The Knowledge Academy
The course prepares participants to sit the one-hour, open book, examination leading to the certificate in Business Analysis Essentials offered. This certificate is a core module for the BCS Business Analysis Diploma and is a specialist module in the BCS Systems Development Diploma.
The role of the Business Analyst, a lifecycle for business change, purpose of analysing and modelling business systems.
A comparison of the business analyst and systems analyst roles.
Overview of business analysis approach.
Strategic Analysis in Context.
Identifying the business domain.
Internal environment analysis.
External environment analysis.
Critical Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators.
The Balanced Business Scorecard.
Overview of areas of strategy including IS strategy
Project Discipline for Business Analysis Studies.
Terms of reference/project initiation business and project objectives.
Deliverables from business analysis studies.
Understanding the Situation and Issues
Overview of investigative techniques.
Representation of the business situation.
Identifying different perspectives.
Defining business perspectives
Identifying and resolving conflicts
Analysing and modelling business activities.
The conceptual business activity model.
The link between the business activity model and the business perspective.
Identifying activities and Identifying dependencies.
Building a business activity model.
Business events/activity triggers,
Identifying potential solutions.
Defining a new business model (the processes, people and organisation)
Identifying IS/IT requirements to support the new business model
Making the business case
Structure of a business case
Identifying options for business change
Identifying costs and benefits
Principles of risk analysis and management
Presenting a business case
Accepting the business case
Testing the system for user acceptance
Managing the implementation of change
Realising the business benefits
BCS Business Analysis Practice Exam
How to become a Business Analyst
Business analysis is the task of understanding business change needs – Assessing the business impact of those changes, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery with relevant stakeholders. The Business Analyst is someone who is a part of the business operation and works with IT to improve the quality if the services being delivered.
Businesses need to adapt continually if they are to be successful. The business analyst is the catalyst of these changes, working closely with the business to create innovative solutions to business problems.
The typical deliverables of a Business Analyst could very between; business and functional/non-functional requirements as well as as-is and to-be processes including a business case.
The Business Analyst records requirements a form of management tool, whether it be simple spreadsheet or a complex application.
Areas of business analysis:
Strategic planning - To identify the organisation's business needs
Business model analysis - To define the organisation's policies and market approaches
Process design - To standardise the organisation's workflows
Systems analysis - The interpretation of business rules and requirements for technical systems
You could find yourself in a variation of industries, some including; finance, banking, insurance, telecoms, utilities, software services etc.
To gain a Diploma, candidates must pass four one-hour written examinations on a number of business topics.
There is a combination of core and specialist modules and an oral examination.
There are two types of core modules in the Diploma, these can be gained in any order. You can choose from either “BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice” or “BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering”.
Candidates must also choose one “knowledge-based” module and one “practitioner” module to complete their certificates. You make your choice depending on your own background and preferences. As well as what your organisation requires and the nature of your role(s).
Finally you must sit an oral examination (this lasts for just under an hour). The candidate is required to demonstrate that they can put the competences gained in the written exams into coherent context.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Business Analyst?