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  • 13
    Lessons
  • 25
    Exams &
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  • 12
    Hours
    average time
  • 1.2
    CEUs
  • 1,669
    Students
    have taken this course
 
 
 
 
 

Course Description

How can you make a significant difference in your organization? One way is to be part of a project that improves the company's performance or launches it in a new direction. The business analyst (BA) plays a key role in the development and execution of company projects. Maybe it's a new product launch or a change to a more efficient software package. The BA is responsible for gathering input, analyzing the needs of the project, documenting the criteria to be met, sharing information among project team members and presenting findings to company executives.

This course will provide a solid foundation for a career in business analysis. We explore the strategy, phases, components and process a BA uses to develop a project. From conducting an enterprise analysis to assessing the solution's implementation, you will learn the basics of how to manage the process and determine the appropriate parties to be involved.
 
We look at project requirements (the needs that must be fulfilled to complete the initiative), how to develop a communications plan, distributing work responsibilities, creating a business model and more. The course finishes with a discussion about tasks that the BA encounters when the solution is put into place. When you are finished, you'll have a broad understanding that can launch your career in business analysis.
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Lesson 1 - A Career in Business Analysis

This lesson will give a brief overview of a career in the field of business analysis. We discuss the role that the business analyst plays within an enterprise, and the process that an analyst will go through to complete a project. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Business Analyst Times; International Institute of Business Analysis
  • Take Poll: Business Analysis Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 1 - A Career in Business Analysis

Lesson 2 - Enterprise Analysis: Part One

This lesson covers the initial project phase of an initiative, enterprise analysis. We discuss the purpose of enterprise analysis and the process that is involved. Also discussed are project size characteristics and strategic planning themes. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Enterprise Analysis; Enterprise Analysis Planning
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 2 - Enterprise Analysis: Part One

Lesson 3 - Enterprise Analysis: Part Two

This lesson covers more phases of the enterprise analysis activities that begin a project. We discuss creating business architecture, including the process that is used. Next we cover project viability, which requires a feasibility study. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Business Architecture
  • Take Poll: Business Architecture Views
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 3 - Enterprise Analysis: Part Two

Lesson 4 - Enterprise Analysis: Part Three

This lesson continues to explore enterprise analysis. We discuss defining the project's scope, performing risk assessment, preparing a business case, and cover the creation of a decision package. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 4 - Enterprise Analysis: Part Three

Lesson 5 - Requirements Planning and Management: Part One

This lesson covers the tasks involved with planning for the requirements of the project. We discuss identifying stakeholders, defining role responsibilities, determining work division, managing information flow, and knowledge transfer. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Requirements Planning; Requirments Plan Example
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 5 : Requirements Planning and Management: Part One

Lesson 6 - Requirements Planning and Management: Part Two

This lesson covers steps and methodologies in requirements planning, along with the selection of requirements activities. We also discuss requirements risk management. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 6 - Requirements Planning and Management: Part Two

Lesson 7 - Requirements Planning and Management: Part Three

This lesson continues the discussion on requirements planning and management. We explore the planning processes of estimating project needs and requirements scope. Also covered are management functions, including measurement and reporting function,and man 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Scope and Requirements Checklist; Stakeholders, Goals, Scope
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 7 - Requirements Planning and Management: Part Three

Lesson 8 - Requirements Elicitation: Part One

This lesson covers the phase of gathering requirements from stakeholders. We explore some of the methods used in the requirements elicitation process, including brainstorming, document analysis, focus groups, and interface analysis. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Issues in Requirement Elicitation
  • Take Poll: Elicitation Process
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 8 - Requirements Elicitation: Part One

Lesson 9 - Requirements Elicitation: Part Two

This lesson continues to explore requirements elicitation methodologies. We examine interviewing, observation, prototyping, requirements workshops, reverse engineering, and surveying. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Interviewing and Elicitation; Stakeholder
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 9 - Requirements Elicitation: Part Two

Lesson 10 - Requirements Analysis & Documentation: Part One

This lesson covers the steps that the business analyst will take to analyze the elicited requirements. We examine the characteristics of project requirements and describe the tasks that are involved. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Development Phases Examined; Requirements Analysis
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 10 - Requirements Analysis & Documentation: Part One

Lesson 11 - Requirements Analysis and Documentation:Part Two

This lesson covers the requirements documentation process. We include creating a business model, along with validation and verification strategies. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 11 - Requirements Analysis & Documentation: Part Two

Lesson 12 - Requirements Communication

This lesson covers the BA's responsibilities in communicating the project requirements to stakeholders and others. We discuss the design of a communication strategy, the development of a communications plan, choosing the appropriate communications format 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Business Communications
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 12 - Requirements Communication

Lesson 13 - Solution Assessment and Validation

This lesson covers the final project phases that address the solution implementation. We discuss the BA's role in developing alternate solutions to fit requirements, evaluating technology options, selecting the best solution, and post implementation revie 59 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Business Analysis; Modern Analyst
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 13 - Solution Assessment and Validationac
  • Complete: The Final Exam
244
Total Course Points
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the job and career highlights of being a business analyst.
  • Describe the purpose of enterprise analysis and the processes and activities involved.
  • Identify stakeholders, define role responsibilities, describe work division, manage information flow, and transfer knowledge.
  • Describe the methods used for gathering requirements from stakeholders.
  • Describe the elicitation methodologies.
  • Describe the responsibilities in communicating project requirements.
  • Describe the solution assessments and validation processes involved in delivering a final project, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Course Title: Business Analysis
Course Number: 7550320
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Metodija Stojanovski
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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  • "The lesson material was invaluable. Questions are extended outside of the course. It was how well we interpreted the lessons. Great experience." -- Raja K.
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