BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Overview

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course Outline

This course covers the following key areas, which on completion, delegates will be able to demonstrate exceptional knowledge and understanding:

Module 1: Introduction to Business Analysis

  • What is Business Analysis?
  • Development of Business Analysis
  • Scope of Business Analysis Work
  • Principles of Business Analysis
  • Role and Responsibilities of a Business Analyst
  • Variants of the Business Analyst Role

Module 2: Competencies of a Business Analyst

  • T-Shaped Professional
  • Ways of Developing the Competencies

Module 3: Strategic Context for Business Analysis

  • What is Strategy?
  • Business Analysis and Strategic Context
  • Adaptive Strategy Development
  • Linear Strategy Development
  • Hybrid Strategy Development
  • Understanding the Strategic Context
  • VMOST and the Core Building Blocks for the Strategic Context
  • Performance Measurement
  • Critical Success Factors (CSF)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Performance Measurement and VMOST
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Strategy Execution 
  • Business Model Canvas

Module 4: Introduction to Business Analysis Service Framework

  • Business Analysis Service Framework
  • Strategic Context for the BA Service
  • Recipients of Business Analysis Services

Module 5: Investigating the Business Situation

  • Investigating the Business Situation
  • Investigation Techniques
  • Recording a Business Situation
  • Applicability of Investigation Techniques

Module 6: Analysing and Managing Stakeholders

  • Stakeholder
  • Categories of Stakeholder
  • Analysing Stakeholders
  • Describing Stakeholder Responsibilities

Module 7:  Improving Business Services and Processes

  • Business Process Hierarchy
  • Reasons for Modelling Value Streams and Business Processes
  • Techniques Used at the Enterprise Level
  • Value Chain Analysis (Porter)
  • Aspects of the Event Response Level
  • UML Activity Models
  • Analysis Considerations at Actor-task Level
  • Analysing as-is Process Models
  • Generic Approaches to Improving Business Processes
  • Purpose of Customer Journey Maps

Module 8: Defining the Solution

  • Gap Analysis Process
  • POPIT™ and Gap Analysis
  • Formulating Options
  • Types of Options
  • Design Thinking
  • Divergent and Convergent Thinking

Module 9: Making the Business Case

  • Business Case in the Project Lifecycle
  • Identify the Areas of Feasibility Assessment
  • PESTLE for Feasibility Assessment
  • Structure of a Business Case
  • Analysis of Costs and Benefits
  • Impact Assessment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Business Case within an Agile Context
  • CARDI Log
  • Investment Appraisal
  • Investment and Appraisal Techniques
  • Payback
  • Payback and Risk – Time Value of Money
  • Discounted Cash Flow
  • Internal Rate of Return

Module 10: Establishing the Requirements

  • Importance of Requirements
  • Requirements Engineering Framework
  • Actors in Requirements Engineering
  • Types of Requirements
  • Other Types of Requirements
  • Hierarchy of Requirements
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Tacit Knowledge
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Elements of Requirements Analysis
  • Business Rules
  • Requirement Filters
  • MoSCoW

Module 11: Documenting and Modelling Requirements

  • Documenting and Managing Requirements
  • Importance of Documentation
  • Documentation Styles
  • Requirements Catalogue
  • User Stories
  • Documentation Styles – User Stories
  • Use Case Diagram
  • Context Diagram
  • Use Case Description
  • Modelling Data Requirements
  • Class Model
  • Product Backlog in an Agile Environment
  • Business Requirements Document

Module 12: Validating and Managing Requirements

  • Requirements Engineering Framework
  • Requirements Validation
    • Formal
    • Agile
  • Requirements Management
    • Traceability
    • Change Control

Module 13: Delivering the Requirements

  • Delivery Lifecycles  
    • Waterfall
    • ‘V’ Model
    • Incremental
    • Iterative lifecycle (Agile)
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of the Lifecycles

Module 14: Delivering the Business Solution

  • People at the Heart of Business Change Design and Development
  • POPIT Perspective
  • BA Role in Design and Development
  • Implementation - Business Readiness Assessment
  • Business Readiness Assessment (Mckinsey 7S Framework)
  • Business Readiness Assessment (CPPOLDAT)
  • Considering Migration and Transition
  • Human Response to Change
  • Responses to Change SARAH
  • Realisation Stage
  • Benefits Management Process
  • Benefits Plan
  • Benefits Dependency Network
  • Benefits Review
  • Scheduled Reviews
  • Unscheduled Reviews
  • Benefits Realisation Report

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Who should attend this BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course?

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course is suitable for a wide range of professionals and individuals who are interested in gaining foundational knowledge and skills in Business Analysis. This BCS Training is particularly relevant for the following professionals:

  • Aspiring Business Analysts
  • Entry-level Business Analysts
  • Business Consultants
  • Business Change Managers
  • Systems Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Quality Assurance Professionals
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Prerequisites of the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course

There are no formal prerequisites to attend this BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course. However, a basic understanding of business operations and projects can be beneficial for the delegates and might give them a headstart in the BCS Training.

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course Overview

The BCS Business Analysis Foundation Certificate is a recognised credential that validates essential knowledge and skills in the field of business analysis. The BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Course offers a comprehensive introduction to the essential principles of Business Analysis, making it highly relevant in today's professional landscape. Proficiency in Business Analysis is vital for professionals across various industries who aim to optimise business processes, facilitate change, and drive organisational improvement.

Through this 3-day BCS Business Analysis Foundation Training, delegates will gain valuable insights into various critical areas, including research methods, documenting process models, change management, and risk assessments. They will emerge with the competence to analyse stakeholders, develop business cases, and evaluate strategies, all of which are essential for driving organisational success. This course empowers professionals in Business Analysis to excel and contribute meaningfully to their organisations.

This BCS Business Analysis Foundation training not only imparts theoretical knowledge but also provides practical insights into the day-to-day responsibilities of a Business Analyst. Delegates will have the confidence to apply research methods effectively, create robust process models, engage in stakeholder analysis, and manage change processes. They will be adept at developing compelling business cases, conducting thorough risk assessments, and ensuring that project specifications are met.

Course Objectives

  • To introduce delegates to fundamental concepts in Business Analysis
  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of requirements engineering
  • To teach effective stakeholder analysis techniques
  • To equip delegates with the skills to model business processes
  • To enable the creation of feasibility studies for potential projects
  • To prepare delegates for advanced Business Analysis Certifications

Upon successful completion of the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course, participants will be well-prepared to excel in the role of a Business Analyst.

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What’s included in the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course?

  • BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Examination
  • World-class training sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Certificate 
  • Digital Delegate Pack 

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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Exam Information

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Exam assesses participants' understanding of foundational business analysis principles and practices. This certification focuses on evaluating an individual's knowledge of key concepts and techniques used in business analysis. The format of the exam is as follows: 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice 
  • Total Questions: 40 Questions 
  • Total Marks: 40 Marks 
  • Pass Mark: 65%, or 26/40 Marks 
  • Duration: 60 Minutes 
  • Open Book/Closed Book: Closed book 

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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis FAQs

BCS Business Analysis refers to the practice and certification in Business Analysis offered by the British Computer Society (BCS). This BCS Foundation Course encompasses techniques, tools, and methodologies used to identify business needs and find solutions to business problems. BCS offers various levels of certification in Business Analysis to validate the skills and knowledge of professionals in this field.
BCS Business Analysis Foundation exams typically consist of a closed-book format with 40 questions, and candidates are allotted 60 minutes to complete them.
In order to obtain the BCS Business Analysis Foundation, you need to complete this BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course and pass the examination.
Yes, this BCS Business Analysis Foundation Course is accredited by BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT).
The BCS Foundation Course acts as the gateway to other BCS courses. After passing the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis exam, you can choose to use this qualification to help you to enhance your career and achieve a job/a more advanced job in Business Analysis. However, as this certification is classed as a module, counting towards achieving the prestigious BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis, another option is to continue training and work towards achieving this advanced qualification.
There are no prerequisites for the BCS Business Analysis Foundation examination.
The BCS Foundation Certification spans a duration of 3 days.
Yes, there is an exam for the BCS Foundation Certification within this training course.
The BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis is designed for individuals seeking to establish their expertise in business analysis or those already engaged in the field who desire formal acknowledgment of their skills.
To prepare for the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis exam, candidates can enroll in accredited training courses, study relevant textbooks and resources, practice with sample exam questions, and participate in study groups or workshops.
Typically, the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis does not have an expiration date. However, candidates should engage in continuous professional development to stay abreast of evolving industry practices.
Acquiring the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis demonstrates proficiency in the field, enhances professional credibility and employability, opens doors to career advancement opportunities, and serves as a solid foundation for further specialisation in business analysis.
To register for the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis exam, candidates can do so through the official website of the British Computer Society (BCS) or authorised exam centers, ensuring they meet eligibility requirements and have completed any necessary training.
Yes, the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis is widely recognised and respected within the business analysis community, providing international validation of skills and knowledge to potential employers around the world.
The Knowledge Academy stands out as a prestigious training provider known for its extensive course offerings, expert instructors, adaptable learning formats, and industry recognition. It's a dependable option for those seeking Active Listening Certification Course.
The training fees for BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis certification in the United Kingdom starts from £1995
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.
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