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Business Analysis Foundation - Third Edition (eLearning course)

What is Business Analysis ®?

The British Computer Society (BCS) have established a series of qualifications which lead to the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis. The first step of this journey is the BCS Business Analysis Foundation Certificate. This course is aimed at:

  • Experienced IT Practitioners
  • Experienced Business Users moving into a Business Analysis role and
  • Students qualifying in Business Studies, Computer Studies or Information Management Systems.

Students are advised to have access to the textbook – Business Analysis (3rd Edition), by Debr Paul, Donald Yeates and James Cadle, published by BCS, ISBN 9781906124618.

Certification / Exam

This course specifically provides the background knowledge for the related certification exam (which learners must pass in order to achieve the formal Certification). IMPORTANT: Please note that the certification EXAM IS NOT INCLUDED with this course. The exam can be purchased separately from the course publisher and booking details for the exam are provided on request.

Why buy this course?

Having specialised in the development of elearning training courses for over 20 years you can be assured of an exceptionally high quality, interactive product. The course is approximately 20 hours long, interactive and uses audio and animation to create an interesting and involved training programme. 

Re-enforce your knowledge of the Foundation syllabus before sitting the final exam by completing the interactive quiz after each session and the mock exam quizzes at the end of the Foundation course. This will significantly enhance your understanding of the method.

The beauty of elearning is you can study in bite size chunks, having the bookmarking system you can just pick up where you left off.

Take the exam at a selection of test centres including Prometric or Pearson Vue or we can arrange exams in house for groups.

(Please note that the exam for this certification is not included with this course but can be purchased separately from the course publisher. Booking details for the exam are provided on request). 

Business Analysis Foundation course synopsis

Session 1 – Introduction/What is Business Analysis

  • The origins of Business Analysis
  • The development of Business Analysis
  • The scope of Business Analysis work
  • The role and responsibilities of a Business Analyst

Session 2 – The Competencies of a Business Analyst

  • Behavioural Skills and personal qualities
  • Business Knowledge
  • Techniques
  • Development of competencies

Session 3 – Strategy Analysis

  • The context for strategy
  • Strategy development
  • External environmental analysis
  • Internal environment analysis
  • SWOT analysis
  • Implementing strategy

Session 4 - The Business Analysis Process Model

  • Approach to problem solving
  • Stages of the Business Analysis process model
  • Procedures for each process model stage
  • Techniques used within each process model stage

Session 5 - Investigation Techniques

  • Interviews
  • Observation
  • Workshops
  • Scenarios
  • Prototyping
  • Quantitative approaches
  • Documenting the current business situation

Session 6 - Stakeholder Analysis and Management

  • Definition of a stakeholder
  • Stakeholder categories and identification
  • Analysing stakeholders
  • Stakeholder management strategies
  • Managing Stakeholders

Session 7 - Modelling Business Systems

  • Soft systems methodology
  • Business Perspectives
  • Business activity models
  • Business events
  • Business rules
  • Critical success factors and KPI’s
  • Use of the business activity model in gap analysis

Session 8 - Modelling Business Processes

  • Organisational context
  • An alternative view of an organisation
  • Value propositions and value chain
  • Business Process Models
  • Improving business processes

Session 9 - Gathering the Requirements

  • The problems with requirements
  • A process for requirements engineering
  • Actors in requirements engineering
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Building the requirements list
  • Requirements analysis
  • Validating requirementss

Session 10 - Documenting and Managing Requirements

  • The requirements document
  • The requirements catalogue
  • Managing requirements

Session 11 - Modelling Requirements

  • Modelling system functions
  • Modelling system data

Session 12 – Delivering the Requirements

  • Delivering the solution
  • Context for the delivery approach
  • Delivery lifecycles

Session 13 – Making a Business and Financial Case

  • The business case in the project lifecycle
  • Assessing project feasibility
  • Structure of a business case
  • Investment appraisal
  • Presentation of a business case
  • Benefits realisation approach

Session 14 – Implementing Business Change

  • Introducing a new business system
  • The environment for change