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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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Course Lessons

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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Course Title: Business Analysis
Course Number: 7550320
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize 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.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 1 - A Career in Business AnalysisExam8
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 2 - Enterprise Analysis: Part OneExam8
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 3 - Enterprise Analysis: Part TwoExam8
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 4 - Enterprise Analysis: Part ThreeExam7
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 5 : Requirements Planning and Management: Part OneExam9
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 6 - Requirements Planning and Management: Part TwoExam10
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 7 - Requirements Planning and Management: Part ThreeExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 8 - Requirements Elicitation: Part OneExam8
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 9 - Requirements Elicitation: Part TwoExam8
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 10 - Requirements Analysis & Documentation: Part OneExam7
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 11 - Requirements Analysis & Documentation: Part TwoExam10
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 12 - Requirements CommunicationExam7
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 13 - Solution Assessment and ValidationacExam9
The Final ExamExam50
Total Points:489

Student Testimonials

  • "The lesson material was invaluable. Questions are extended outside of the course. It was how well we interpreted the lessons. Great experience." -- Raja K.
  • "I liked the fact that is was broken down into multiple sections. I didn't realize how involved it is being a Business Analysis." -- Christy C.
  • "Great Class!" -- Jose R.
  • "The material was very thorough." -- Leah F.
  • "Nothing was a surprise on the quizzes, everything was well explained." -- Andrea C.

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