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MN50744: Databases and business intelligence

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 10 [equivalent to 20 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 200
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 75%, EX 25%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 1 (CW 50%)
  • Coursework 2 (CW 25%)
  • Examination (EX 25%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: At the end of this unit, students will be able to:
* Design a database that will best fit the needs of a business in terms of both flexibility and efficiency
* Use optimised queries to process data and derive managerial insights
* Visualise processed data in multiple dimensions to maximise its business value.

Aims: This unit introduces databases for the storage and retrieval of data as well as tabular and graphical methods of data presentation for deriving managerial insights.

* Intellectual skills: Identify the underlying data model of a business process; develop algorithmic thinking for rule extraction and exception detection; enhance perspective of knowledge discovery
* Practical skills: Present multi-dimensional data in tabular and graphical formats; apply business Intelligence software; simplify and convert data for analysis; apply state-of-the-art data mining software
* Transferable skills: Enhance perspective of data storage and retrieval; eliminate data duplication to achieve information consistency; improve assessment of the value of knowledge.

Content: Topics covered include basic data types, relational databases, query design, object oriented databases, web databases, data warehousing, and slice-and-dice methods for data visualization.

Programme availability:

MN50744 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • THES-AFM30 : MSc Economics for Business Intelligence and Systems


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