Business - Business Intelligence - Microcredential


These short, online courses give you an in-depth understanding of a key area of business in a very focused way. These accredited, postgraduate programmes are all delivered online by experienced faculty. Programmes are assessed using innovative continuous assessment elements and final exams. As these courses are drawn from our MBA and business masters’ programmes, should you later decide to progress to a full master’s award, you will get credit for this module. If you need to get quickly up to speed in these emerging areas of business, these programmes are for you.

All organisations have access to a wide variety and depth of data. This short programme will guide students to shape and use this data to make more informed management decisions. Students will learn to understand data and data governance, gaining the capacity to use quantitative methods and analytics to make more data-informed decisions. The course is ideal for managers interested in the basics of data analytics, how to work with data analytics specialists and how to frame business problems in such a way to arrive at informed decisions efficiently.

Subjects taught

Topics covered:

• Big data – What it is, the challenges and opportunities

• Framing the business problem

• Data governance

• Data analytics

• Making decisions with data

• Ethical and organisational issues

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in either a cognate or non-cognate area at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning non-graduates with extensive professional experience and other prior qualifications may also be considered for the course.

Laptop Requirement

All students applying to NCI must have access to a laptop that will allow them to attend classes online and, where relevant, to participate in on-campus learning. Some students may be able to avail of the Student Laptop Loan Scheme, subject to eligibility.

Application dates

Application: Apply online at


30 hours contact time: 6 hours per week over 5 weeks.

Blended delivery: online delivery with one in-person half day introductory session.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024.

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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