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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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Student learns to create a business case based on a real-life case study and to communicate in a simulated environment, the business case to decision makers and other stakeholder. Students learn to differentiate between needs, goals and objectives and to set quantifiable objectives. They perform a cost-benefit analysis to calculate key financial metrics, including ROI and payback period.




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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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Introduction to the fundamental concepts and processes of software testing which consists of the verification of implemented solutions against documented specifications. Review various levels of software testing such as black box, white box, regression, static, dynamic or automated, and learn to create test cases and a test plan.




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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

If 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 fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Delivery

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

Program Contacts

Belinda Becker
Program Assistant
Belinda.Becker@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x22797


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


Emiliano Introcaso
Academic Program Manager
Emiliano.Introcaso@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24043