Graduate Diploma in Management (Business Analytics) (Graduate Diploma in Management (Business Analytics))

Dublin City University (TBC)
Key Programme Details
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Graduate Diploma

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Business School

General Information
Contact

Deirdre O'Reilly

Email

executive.education@dcu.ie

Phone

+353 (1) 700 7719

Address

Dublin City University Business School, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Role

Administration

Important Dates
Application Deadline

11/12/2020

Start Date

18/01/2021

End Date

15/01/2022

About this Course

** Note: Due to significant ongoing interest in this programme, the deadline for applications has been extended to close of business Friday 11th December.
Please note places will be offered to applicants who submit all application information with uploaded required documentation in a single file and meet eligibility criteria, on a first-come-first-response basis. **

Big data, cloud computing, social business and mobile computing are transforming the business landscape and disrupting industries worldwide. The fourth industrial revolution is not only changing the structure of the economy but significantly altering many occupations and creating new ones which will not only demand different skills in the future but a strategic mindset.

Big data, cloud computing, social business and mobile computing are transforming the business landscape and disrupting industries worldwide. Enterprises of all types and sizes are seeking to exploit the potential of this unprecedented torrent of data to create new business models and transform existing ones, increase productivity, drive growth and find new modes of competition. This data-driven economy requires new types of evidence-based managers and analysts equipped with the latest techniques to capture, analyse and make decisions based on data.

In response to industry requirements and skills mismatches, the DCU Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics has been designed to respond to the needs of the economy and industry by providing a unique, one year, full-time online programme delivered via e-learning, mentoring, reflection in action, and hands-on, client based practical education.

At the end of the year, you will have enhanced your employability by gaining:

1. Practical skills and experience in implementing business analytics projects to support a range of business processes and contexts and draws on the knowledge of DCU faculty, industry partners and live real-world projects.

2. The ability to articulate how Big Data and advances in analytical techniques including machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence can generate and capture business value and support effective business strategies.

3. A strategic mind-set and the ability to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to manage and support business analytics projects and initiatives.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics is a Level 9 conversion course available to those who already have a Level 8 honours degree in business, maths, computer science and related fields. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to pursue a career in business analytics and specifically the following roles:

● Business Analyst
● Business Intelligence Analyst
● Management Consultant
● Business/Data Analytics Project Manager

The DCU Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics is accredited by the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors (IMCA) and has been designed to meet their criteria. Students of the Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics are entitled to free Graduate membership of the Institute for the duration of their course of study and for 12 months following completion. After this period they are entitled to transfer to Associate membership for a further year at a preferential rate.

As part of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Human Capital Initiative (HCI), places on this programme are heavily subsidised. Subject to meeting the eligibility requirements, it is free to those who are unemployed, actively seeking work and available to take up work; a 10% course fee contribution is payable for those currently employed.

Objectives

Objectives:
● Develop a deep understanding of data, KPIs, metrics and business intelligence.
● Gain thorough competences in the planning and management of analytics programming, tools and techniques for structured and unstructured data, as well as strategic thinking tools and techniques.
● Develop rapid response skills to changing and dynamic business contexts and analytical technologies.
● Deepen transversal skills such as project management, effective communication, and evidence-based management.
● Learn to apply these skills to a range of complex contexts and problems at different organizational levels.

Entry Requirements:
Entry is available to graduates with an NFQ Level 8 qualification (or equivalent classification) in business, mathematics, computer science or related fields. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree, but who have significant relevant industrial experience will also be considered within the DCU Recognition of Prior Learning policy. Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of competency in the English language as per DCU entry requirements (IELTS/TOEFL certificate).

Career Opportunities:
Graduates will benefit from enhanced employability in the management consulting sector in Ireland or in roles as business analysts in a wide range of industries driven by digital transformation, all of whom are major sources of employment. Future roles include those of Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst, Management Consultant and Business/Data Analytics Project Manager.

These industries require multi-skill set workers with diverse analytical, technical, social and strategic mindsets and skills, as well as hands-on experience. Graduates of this diploma will be well positioned to meet the needs of industry.

Entry Requirements

There are five entry routes to this Programme:
1. A level 8 or higher degree in a relevant discipline (Business, Engineering, Science or Information Technology)

2. Chartered membership of a professional body or institute (Institute of Engineers of Ireland, Institute of Chartered Accountants)

3. A level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline or non-chartered membership of a professional body, along with at least three years of relevant work experience.

4. A level 8 qualification in a non-relevant discipline along with at least three years of Managerial work experience.

5. Evidence of substantial relevant Managerial work experience.
Applicants will have to submit a C.V.in support of their application and may be requested for interview by the Programme Chair. DCU English Language requirements apply.

Long Description

This DCU Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics meets the needs of industry by providing a unique, one year, full-time online programme delivered via e-learning, mentoring, reflection in action, and hands-on, client based practical education. The course develops in graduates a strategic mindset enabling them to respond to rapidly changing analytical technologies while promoting transversal skills such as effective communication and data analysis.

Indicative Module Descriptors:

1. Analytics Tools & Programming
Combines hands-on experience enabled through a client project with applied individual exercises, industry (PRINCE2 Agile) certification, and a focus on reporting tools and techniques. Key learnings include managing analytics projects and project management, data preparation and visualisation and the use of tools such as SQL and R programming.

2. Statistical Models and Methods for Business Analytics
Through a mix of group work, client projects, and individual exercises in analytics and statistics studies based on data types and structures, basic statistical concepts and regression modelling.

3. Advanced Analytics Techniques
Comprising an individual learning portfolio and client project to offer applied work experience in data mining and analytics, as well as various analysis methods such as time series analysis, principal component and discriminant analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, text analysis, classification and network analysis.

4. Corporate Strategy & Leadership
Delivers a first introduction to business strategy through a group case study analysis, a written case study and learning outcome reflexions in the form of ‘Learning Diaries’. This covers topics ranging from strategic frameworks and positioning to corporate leadership, governance, internal scrutiny and environmental scanning, as well as business portfolio diversification, managerial infrastructure and human resources.

5. Business Unit Strategy & Planning
Introduces business analytics and planning through a client project and individual learning portfolio based on business-level strategy frameworks, value innovation, business model design, lean analytics, business planning and an introduction to finance.

6. Strategic Thinking Tools and Techniques
Delivers a client forecast and planning report in combination with an individual learning portfolio focused on an introduction to strategic thinking tools and techniques (i.e critical thinking, pattern recognition, reflection, cognitive maps/schemes etc.), as well as corporate forecast and foresight.

7. Career Transitions and Success
The Career Transitions and Success module is delivered online and allows students to build on their skills and knowledge in line with the development of their specialist area of study. Students are provided with practical guidance on scanning the labour market and identifying areas of potential employment, developing the tools to allow them to market themselves and their skills and receive input from a dedicated careers advisor to assist them in areas of development with regard to their employability.

Why Choose This Course:

The Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics is a Level 9 conversion course available to those who already have a Level 8 honours degree in business, maths, computer science and related fields. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to pursue a career in business analytics and specifically the following roles:

● Business Analyst
● Business Intelligence Analyst
● Management Consultant
● Business/Data Analytics Project Manager

Data science, business analytics and management consulting are three of fastest growing occupations worldwide. They are in-demand roles with an abundance of positions in nearly every field for suitably qualified professionals. The knowledge and skills that you will acquire combined with the opportunity to apply these on real-world industry projects will dramatically increase your employability.

The DCU Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics is accredited by the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors (IMCA) and has been designed to meet their criteria. Students of the Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics are entitled to free Graduate membership of the Institute for the duration of their course of study and for 12 months following completion. After this period they are entitled to transfer to Associate membership for a further year at a preferential rate.

As part of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Human Capital Initiative (HCI), places on this programme are heavily subsidised. Subject to meeting the eligibility requirements, it is free to those who are in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), unemployed, actively seeking work and available to take up work; a 10% course fee contribution, only €665, is payable by those currently employed.

The programme is predominantly delivered online and therefore can accommodate different schedules and learning styles.

Why Choose This Course

Big data, cloud computing, social business and mobile computing are transforming the business landscape and disrupting industries worldwide. The fourth industrial revolution is not only changing the structure of the economy but significantly altering many occupations and creating new ones which will not only demand different skills in the future but a strategic mindset.

Big data, cloud computing, social business and mobile computing are transforming the business landscape and disrupting industries worldwide. Enterprises of all types and sizes are seeking to exploit the potential of this unprecedented torrent of data to create new business models and transform existing ones, increase productivity, drive growth and find new modes of competition. This data-driven economy requires new types of evidence-based managers and analysts equipped with the latest techniques to capture, analyse and make decisions based on data.

In response to industry requirements and skills mismatches, the DCU Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics has been designed to respond to the needs of the economy and industry by providing a unique, one year, full-time online programme delivered via e-learning, mentoring, reflection in action, and hands-on, client based practical education.

At the end of the year, you will have enhanced your employability by gaining:

1. Practical skills and experience in implementing business analytics projects to support a range of business processes and contexts and draws on the knowledge of DCU faculty, industry partners and live real-world projects.

2. The ability to articulate how Big Data and advances in analytical techniques including machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence can generate and capture business value and support effective business strategies.

3. A strategic mind-set and the ability to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to manage and support business analytics projects and initiatives.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics is a Level 9 conversion course available to those who already have a Level 8 honours degree in business, maths, computer science and related fields. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to pursue a career in business analytics and specifically the following roles:

● Business Analyst
● Business Intelligence Analyst
● Management Consultant
● Business/Data Analytics Project Manager

As part of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Human Capital Initiative (HCI), places on this programme are heavily subsidised. Subject to meeting the eligibility requirements, it is free to those who are unemployed, actively seeking work and available to take up work; a 10% course fee contribution is payable for those currently employed.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will benefit from enhanced employability in the management consulting sector in Ireland or in roles as business analysts in a wide range of industries driven by digital transformation, all of whom are major sources of employment. Future roles include those of Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst, Management Consultant and Business/Data Analytics Project Manager.

These industries require multi-skill set workers with diverse analytical, technical, social and strategic mindsets and skills, as well as hands-on experience. Graduates of this diploma will be well positioned to meet the needs of industry

Timetable Info

Timetable Info:
This online course will commence in January 2021. Further timetable information will be made available in advance of the commencement date.

Delivery Location

Online

Delivery Notes

This course is delivered fully online - students therefore require a computer or laptop with a functioning webcam and microphone, a smartphone and a stable internet connection.

Modules will comprise self-learning (which can be scheduled according to the students’ individual schedules) and additional live discussion sessions, tutorials and other activities with the cohort. Typically, these sessions will take place in the evenings, a number of times per week (exact schedule to be confirmed

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Deirdre O'Reilly

Address

Dublin City University Business School, Glasnevin, Dublin

Phone

+353 (1) 700 7719

Email

executive.education@dcu.ie

Application Procedures

Applicants must provide the following supporting documentation through the Springboard Application Website: www.springboardcourses.ie.

All application should include:

● A scanned copy of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications. A photocopy of the degree certificate is not sufficient.
● Telephone contact details of referees.
● A personal statement detailing your prior knowledge, if any, as well as any industrial experience you may have. (300 – 500 words)
● A current telephone contact number and full current address details.
● Evidence of eligibility for funding and proof that you meet the Springboard HCI Pillar 1 eligibility criteria.
● A copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers.
● Evidence of Stamp 4 Visa OR an Irish passport.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Documents must be combined into one ZIP file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.