Ms. Lim Kim Ying
Assistance Director & Head-Course Development, Academic Division, SIM Global Education
Programme: Master of Science in Data Science by University of London
Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics by SIM Global Education
Institution: SIM Global Education

Tell us more about the new programmes – Data Science and Business Analytics.
The MSc Data Science suite of programmes are developed by Goldsmiths, UK, and awarded by University of London (UOL), UK. There are specialisms in Artificial Intelligence and Financial Technology. Managing and analysing big data has become an essential part of modern businesses and these programmes aim to provide participants with the technical and practical skills to analyse the data that is key to success in future business. The benefits of the programmes are flexible to address the skills shortage of data scientists who can use data to drive improvements to organisational performance.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics programme is developed and awarded by the Singapore Institute of Management. Upon completion of the programme, participants will be equipped with skills that allow them to analyse, predict and communicate data to stakeholders using the appropriate tools. They will also be able to apply data analytics techniques to mine data and administer business intelligence to support business objectives.

Who should take the programme?
Anyone aspiring to start their career in the data world, mid-career switchers or those who are already working in the field and want to deepen their knowledge and equip themselves with better skills to take on vast challenges presented in their job. The programmes are designed for a wide range of applicants with different backgrounds. For example, those with a diploma and some working experience can apply for the Graduate Diploma programme. Those with a bachelor’s degree may wish to consider the Master’s degree programmes.

Talk about an interesting module from each programme.
Blockchain Programming, one of the modules taught in MSc Data Science suite of programmes, gives participants a practical and theoretical knowledge of how this technology works, security issues revolving around it and blockchain analysis. Participants will also get to design and implement their own blockchain.

Business Analytics Concepts, Principles and Applications, a module in the Business Analytics programme covers the value of business analytics, the resources required to support it and the application. It illustrates three key types of analytics (descriptive, prescriptive and predictive), identifies common challenges that can be addressed, and offers guidance for undertaking business analytics projects.

How can the programmes help participants in their career?
Data and information drive decisionmaking in all organisations from the earliest of time. As the world progresses, magnitude of data increases and will need to be synthesised and extrapolated to be meaningful for decision making. The programmes are highly relevant in this aspect in providing participants with skills to process data and big data or adding intelligence into it such as AI treatment to help decision-making. As processed data drives decisions – from small regional offices to the boardroom – graduates will be directly involved in important strategic decision-making processes