Have you ever noticed the adverts down the side of your Facebook page or received an email promoting a product you were 'looking for'? Do you wonder how this happens? Business intelligence and the insight it provides is now at the forefront of driving companies' strategic decisions. It's vital for businesses to understand their performance but, more importantly, identify their future potential.
This course teaches you to utilise data that is available to an organisation and present this information in an accessible format which will enable decision makers within a company to plan for the future.
You will study modules that are accredited by SAS - an industry leader in developing business intelligence tools - and this unique relationship will build your knowledge of their systems, enhancing your skillset to analyse data.
Whether it's to improve products, processes, consumer relationships or target customers - firms across all industries and managers across all departments benefit from good business intelligence. We will equip you with the skills to analyse data systems, advise colleagues and take a leading role in shaping a company's decisions.
You will graduate with the ability to understand the data and its sources, design and implement a data warehouse, and be able to act upon this information to support the business strategy planning. We will develop your skills in predictive analysis, report writing, identifying patterns, and how outside factors and current issues can affect the findings.
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Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
Whether it's retail, insurance, banking, education, hospitals, police, medical research or the military - you will have the skills to help lead any business in any industry that uses business intelligence to make strategic decisions. If you already work in industry, possibly as a programmer or in IT, our course will help facilitate your career progression.
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The NHS, banks and police are among those who already use SAS system tools, and you will have the opportunity to take the SAS test, a chance to become accredited to work on their systems.
SAS want to see a higher number of business intelligence graduates who possess more than just a background in maths and statistics - they also want strong computing skills. You will be one such graduate.
Guest speakers from the business intelligence industry will also improve your knowledge and understanding of how data can be used by companies to plan their next business move.
Professor Mohammad Dastbaz
Dean, Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology
"We aim to provide innovation in curriculum, engagement with current industry practices and standards, and to give our students the experience of working with staff whose research has national and international reputation."
Mohammad is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology,having joined our University in June 2011 from the University of East London. A well published researcher, with over 50 refereed conference and Journal publications, his research profile includes many funded research programmes including JISC and EU FP7 projects. Mohammad’s first degree was in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He then went on to complete a PhD in the 'Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Based Learning Systems' at Kingston University. In 1989 he set up one of the UK's first multimedia PC companies, 'Systems 2000'.
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