BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice
Duration: 3 Days (24 Hours)
BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice Course Overview:
The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice is a prestigious professional certification signifying mastery of business analysis fundamentals. Encompassing strategic business analysis, stakeholder analysis, business system and process modeling, and business case development, it validates expertise essential for discerning organizational context, pinpointing enhancement opportunities, and evaluating business requirements. Backed by the British Computer Society (BCS), this certification cultivates critical thinking abilities and methodical change approaches, proving invaluable in capacities like business analysts, managers, and business change team members, thereby equipping industry professionals with robust capabilities.
• Business analysts seeking to enhance their skills
• Individuals aspiring to become business analysts
• Professionals involved in business change projects
• Managers aiming to improve business processes
• IT professionals working on business analysis activities
• Project leaders handling business analysis responsibilities.
Learning Objectives of BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice:
The objectives of the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice course are as follows:
- Equipping learners with essential skills and knowledge for conducting business analysis.
- Teaching the application of strategic analysis techniques and comprehension of organizational challenges.
- Training in identifying and assessing opportunities for enhancing business systems, devising viable business solutions, and grasping the business life cycle.
- Imparting knowledge about stakeholder analysis and management strategies, alongside emphasizing the significance of effective business change implementation.
Module 1: Rationale for Business Analysis 5%
- Explain the role of the BA throughout the stages of the business change lifecycle.
- Understand the scope of the BA role within the context of the range of analysis activities: strategic analysis and definition; business analysis; IT systems analysis.
- Identify that there are three areas of competency for a BA: personal qualities, business knowledge and professional techniques.
Module 2: Understanding the Strategic Context 15%
- Apply the MOST technique to analyse the internal environment of an organisation.
- Apply the resource audit technique to analyse the internal environment of an organisation.
- Apply the PESTLE technique to analyse the external environment of an organisation.
- Apply Porter’s Five Forces technique to analyse the external environment of an organisation.
- Explain the purpose of a SWOT analysis.
- Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for a given scenario.
- Define and explain the relationship between the following terms:
- Define the elements of the balanced business scorecard and describe how it may be used to identify critical success factors and key performance indicators.
Module 3: Understanding the Current Situation 15%
- Identify the generic stakeholder categories defined in the stakeholder wheel.
- Identify relevant investigation techniques for a given scenario, including:
- Explain the rationale for taking a holistic view when investigating a business situation.
- Interpret the business situation represented in: rich pictures; mind maps and fishbone diagrams.
Module 4: Stakeholder Analysis and Management 20%
- In a given scenario, describe stakeholders in terms of their power/influence and level of interest.
- Select an appropriate stakeholder management strategy based on the position on the Power/Interest Grid.
- Apply the CATWOE technique to explore stakeholder business perspectives.
- Explain different stakeholder business perspectives based on elements of CATWOE to identify similarities and differences in their worldviews.
Module 5: Analysing and Modelling Business Activities 25%
- Explain the rationale for building conceptual models of a business situation
- Understand how to construct a conceptual business activity model, based on a given scenario
- Show understanding of how the five types of high level activity within a business activity model (and the dependencies between them) represent a stakeholder’s business perspective.
- Explain the role of the planning activities in determining performance targets for a business system represented in the business activity model.
- Explain the role of the enabling activities, in acquiring and replenishing resources for a business system represented in the business activity model.
- Explain the role of the doing activities in conducting the work of the transformation, as defined in the stakeholder’s CATWOE.
- Explain the role of monitoring and control activities, in regulating a business system represented in the business activity model.
- Explain the three types of business events:
- In a given business activity model, identify the business events that will be handled by a particular business activity.
- Explain the rationale for the consensus business activity model.
Module 6: Identifying Potential Solutions 10%
- In a given business scenario, distinguish between the different categories of business rule:
- Describe the process for carrying out gap analysis, through comparison of the conceptual business activity model and existing business situation.
- Define the components of a new business model:
Module 7: Building the Business Case 10%
- Explain the rationale for the development of a business case.
- Describe the contents of a business case, including:
- Interpret a scenario in order to identify the following:
- Understand the rationale for the development of the financial case and the following appraisal techniques:
- Explain where a business case sits within the business change lifecycle and the rationale for reviewing it at each stage.
BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice Course Prerequisites
• Prior knowledge of business processes and operations
• Familiarity with business analysis techniques
• Experience in a relevant role such as project management
• Understanding of stakeholder analysis and management
• Proficiency in modelling business processes
• Ability to analyze, validate and document business and system requirements.
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