Course Introduction

The job of a Business Analyst is to extend their traditional role of developing and maintaining IT systems. A Business Analyst must familiarize with the business strategy, use proven techniques to analyze the business area, and identify changes to business processes needed to meet internal and external challenges. The objective of this course is to develop the skills that are required from professionals to work with their senior management in order to analyze and model business activities. Delegates learn how to recommend business problems and recommend solutions for the same.

This certificate course is concerned with some of the strategic aspects of business analysis. Its focus is on using a complete approach to the investigation and improvement of business situations while developing effective, feasible business solutions. There are two key elements to the syllabus:

  • The development of a business strategy
  • The exploration of a business issue, whether a problem or opportunity

First, the delegates are required to understand a range of strategic analysis and performance management techniques. Second, they are required to be able to apply strategic business change techniques within a defined framework.

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Prerequisites

Though there are no prerequisites for this course, however, candidates are required to bring photograph identification along with them as it is required by BCS to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. In case the delegate fails to do so he/she may be barred from sitting the exam. For an acceptable form of identification please contact your Account Manager.

BCS allows additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. The details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which a delegate can find on the BCS website. If a delegate qualifies for this then it should be notified the Exam Administration team on the details below as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to do so, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy.

What Will You Learn

The course schedule is divided into the following:

  • Developing A Business Strategy
  • Using Strategic Analysis Techniques
  • Why Project Discipline?
  • Investigating An Organization’s Business System Using Various Techniques
  • Improving Business Systems
  • Stakeholder Management - Importance
  • Using a Stakeholder Analysis Technique
  • Techniques to Analyse and Model Business Systems
  • How to Identify recommendations for business improvement?
  • Describe the contents of a rigorous business case for the development and implementation of business changes
  • Identify costs, benefits, impacts and risks for an option in a business case

Who should take this course

This course is for those professionals or delegates who wish to achieve the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice which is one of the core modules required for the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis. Business Analysts who are working in a strategic role can benefit from this course. The course focuses on 'strategic analysis' techniques rather than project based business analysis.

Overview

This course introduces the delegates to the essential business analysis skills that are required in the job profile. The course comes with practical sessions that make use of real-life case studies to examine the following key areas:

  • SWOT analysis (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Takeovers)
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Business Activity Modeling
  • Investigation of the business situation
  • Analysis of key issues and their root causes
  • Gap Analysis
  • Identification and evaluation of possible solutions

This course equips delegates with real-world business skills that are easily applicable in the workplace. Designed to introduce, develop and deepen the understanding of the delegates in business analysis.

Exams

The duration of the exam is 1 hour. It is an Open Book Exam that requires the delegate to score at least 50% marks in order to qualify for the certification. The exam is based on a Business Scenario.

 

Course Content

1. Business analysis rationale

  • The scope of business analysis
  • Definition of business analysis
  • The development of business analysis
  • The business change life-cycle
  • Roles in business analysis

2. Strategic Analysis In Context

  • External analysis –PESTLE, Five Forces Analysis
  • Internal analysis –Resource Audit , MOST
  • Building a SWOT analysis
  • Critical success factors and key performance indicators
  • Measuring performance –the Balanced Business Scorecard

3. Business Analysis – A Project Approach

  • Starting Up A business analysis study
  • Defining terms of reference

4. Understanding business situations

  • Review of investigation techniques
  • Documenting the business situation:
    • Rich pictures
    • Mind maps
    • Fish-bone diagrams

5. Business perspectives

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Analysing stakeholders– Power/Interest Grid, RACI
  • Stakeholder management strategies
  • Defining business perspectives – CATWOE

6. Analysing and modeling the business activities

  • Types of business activity
  • Building a conceptual business activity model
  • Consolidating perspectives and building consensus

7. Identifying potential solutions

  • Business events
  • Business rules
  • Business process models
  • Exploring the gap between the current and desired situation
  • Identifying areas for business improvement – POP-IT
  • Taking a holistic approach to business improvement

8. Making the business case

  • Analysing feasibility
  • Contents of a business case
  • Options
  • Costs and benefits
  • Impacts and risks
  • Life-cycle for the business case

 

BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice Schedules

Course Name Duration Dates Price
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Birmingham
26-06-2017
£1745
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Canterbury
26-06-2017
£2995
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Chelmsford
26-06-2017
£4049
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Chorley
26-06-2017
£2995
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Guildford
26-06-2017
£2995
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Ipswich
26-06-2017
£2995
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Leicester
26-06-2017
£2995
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Maidstone
26-06-2017
£2995
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Norwich
26-06-2017
£2695
BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice 3 Days Oxford
26-06-2017
£2995

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