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BCS Business Analysis Practice

Special Notices

From January 2020 the format of this exam will change from written to multiple choice to link to the new courseware.

Please note that the written exam format will be available until 31 March 2020 to allow delegates who previously sat the written format to resit their exams. These delegates will not be permitted to sit the multiple choice exam.

Business Analysts are increasingly required to extend themselves beyond their traditional role of developing and maintaining IT systems. They need the capability to understand the business strategy, use proven techniques to analyse the business area, and identify changes to business processes needed to meet internal and external challenges.

This course develops the skills needed to work with senior business and IT staff to analyse and model business activities. Delegates will learn how to investigate business problems, and how to identify and recommend appropriate creative solutions. At the end of the course delegates may sit an examination to attain the BCS Business Systems Development Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

Included

12-month BCS Associate membership (not available to previous members). Click here for terms and conditions.

 

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for Business Analysis
  • Use strategic analysis techniques to understand the strategic context
  • Explain techniques to investigate an organisation's current situation
  • Explain the importance of stakeholder management and use a stakeholder analysis technique
  • Use techniques for the analysis and modelling of business systems
  • Describe how recommendations for business improvement may be identified
  • Describe the contents of a rigorous business case for the development and implementation of business changes
  • Identify costs, benefits, impacts and risks for an option in a business case including investment appraisal

Pre-Requisites

There are no prerequisites for attending this course. This course is designed for anyone wishing to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be a Business Analyst and/or acquire the BCS diploma in Business Analysis. Delegates wishing to acquire the skill set required for analysing and addressing business problems and wishing to attain the BCS Business Systems Development Certificate in Business Analysis Practice would benefit from attending this course.

Course Content

Rationale:

A lifecycle for business change; The role of the Business Analyst within the lifecycle for business change; Other roles within the lifecycle for business change; Purpose of analysing and modelling business systems; The framework business analysis activities

Understanding the strategic context:

Internal environment analysis; External environment analysis; SWOT analysis; Critical Success Factors, Key Performance Indicators and Performance Targets; The Balanced Business Scorecard as a framework for identifying CSFs and KPIs

Understanding the situation/issues:

Stakeholder identification; Overview of investigative techniques; Representing a holistic view of the business situation

Stakeholder analysis and management:

Stakeholder analysis; Identifying different perspectives; Defining perspectives

Analysing and modelling business activities:

Developing a conceptual business activity model from a perspective; Identifying business events; Analysing business rules; Building consensus by resolving conflicts

Identifying potential solutions:

Gap analysis - comparing the ideal and existing systems; Defining a new business model; Identifying IS/IT requirements to support the new business model

Building the business case:

Structure of a business case; Identifying options for business change; Identifying and categorising costs and benefits; Identifying and categorising risks, Identifying impacts; The lifecycle for the business case

Case Study:

A case study allows the delegates to undertake a simulated business analysis assignment

Exams & Certification

What format is the exam?

  • BCS Business Analysis Practice Exam (One Hour Multiple Choice)
  • One hour closed book
  • Pass mark is 65%

From January 2020 the format of this exam will change from written to multiple choice to link to the new courseware.

Please note that the written exam format will be available until 31 March 2020 to allow delegates who previously sat the written format to resit their exams. These delegates will not be permitted to sit the multiple choice exam.

Normally all candidates sit the examination at the end of the course which they attend - if the examination is taken at any other time, as will be the case for re-sits, candidates must bring photo-id to the examination location.

If you are taking a BCS exam you must bring photographic identification with you (passport, driving license or student card), as it is a BCS requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification will result in a candidate not being able to sit the exam. For any questions about what form of identification is acceptable please contact us.

BCS allow additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify us as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise us and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy. 

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