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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis
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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

Gain a clear understanding of the essentials of business analysis and gain practical experience on how to apply core analysis techniques within a working environment. This is a comprehensive course that offers new and experienced business analysts with the right tools and techniques to perform business analysis roles. The course is perfect for individuals working as Business Analysts, Project Managers and Business Managers who want to get certified.

You will become competent at the end of the Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis and gain in-depth skills of understanding how to perform the role of a business analyst. Some of the key topics the course will cover include analyse and manage stakeholders, how to model business process, learn investigation techniques which includes interviews, observations and prototyping.

The course will equip learners with in-depth knowledge that will enable them to become successful Business Analysts. You will learn the fundamentals and how to apply them in any industry. The course will help learners maximise their chance of gaining employment in their desired job role.

This course is comprised of professionally narrated e-Learning modules, interactive quizzes, tests and exams. All delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days (12 months). An effective support service and study materials will build your confidence to secure your qualification.

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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

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Course Description:

This online training course is comprehensive and designed to cover the topics listed under the curriculum.

Method of Assessment:

Certification is achieved by the successful completion of a computer based examination.

Course Curriculum : Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

[Module 01] What is Business Analysis

  • Definition of a Business Analyst
  • Origins of Business Analysis
  • Development of Business Analysis
  • The scope of Business Analysis work
  • Taking a holistic approach
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a BA

[Module 02] The Competencies of a Business Analyst

  • The Competencies of a BA

[Module 03] Strategy Analysis

  • Context of Strategy
  • Definition of Strategy
  • Levels of Strategy
  • Strategy Development
  • External Environment Analysis
  • Internal Environment Analysis
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Executing Strategy
  • McKinsey’s 7 S Model
  • Balanced Business Scorecard
  • CSF’s and KPI’s

[Module 04] The Business Analysis Process Model

  • An Approach to Problem Solving – Isaksen & Treffinger
  • Stages of the Business Analysis Process Model

[Module 05] Investigation Techniques

  • Interviews
  • Observations
  • Workshops
  • Scenarios
  • Prototyping
  • Quantitative Approaches
  • Documenting the Current Situation

[Module 06] Stakeholder Analysis and Management

  • Definition of a Stakeholder
  • Stakeholder Categories
  • Analysing Stakeholders
  • Power Interest Grid
  • Stakeholder Management Plan and Assessment
  • Understanding stakeholder perspectives
  • Analysing the Perspectives – CATWOE
  • CATWOE Examples
  • Business Activity Model
  • Developing a Consensus Model

[Module 07] Modelling Business Processes

  • Organization Context
  • The organisational view of business processes
  • Porter’s Value Chain
  • Value Propositions
  • Process Models
  • Business Events
  • Developing Process Models
  • Analysing the As – Is Process Model
  • Improving Business Processes (to – be processes)
  • Business Rules

[Module 08] Defining the Solution

  • Gap Analysis
  • Business Architecture

[Module 09] Making a Business and Financial Case

  • Business case in a project lifecycle
  • Identifying Options
  • Assessing Project feasibility
  • Force Field Analysis
  • Structure of a Business Case
  • Impact Assessment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Investment Appraisal (Payback
  • RAID and CARDI log

[Module 10] Establishing the Requirements

  • Framework for requirements engineering
  • Actors in Requirements Engineering
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Techniques and knowledge types
  • Requirements Analysis
  • SMART Requirements
  • Requirements Validation

[Module 11] Documenting and Managing Requirements

  • Requirements Document – Structure
  • Requirements Catalogue
  • Managing Requirements
  • Requirements Traceability

[Module 12] Modelling Requirements

  • Modelling System functions – Use Case Diagrams
  • Modelling System Data – Entity Relationship Diagrams
  • Class Diagram
  • Class Diagram Associations

[Module 13] Delivering the Requirements

  • Delivering the Solution
  • Context
  • Lifecycles

[Module 14] Delivering the Business Solution

  • BA Role in the Business Change Lifecycle
  • Implementation Stage
  • Realisation Stage – Benefits Plan

Exam Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Computer based exam
  • Multiple choice
  • Closed book
  • Pass mark: 65%

Certification:

Successful learners will be awarded a Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

Awarding Body:

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is committed to making IT good for society. We use the power of our network to bring about positive, tangible change. We champion the global IT profession and the interests of individuals, engaged in that profession, for the benefit of all.

Whether it's using a computer for the first time or taking the lead in an organisation's agile transformation. With flexible learning and rigorous assessment, our qualifications show employers and customers that you’ve achieved the globally-recognised benchmark in relevant skills and competence.

Who is this course for?

  • School Leavers
  • Job Seekers
  • Business Change Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Financial Consultant

Requirements

Learners should be age 16 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.

Career path

  • Business Analyst – £30,461 per annum
  • Business Insight and Analytics Manager – £43,335 per annum
  • Change Analyst – £27,768 per annum
  • Business Consultant – £38,159 per annum
  • Financial Consultant – £36,313 per annum

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