Why should you take this course?
This course will help you get started as a Business Analyst. You will understand the essentials about Business Analysis and have practical experience of how to apply core analysis techniques in the work place. This course provides both new and experienced Business Analysts with all the knowledge and tools they need to perform the BA roles.
At the end of this Business Analysis Foundation Skills Course you are very competent in the foundation business analysis skills with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the Business Analyst in both traditional waterfall and Agile based projects.
You will also have the tools and techniques (i.e. UML Use Cases, Activity Diagrams, Data Modelling) you need to perform business analysis requirements activities with confidence; you will have solid understanding of key modelling techniques and how to apply them.
How is the course structured & what is included?
You are guided through 10 Lectures. Each Lecture consists of a short audio narrated video, clear instructions for further reading, examples, student materials to download, practical assignments and knowledge quizzes at the end of each lecture.
How long will the course take to complete?
Lectures with practical assignments will take between 1-2 hours to complete. Lectures with reading materials for your review will take about 20-30 minutes of your time.
This Lecture starts with analysing the organisation's internal and external environments using a variety of techniques. The techniques covered during this Lecture include: PESTLE, Five Forces Analysis, MOST Analysis, Resource Audit and the SWOT Analysis.
Remember to download the supporting students notes and assignments for this lesson.
This Quiz will cover what you have learned in Lecture 1: Organization Environment Analysis
Business Needs can be expressed in different ways. During this lecture we cover the Rich Picture and the Mind Map technique as 2 different techniques for the business analyst to use.
A ‘rich picture’ may be developed to describe a business situation and all of its complexity. The term ‘rich picture’ has come from the soft systems methodology and is a free-format approach to documenting investigation results. Download your supporting student notes for this lecture for more information.
This Quiz will test your knowledge based on Lecture 2: Business Need
This Lecture covers the concept of what a requirement is, what requirement types exist and how each is applied within the project environment. It also looks at the key attributes of requirements and examples of each.
This quiz will test your knowledge around Requirements Fundamentals
Requirements elicitation is one of the primary activities a Business Analyst performs. It is essential that you master the key elicitation techniques, when to apply them and learn the fundamentals of interviewing a stakeholder effectively.
Remember to download the Student Notes and Bonus First Interview Example document for your reference.
This Quiz will test your knowledge about Requirements Elicitation
Business Analysts perform their analysis activities in one of two mainstream project environments. The most common project environment is within a Waterfall approach to project delivery and the other more modern approach is that of an Agile approach to project delivery. The basic concepts around these two key approaches are covered during this Lecture.
Remember to also download the Student Notes for your review.
This quiz will test your knowledge about the Lecture: Business Analysis Approaches
This Lecture describes what solution scope is all about and also teaches you the importance of why you must trace your requirements as a requirements management technique.
This Quiz will test your knowledge about the Lecture: Manage Scope and Traceability
Requirements should be developed in a such a way that it can be re-used by others in future and it should be packaged in a way that is suitable to the audience it is intended for. These two concepts are discussed and expanded on during this Lecture.
This quiz will test your knowledge about the Lecture: Requirements Re-Use and Packages
As a Business Analyst it is important that you understand the basic foundation concepts around data modelling. This introduction lecture will describe how you can create an Entity Relationship Model based on a business scenario or business need.
This Lecture teaches the business analyst how to draw the UML Use Case Diagram to use as a functional scope and business requirements communication tool with business stakeholders or technical teams. You learn the essential modelling concepts around UML Use Case Diagrams.
During this Lecture the business process modelling technique is described in the UML Activity Model Notation. You learn how to draw the UML Activity Model based on a real-life case study. You are also provided with an introduction to the notation used with BPMN. A great introduction lecture to business process mapping.
A is a degree qualified Certified Business Analyst Professional CBAP® currently living in Melbourne, Australia.
A started her career out with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in South Africa where she worked as a Technical Analyst on the trading floor 1997. She changed her career shortly after that to take up her very first Business Analysis role with Arthur Andersen in 1998. She was selected to work on a variety of EMEIA based projects early on in her career which allowed significant European travel and she gained valuable global project experience. After a few very long trips to London, Amsterdam and Germany she decided to move across to England where she continued her role in the London based head office. A spent a total of 6 years in London working for both public sector and private sector companies as a Business Analyst. She not only studied with the London University during this time but completed 5 BCS ISEB Business Analysis certifications. After all those long winters, she decided to migrate to Melbourne Australia in 2006. A certified as a CBAP shortly after arriving in Melbourne. Business Analysis career coaching, mentoring and development programs have been an integral part of her experience during the last 6 years.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) 2007
BCom (Hon) Informatics 2001
BCS ISEB Business Analysis Certifications 2004
Information Systems Development and Management, London University, 2001
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner 2012