Business Analysis

Seneca College Certificate


Overview

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) has approved Seneca College as an Endorsed Education provider.

Business analysis involves understanding market trends and helping decision makers find ways to realize strategic operational and tactical goals as they relate to culture, capital, costs, customers, compliance, competition, and competence.  Study the six knowledge areas and underlying competencies in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK).  Some courses in the program qualify for PD Hours/CDU:40.

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Entry Requirements

A background in business and/or IT is recommended.


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Curriculum

Core Courses (5)

BAP200
Introduction to Business Analysis
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In today's global business markets business analysis professionals have the ability to deliver requirements that bridge the gap between people process and technology. This course will introduce students to A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge's (BABOK Guide) six knowledge areas and the underlying competencies necessary to be a successful professional business analyst.




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PMP200
Project Management Tools and Techniques
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In today's competitive business environment project management skills must include the ability to deliver projects on time, on budget, and to the satisfaction of the customer. The purpose of this introductory course is to examine the general principals, practices, tools and resources associated with managing a diversity of workplace projects.




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BAP202
Business Process Modeling & Improvement
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None

Students examine process mapping and the modeling of business improvements from the perspective of the Business Analyst. Students explore methods of business process mapping as a means to documenting the present state of business in preparation for modeling process improvement.




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BAP203
Managing Requirements and Engagements
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Prerequisite(s):

BAP200 - Introduction to Business Analysis

Students learn how to approach, plan, execute and close a business analysis engagement. Topics include stakeholder analysis, traceability, writing, elicitation, verification, validation, approval and change.




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BAP204
Business Facilitation and Communication
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Prerequisite(s):

BAP200 - Introduction to Business Analysis

The role of BA involves ongoing communication with stakeholders, members of business and technical teams and acting as the lead in the facilitation and design of rquirement-gathering sessions. Students apply key concepts in facilitation, negotiations, consensus buy-in as well as communication concepts critical to the success of the BA in the business world.




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Complete 2 of the following:

BAP205
Business Case Development
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Prerequisite(s):

BAP200 is recommended.

This course takes students through the process of creating an industry-standard business case based on a real-life business scenario. Students communicate the business case in two simulated formats (written and oral) to decision makers and other stakeholders. They identify the underlying need and set goals and quantifiable objectives. They perform a cost-benefit analysis to calculate key financial metrics, including return on investment (ROI) and payback period. Students apply tasks and techniques from the Strategy Analysis Knowledge Area of the BABOK (IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge), including the assessment of capability gaps (gap analysis), the formulation of a problem statement, the definition of the solution scope using a scope model (context diagram), and the creation of a weighted scoring table to support the decision process (decision analysis). Students take part in in-class or online discussions, complete online quizzes and work independently and with a group to build their business case.




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BAP206
Introduction to Analytics and Big Data
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Examine the organizational goals and value provided by analytics and big data systems and processes. Students will learn the terminology and operating principles of these powerful technologies, as well as the planning aspects to implement them.




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BAP207
Software Testing
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This course introduces students to concepts and processes of software testing that are used to verify that developed solutions match documented specifications. Through practical applications, students perform static testing to identify defects and utilize different dynamic test design techniques to write test cases. They learn to apply the fundamental methods, techniques, and processes of software testing to write a test plan and incident/defect reports for industry-specific business scenarios. Students explore a variety of test approaches and test tools that are suitable for different testing scopes. *Additionally students may find this course helpful preparation for the (ISTQB) International Standard Testing Certified Qualification Board, Certified Tester Foundation Level exam.




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BAP208
Agile Methodologies
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Examine multiple aspects of Agile methodologies with a focus on practices that have evolved since the creation of the Agile values and principles published in 2001. Students begin with an overview of the history of Agile methodologies in order to gain an understanding of where these practices originated and how they are being applied today.




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Program Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the role of the Business Analyst.
  2. Build a business case that will serve as a key decision support component.
  3. Articulate and define problems to work toward the most usable solution.
  4. Plan, lead and facilitate the requirements - gathering process.
  5. Manage changes in project scope and requirements.
  6. Ensure solutions are applicable, relevant and usable in the specific business environment.
  7. Collaborate with development teams in the system testing stage.
  8. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders.
  9. Model, diagram and improve processes.
  10. Describe the context of the business analyst role in the broader project and organizational environment.
 

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Delivery

All courses are offered through online delivery with some available through in-class delivery.

Faculty Profile

Jane Rusin, M.Eng, CBAP

For over 20 years, Jane Rusin has worked as a business analyst for a variety of leading Canadian companies. Jane brings her extensive knowledge as a business analyst to her role as instructor for the business analysis program, helping students acquire the essential skills and knowledge required to enter the profession.

Throughout her career, Jane has promoted and maintained high standards in business analysis and has also mentored junior and intermediate business analysists by sharing her expertise on the industry.

Supplementing her professional development, Jane holds a master's degree in engineering as well as an analyst developer diploma. She is also a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Program Contacts

Isaac Sethian
Part-time Program Coordinator
Isaac.Sethian@senecacollege.ca