Data Science Top-up Course to BSc
Top up-to BSc (Hons) Data Science builds on your HND qualification and develops essential knowledge and skills for business intelligence solutions and systems to support data driven decision making in business, an area in high demand in almost every industry.
5 reasons to study here
- Business priority: Business intelligence has scored as a Top 5 technology priority for businesses for the last eight years (Gartner EXP survey 2007-2014)
- Business ready: Combine system-development skills with business-orientated knowledge.
- Sophisticated software: Access to a range of data science tools ranging from simple reporting technologies to sophisticated business intelligence platforms, including Microsoft Excel, Tableau, SAS Enterprise Miner, SAS Enterprise Guide, SQL Server 2012, and Hadoop.
- Knowledge building: Builds on the technical knowledge of HND experience and develops the academic research skills required for a full BSc (Hons) degree qualification.
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This course covers...
This course is innovative and it is a unique undergraduate course within the UK. This course has a strong focus on the practical skills required to work in the sector. This course covers:
- business and professional issues
- mathematical analysis
- media and networks
- software development
- user-centred design
- Business intelligence
- Data mining.
Taught modules (September - May)
- Introduction to Data Science
This module is the first specialty module for the Business Intelligence pathway. The module provides a comprehensive overview of business intelligence and introduces the concepts, framework, architecture, main components, tools and platforms of business intelligence. The focus of the practical aspect of this module is business intelligence reporting. You'll gain hands-on experience of implementing a desktop-based dashboard system for business intelligence reporting using Tableau® Desktop and SAS® Enterprise Guide. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- Research & Professional Practice
This module will provide you with the necessary methodological, analytical and development skills needed to design, implement, and analyse a piece of independent research or development piece of work in the form of a consultancy tender, reflection, etc. at an undergraduate level in the field of Informatics. The module will focus on general issues you're likely to adopt for your research project such as: the Research and Development life cycle; collecting and analysing primary and secondary sources of knowledge; elementary consultancy skills, ethics and managing your time effectively and presenting your findings in a coherent manner. The module will focus on specific issues related to your chosen pathway by providing specific pathway tutorial groups where you'll explore, in greater depth, those issues most likely to be relevant for your chosen pathway. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Principles of Data Mining
This module provides a broad introduction to the basic theory, concepts, and techniques of data mining, and its role in business intelligence. It will cover the main topics in the area. The focus of the practical aspect of this module is business analytics. SAS® Enterprise Miner and SAS® Enterprise Guide will be taught and used throughout in order for you to develop practical skills in solving real world data mining problems. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- Designing BI Systems
This module covers the knowledge, tools and techniques necessary for the design of Business Intelligence (BI) Systems. Also the techniques and practices for building typical environments for use in a range of BI–based analytics purposes.
- IS Project Management
As you come towards the end of your honours degree, this module takes a broad and reflective view of the profession in a holistic and critical manner. It considers matters of professional and ethical relevance, and particularly considers issues that are of contemporary significance to the subject area. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- Strategic IT Management
This module will introduce you to the concepts involved in strategic management of information technology. It's designed to address the considerable managerial problems that exist for managers seeking to ensure the effective and efficient utilisation of information technology to aid business performance in contemporary organisations. The module will develop your ability to evaluate the impact of IT/IS on a wider global economy, and the influence of IT/IS in modern corporate enterprises. You'll be expected to identify the role and expectations of various stakeholders in any contemporary organisation businesses as part of the strategic IT/IS planning process. Assessment method: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
Project module (June - September)
- Honours Informatics Project
The project contributes significantly towards the final degree. In your final year you'll spend about 2 days a week on your project. Future employers will probably ask you about your project, and use performance in the project as one of the most reliable guides to your potential. Requests for references often ask about the project. This module will allow you to demonstrate, through a practical application, the extent of theoretical knowledge gained in the first two years of study, practical skills acquired in the subsequent year of industrial or commercial training and further theoretical and practical skills acquired during the final year of study. The project is therefore a very important piece of work. The project is intended to demonstrate to the examiners your ability to undertake and complete, to a satisfactory standard, all the parts of a professional piece of work. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
This course will equip you with the skills needed to work within data science across a range of organisations and sectors. Companies are actively recruiting graduates with the ability to develop and implement effective business intelligence solutions. Job prospects for students graduating from this course are high.
Intelligence - a business priority
In a world of technology based business, many businesses are data rich but information poor,and business intelligence has scored as a Top 5 technology priority for businesses for the last eight years (Gartner EXP survey 2007-2014).
Skills for work
Our degrees in this area equip working professional who require a combination of computing and other capabilities, especially in the world of business and commerce. You'll develop a wide range of employability skills through an emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching.
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- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
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Teaching and learning
This course is part of an Information Technology framework, designed to give the most flexibility and opportunity for specialisation to suit your career aspirations, courses include:
HND in an appropriate subject
- Successful record of relevant, recent study to a level broadly equivalent to years one and two of undergraduate study, which would be a HND in a relevant subject, with at least 3 merits in HND plus 2 others on merit.
- Demonstrable managerial experience (where appropriate).
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