies, exploring the fundamental underlying principles of data analytics. Our teaching staff contribute to the field through internationally-recognised research or industrial consultancy, and many are members of centres that pioneer cutting-edge research.

On graduating from this course, our students are equipped with the skills needed for successful careers in industry or academia, as competent and independent lifelong learners. The programme will prepare you for careers in fields such as data and systems analysis and design, system, security, project and knowledge management, big data architect roles, data consultant roles and business consultancy.

Key features

  • Gain an industry-recognised qualification and a skill set sought by employers across the industry. 
  • Learn from our computing experience built over more than 50 years, a long-standing history allowing you to draw on a wealth of research and academic expertise.
  • Through block teaching, you will focus on one subject at a time instead of several at once. This means that you will be able to focus closely on each subject and absorb your learning material in more depth, whilst working more closely with your tutors and course mates.
  • Our computer science and engineering and technology subjects have scored highly in the Times Higher Education’s 2020 World University Rankings, meaning you can benefit from the outstanding level of research, teaching and learning on offer at DMU.
  • Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Previous students have benefited from placements at leading organisations including at Hewlett-Packard, Intel Corporation, Thomson Reuters, E.ON, GlaxoSmithKline, TNT Express, and AstraZeneca.
  • Develop your practical skills in our specialist facilities, with 100 computer workstations on campus divided into five interconnected laboratories, each with 20 high-specification PCs running Windows/Linux.

"I enjoyed the course because it prepared me for the field in which I would like to work. My placement year provided hands-on experience and allowed me to put theory into practice. I would definitely recommend this course."

Chiyanjo Kazuwa, Computing for Business BSc (Hons)

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G530

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G530

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our  online applications portal.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics  or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics  GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance. 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

 

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) 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.

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Structure and assessment

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Find out more information about Education 2030.

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Year one

Block 1: Foundations of Computing

Block 2: Programming in Python

Block 3: Data Analytics and Statistics

Block 4: Information Systems Analysis and Design

 

Year two

Block 1: Advanced Data Analytics and Visualisation

Block 2: Operational Research

Block 3: Introduction to Information Security

Block 3: Information and Database Development

Block 4: Integrated Project

Year three

Block 1: Advanced Statistics for Business

Block 1: Advanced Business Modelling

Block 2: Business Systems Solutions

Block 3 / 4: Final Year Project

Optional modules (select one):

  • Block 3 / 4: Privacy and Data Protection
  • Block 3 / 4: Database Management and Programming
  • Block 3 / 4: Data Mining
  • Block 3 / 4: Information and Communication Technologies for Development

See detailed module information


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.


See pre-Education 2030 version of this course.

The modules making up the course employ a range of learning and teaching strategies including: (1) staff directed teaching and learning via lectures, seminars, laboratories; (2) case-study and lab based exercises for the dissemination of knowledge, information and the demonstration of processes and techniques; (3) student centred learning via collaborative and group based learning by group assignments and projects, (4) individual independent learning using literature sources, internet sources and further research (incl. Web based resources) (5) presentation of findings, report writing, assignments, practice (6) practical work based exercises for the development of skills and understanding and (7) project-based learning to develop research, presentation and communication skills.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria are vested in the individual modules constituting the programme. Each module template specifies the assessment methods and reassessment details which are appropriate to the aims and objectives and the teaching and learning strategy of the module. Normally some modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and a phase test. Where subject content of the module is more appropriate to be assessed using coursework, these modules are assessed by 100% coursework. Methods of assessment for the modules therefore may include: Time constrained phase tests, Portfolios of work, Laboratory exercises, Oral examinations, Demonstrations, Individual & individually assessed group work, Project work, Reports & presentations and Research reports. When needed all work is submitted to Turnitin.

 

 

Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide over 100 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines, and a fifth laboratory with 23 machines.

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media 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 software at home.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Sainsbury's partnership kick-starts careers for 16 DMU students.

Sixteen De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students have secured sought-after jobs with Sainsbury’s before graduating this summer, thanks to a fruitful partnership.

DMU has been working closely with the supermarket giant to raise awareness of the software engineer positions available at the company’s store support centre in Coventry.

Inviting Sainsbury’s to a networking event last June resulted in three DMU graduates being hired. This year representatives from the company - including those graduates - addressed more than 200 students in the School of Computer Science and Informatics

"Computing has given me fundamental knowledge in different areas. The course has taught me programming skills that are attractive to employers, such as visual web development, HTML5, C# programming, database management and reporting." Egle Sciglinskaite, Computing BSc (Hons)

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer overseas opportunities in the future.

Previous DMU Global trips have seen Computing and Computer Science students explore the Silicon Docks in Dublin and be inspired by the educational and networking opportunities at the SAS Global Forum in Dallas.

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Placements

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Our Computing for Business students have recently secured placements at companies such as GE Aviation, Next Plc, Automotive Insights Ltd, Go Inspire and Onvu Retail Ltd.

Valuable placement year kick-starts Karishma's career.

Graduating with a First and embarking on her dream career during a global pandemic is thanks to completing a placement year, according to Karishma Samani.

The Computing for Business graduate, who joined De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) through Clearing four years ago, secured a job in February with Kainos, an award-winning company specialising in digital solutions for commercial, public and healthcare clients worldwide.

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