This accredited course will fully prepare you for the Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis from the British Computer Society (BCS).
[Note that this course was previously known as the ISEB Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.]
The exam is not included but can be taken at a Pearson Vue test centre or online.
You can undertake the courses and prepare thoroughly for the BCS accredited exam, all at your own pace and from any location.
- Fully interactive course structure enables you to learn at your own pace
- Comprehensive and detailed course content
- Written by experienced BCS examiners
- Questions on all sections of the course allow you to regularly reinforce your learning
- Recorded tests at the end of each module let you compare your results in your online gradebook
- Access to further online reading on each module of the course to strengthen knowledge
- Advice, hints and tips on learning and how best to prepare for the exam
- Assistance from experienced tutors if required
Who is it for?
Those seeking an introduction to Business Analysis. This Foundation represents one of four modules for the BCS Business Analysis Diploma so is ideal for those looking to progress to the more specialist BCS/ISEB courses.
None - though awareness of the projects and IT would be helpful.
How long does the course take to complete?
The course lasts approximately 8 hours.
You will have unlimited access to the course for 30 days.
How do I complete the exam?
The exam is booked separately with a Pearson Vue test centre (exam fee at time of writing - £145)
The exam is also now available online from ProctorU.
What format is the exam?
The examination lasts one hour and consists of 40 multiple-choice questions. It's a 'closed book' examination i.e. no notes or books are allowed into the examination room. The pass mark is 26/40.
What does the online course cover?
1.What is Business Analysis?
The rationale for business analysis
The development of business analysis
The scope of business analysis
The role and responsibilities of a business analyst
2.The Competencies of a Business Analyst
The Business Analysis Maturity Model
The responsibilities of a business analyst
The competencies of a business analyst
The Skills Framework for the Information Age
The strategic context
Developing business strategies
Strategic analysis techniques
4.The Business Analysis Process Model
The lifecycle for business analysis
Creative problem-solving approach
Stages of the lifecycle
Deliverables and activities for each stage
Interviewing and workshops
Scenarios and prototyping
Quantitative investigation techniques
Documenting business situations
6.Stakeholder analysis and management
7.Modelling business systems
Soft systems methodology
Documenting business situations
Business activity models
Business events and business rules
8.Modelling business processes
The organisational view of business processes
Business process modelling techniques
Business process improvement
9.Gathering the Requirements
The requirements engineering process
Actors in requirements engineering
10.Documenting and managing requirements
The importance of documentation
The requirements document
The requirements catalogue
Modelling system functions
Modelling system data
12.Delivering the requirements
The context for the delivery approach
The waterfall lifecycle
The ‘V’ model lifecycle
Iterative or evolutionary systems development lifecycle
13.Making a business and financial case
The business case in the project lifecycle
Structure of a business case
Investment appraisal techniques
Presenting the business case
Realising the benefits
14.Implementing business change
Introducing a new business system
The environment for change
Emotions and the change process