Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,075 *
International Fees £1,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

The concept of system design and integration focuses on significant collaboration of software sub-systems, with an aim of synchronizing varied functions involved in businesses. One of the major market drivers for the European systems design and integration market is rise in number of investments made by enterprises operating in the field of systems design and integration market. Several enterprises are utilising system design and integration solutions in order to integrate their internal processes with external commercial entities, for expanding business operations across various geographical markets. The European System design and integration market is expected to grow from $48.1 billion in 2014 to $79.6 billion by 2018, at a CAGR of 10.6% during the forecast period. Prominent companies operating in the system integration and design market includes Harris Corporation, Honeywell International, IBM, BAE System, and Accenture among others.

This course is aimed mainly at applicants who wish to develop their knowledge and expertise matching information architectures and software systems to the needs of improving and/or advancing today’s businesses. Today, this increasingly means that businesses, are working together as an enterprise. In an enterprise information is meaningless if it cannot be retrieved and used to help support and improve business processes, services and decision making. In this course we study the concepts and technologies that help companies link their business processes and services together to deliver what stakeholders want and also let them manage their resources more efficiently so that they can be sustainable and achieve further growth and better delivery of customer services.

This course is aimed at applicants who want to move into this rapidly expanding and exciting area; it has a strong vocational flavour as it has been designed to build your knowledge and understanding of Business systems architectures and to equip you with the range of highly marketable, hands-on skills employed by the core technologies utilised in today’s business systems.

Teaching approaches include lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical/hands-on sessions. You will also learn through extensive course work, class presentations, group work, and the use of a range of industry standard software such as R, Python, Hadoop, MySQL and Oracle. Assessment usually involves a combination of exams and coursework, leading to a product such as a presentation, group investigation, technical solution, a piece of software or a research review.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

The module discusses the advances that Big Data era has brought to the way data is used by organisations, it also considers issues related to data quality and effective data governance. You will learn about the impact the volume, velocity and variety of today’s enterprise data had to the way data is stored managed and used, the technologies utilised in Big Data projects, the use of SQL and noSQL databases, Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, etc.

The project module plays a unifying role, it aims to encourage and reward individual inventiveness and application of effort. It is an exercise that may take a variety of forms and which provides you with the experience of planning and bringing to fruition a major piece of individual work. The scope of the project is not only to complete a well-defined piece of work in a professional manner, but also to place the work into the context of the current state of the art in big data technologies/ business intelligence and/or analytics/business systems design and integration.

Modelling business can help find areas of a business where change or consolidation is needed. This course will help you to identify, evaluate and improve/modify business processes/systems and in turn deliver a competitive edge and beneficial change to your organisation. In an increasingly competitive business environment, organisations need to make disparate software systems work together in a dynamic way in order to support new and innovative enterprise-level business functions/ processes.

Businesses are constantly looking for ways to evolve. This module will teach the skills needed to analyse the requirements of your business and work with key stakeholders to prioritise, organise and implement the products or systems needed to manage business systems and their transitions effectively. You'll gain the technical, organisational and professional skills needed to develop business systems and manage information systems projects in practice.

This module aims to develop and strengthen your core skills around professionalism and research. It covers research-related issues such critical evaluation, gathering and analysing information, preparation and planning of projects. It also covers methods/approaches applicable to complex IT projects and which are in line with industry regulations, standards and practices, including those related to professional, legal, social and ethical issues. The module will equip you with valuable skills for your university studies and your future career development.

Option modules

The module covers the whole data lifecycle from creating to processing data and from publishing to preserving data. You will learn how to use advanced big data analytics approaches and about the latest research advances and technology trends in relation to the use of big data analytics. Cutting edge big data analytics case studies will be utilised to build up your capabilities and skills to analyse existing solutions, and to select and design the most suitable solution for enterprises. Big Data Analytics technologies, such as Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, etc. are used.

This module covers data warehouse design, multi-dimensional modelling, the integration of multi-source data and analysis, cloud-based data warehousing, noSQL OLAP, aiming to support better business decision making. You will learn how to build data warehouses by understanding their structures and the concept of multi-dimensional modelling. You will also learn about the recent technological developments in integrating and analysing large amounts of business data. The aim is to equip students with the skills and industrial knowledge for a career as a data warehouse developer, OLAP programmers, ETL programmers and application developers, specialists in data aggregation.

The module will build your theoretical understanding of issues related to the provision of IT resources and services based on the cloud computing paradigm, and how this new IT provisioning model can be utilised in enterprise and business computing. The aim is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to analyse different cloud computing solutions, and to design and select the most suitable such solution for a business. You will also develop hands-on experience utilising cutting edge cloud computing solutions for solving business related problems.

This module covers the theoretical and practical aspects of data visualisation including graphical perception, dynamic dashboard visualisations, and static data ‘infographics’. Tools such as R and Tableau are used. The aim is to prepare students for becoming a data visualisation specialist.

This module explores the use of modelling to analyse and measure both online presence and impact using web and social media data. You will learn how to listen to social media conversations taking place, how such data can be transformed into actionable insight for a brand or organisation. You will also study ways in which the effectiveness of modern websites is often judged and how online web metrics can be used to drive performance. The overriding aim of the module is to equip students with the necessary technical skills and industrial knowledge for a career in the area of web or social media marketing.

This module will develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of the W3C; you will also learn how to design, implement dynamic web pages/applications capable of interaction with databases, to critically evaluate sophisticated server-side applications and to develop a user interface for the Web application using appropriate software tools, e.g. cascading style sheets, HTML4/5, JavaScript and/or an application development suit. The aim is to equip you with skills required to analyse, evaluate and implement web-based business applications and to prepare you for a career in the area of database/web application development.

A hands-on module with highly technical content, it covers the underlying technologies and approaches used in capturing, maintaining and modelling persistent data; it addresses practical issues related to data modelling and database design; finally, it provides practical/hands on skills by introducing the features and constructs of SQL.

You may take instead another postgraduate module in the Department, at the course leader’s discretion.

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for fully meeting the further learning educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and for partially satisfying the underpinning knowledge requirements set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and the Science Council for Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng or IEng) status. Note that there are additional requirements, including work experience, to achieve full CITP, CEng, or IEng status. Graduates of this accredited degree will also be eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS).

The BCS accreditation is an indicator of the programme’s quality to students and employers; it is also an important benchmark of the programme’s standard in providing high quality computing education, and commitment to developing future IT professionals that have the potential to achieve Chartered status. The programme is also likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Entry Requirements

You are expected to have some basic exposure to technologies employed by modern business systems, with an interest in developing further skills and knowledge in relation to business systems modelling and integration, data science architectures, on a range of real-world data-driven problems. You will have a good Honours degree (at least a Lower Second) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in an IT or computing discipline, or in another discipline that it is closely related to it (e.g. sciences or engineering, business studies). If you are already in employment and your role involves the use or support of the data modelling techniques and technologies covered in the course.

If your first language is not English you will also need an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6.0 or above in each test component, or equivalent.

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You are expected to have some basic exposure to technologies employed by modern business systems, with an interest in developing further skills and knowledge in relation to business systems modelling and integration, data science architectures, on a range of real-world data-driven problems. You will have a good Honours degree (at least a Lower Second) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in an IT or computing discipline, or in another discipline that it is closely related to it (e.g. sciences or engineering, business studies). If you are already in employment and your role involves the use or support of the data modelling techniques and technologies covered in the course.

If your first language is not English you will also need an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6.0 or above in each test component, or equivalent.

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The course equips you with the technology knowledge and the highly sought hands-on/practical skills for a successful career as IT consultant or business analyst. Graduates of the programme are expected to find employment as consultants, developers and/or, analysts, architects of business systems, data compliance officers, data quality officers, data governance officers, data governance analysts, data/systems integration, specialists in knowledge/information extraction, data analysis, data aggregation and representation.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,075 (Price per 20-credit module)

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Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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International tuition fee: £1,500 (Price per 20-credit module)

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Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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