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BCS Business Analysis Foundation Online (no exam)


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.]

What's Included

  • 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
  • Assistance from experienced tutors if required

More Information

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 basic awareness of Projects and IT would be helpful.

How long does the course take to complete?

The course lasts approximately 21 hours.

You will have unlimited access to the course for 40 days.

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 

3.Strategy analysis 
The strategic context 
Developing business strategies 
Strategic analysis techniques 
SWOT analysis 
Implementing strategy 

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 

5.Investigation techniques 
Interviewing and workshops 
Observation approaches 
Scenarios and prototyping 
Quantitative investigation techniques 
Documenting business situations 

6.Stakeholder analysis and management 
Categorising stakeholders 
Analysing stakeholders 
Stakeholder management 

7.Modelling business systems 
Soft systems methodology 
Documenting business situations 
Business perspectives 
Business activity models 
Business events and business rules 
Performance measures 
Gap analysis 

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 
Requirements elicitation 
Requirements analysis 
Requirements validation 

10.Documenting and managing requirements 
The importance of documentation 
The requirements document 
The requirements catalogue 
Managing requirements 

11.Modelling requirements 
Modelling system functions 
Modelling system data 

12.Delivering the requirements 
The context for the delivery approach 
The waterfall lifecycle 
The ‘V’ model lifecycle 
Incremental delivery 
Iterative or evolutionary systems development lifecycle 

13.Making a business and financial case 
The business case in the project lifecycle 
Identifying options 
Assessing feasibility 
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

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