BMG880 : Data Analytics for International Business


Ulster University


Data Analytics for International Business

Module Code

BMG880 : Report of Business Intelligence (BI) support for inventory information management of AUDI

• Choose an organisation / company / business
• Give business name, their background & their business plan (what does it do/sell)
• Introduce a problem / opportunity that has arose within the business, in a specific
department (sales, finance, marketing, HR, etc…) → this is your reason for working for them
and creating a dashboard and doing critical analysis
Theoretical Framework
• Do research on the problem / opportunity you mentioned in the introduction → here you
need to research AT LEAST 4 papers related to the issue, cite them and reference them
correctly in Harvard format
Evidence (Dashboard)
• Create a dashboard in Excel / PowerBI (or Tableau if you want and have knowledge of it)
• The dashboard should be based on the dataset you select
• Perform statistical analysis on your data (DO NOT just use the dataset you find as it is,
critically think what metrics will give you more information about the data you have and can
help you understand and study the company and its performance !!)
• Make sure you critically select how you aggregate your data (pivot tables), what charts you
use for each data, what formatting you use.
• Make sure to place your dashboard elements in a way that will make them look neat,
organised and “professionally” made
Critical Analysis
• Here you’ll need to provide an analysis of your dashboard
• Tweak your dashboard elements appropriately in order to visualise your responses and add
screenshots of it
• Justify the statistical tools / methods you used and how they provided more information in
your dataset
• Critically evaluate the performance of the company and pinpoint “problematic” areas
Conclusion & Recommendations
• Conclusion (5%) & Recommendations (5%)
• Wrap up of your work, reflect again on the results of your critical analysis
• Recommend what the company should do based on the analysis – link your
recommendations to your dashboard

Sources for your Datasets:
• Statista
• Kaggle
• Fame
• Datahub.io (Business & Financial)
• Data.world



Students will select an organisation of their choice. (This could be the organisation
they work for.

Taking the role of an external Consultant, they will be required to conduct a
performance review of the organisation and will submit a 2500-word report that
will critically review and evaluate a chosen area of interest, department, or
The report will include the design and a deployment plan for a business
intelligence/data analytics system (using appropriate data analytics software).

Secondary data sources will be used to direct the analysis as well as frame the
problem/opportunity statement regarding the case company.

There is no expectation that students should collect primary data.

As part of the written assignment, students will be required to develop a
decision support dashboard for the organisation.

The dasboard will be designed and developed by using appropriate data analytics
software and should be submitted separately using Blackboard.

A 2500 word report justifying the use of business intelligence and data
analytics solution methods should also be submitted using Blackboard.

Students will be given written feedback so they will be able to feed into the
workplace and/or further study.

Formative feedback will be provided to students during the semester by the
module tutor during interactive workshop sessions. In addition, assignment
briefing session will be run which will provide further opportunities of formative
feedback to students.

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Summative feedback will be provided to students on completion of their
assignment to assess their performance.
The following marking criteria will be used to mark the report and the
decision support dashboard;
1. Introduction to the problematic situation/opportunity regarding your
selected organisation – 400 words (10%) .Kindly read the introduction in
the assignment file provided.with problematics situation follow the points
below, to complete the assignment.
2. Theoretical frameworks to link problem/opportunity of the case
organisation- 800 words (20%)
3. Evidence of knowledge and understanding of business
intelligence/data analytics systems. Marks will be awarded on the
quality of analysis, data visualisations, interactive use of data
analytics software and dashboard features (30%)- submitted
separately as a dashboard
4. Critical analysis and justification of dashboard solution to
address the problematic/opportunity situation in the selected
case company- 800 words (20%)
5. Conclusion and recommendations for the implementation of business
intelligence/analytics system in the case organisation for the focused
area of investigation- 400 words (10%)
6. Presentation including appropriate language, references used, clarity
of expression and style; appropriate structure and format; length and
the relevance of appendices if used (10%)
100% Coursework
0% Examination

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Eckerson, Wayne W. (2006), Performance dashboards: measuring,
monitoring, and managing your business, John Wiley & Sons, New
Sharda, R., Turban, E., Delan, D. (2014) Business intelligence and analytics;
systems for decision Support, Boston: Pearson.
Wisniewski, M. (2010). Quantitative methods for decision makers with
mathxl. Pearson Education.
Brynjolfsson, E., Hitt, L.M. and Kim, H.H. (2011). Strength in numbers: how does
data-driven decision making affect firm performance?. Available at SSRN
David Santiago Rivera & Graeme Shanks (2015) A dashboard to support

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This module provides students with the knowledge and practical skills for applying
business intelligence and data analytics principles to support management
decision making in a business context. The module also help develop students'
quantitative analysis and data visualisation skills to derive valuable insights from
the data in a business context. The module will help students to design, develop
and deploy a performance dashboard as part of their performance management
system case organisation.

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