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Applied Programme in Business Analysis

Apply your business analysis knowledge and experience in the workplace to obtain the National Certificate: Business Analysis

Course Overview

The Applied Programme in Business Analysis (APBA) is primarily aimed at allowing delegates who have successfully completed FTI's Certificate Programme in Business Analysis (CPBA) to apply their knowledge in the workplace and complete the practical assignments required in order to receive a full qualification. Delegates who complete the course will have compiled a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that can be used to obtain the National Certificate: Business Analysis at level 6 on the National Qualification Framework.

Delegates who have not completed the CPBA may still be admitted to the APBA if they are able to demonstrate equivalent prior competencies, and meet the entry requirements.

During the full day modules, while some theoretical content will be reviewed or taught in order to build on the delegates prior learning, the expectation is that this is mostly revision of existing knowledge and not teaching of the content matter.

Delegates whose prior theoretical knowledge proves to be insufficient will be directed to review supplemental study material in order to complete the formative and summative assessments (assessment of theoretical and applied knowledge) required to demonstrate competence.

Course Objectives:

 At the end of the programme, delegates will beable to:

  • Demonstrate their inter-personal skills, especially in the areas of facilitation and group work
  • Apply a problem-solving focus and be able to think strategically about business solutions
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge about their organisation from different operational and strategic perspectives
  • Display the ability to identify and document business requirements, including functional, non-functional,informational and transitional, inavariety of ways,
  • Competently produce a variety of business analysis artifacts, including business requirements documents business cases, and analysis planning documents
  • Apply their modelling skills, including being able to model processes, information and interfaces

Course Delivery

Delegates on the APBA will have to:
  • Attend the selection and briefing sessions to ensure that they comply with the requirements for entry to the programme.
  • Attend full-day modules once a month where the theoretical content is covered and reviewed in preparation for their workplace assignments. In addition, simulation workshops are held to apply the skills inaclassroom environment.
  • Complete their 4 workplace assignments during each month
  • Provide answers for the summary review questions for each of the 5 modules
  • Compile their PoE and submit this for assessment.
  • Write and pass the final exam.

Course Assessment

This course has a formal assessment mechanism. To obtain the National Certificate: Business Analysis, delegates will need to:

  • Complete and present the following workplace assignments (some of whichmaybecombined):
  • Business Analysis Report/Presentation 
  • Business Case Document
  • Requirements and Quality Management Plan (or equivalent)
  • Requirements Document, such as Business
  • Requirements Specification or Functional Specification
  • Obtain a final overall course mark of 50% as well as a sub-minimum of 50% for the exam.
  • Submit a PoE compiled from all of the materials developed during the APBA course for submission and assessment by a SAQA accredited assessor.

Course Content

Preparing a Business Report
(Weeks 1 – 4) 2 days

  • Review Business Assessment theory
  • Business Assessment simulation workshop
  • Final hand in of Business Assessment report
Preparing Effective Business Cases
(Weeks 5 – 7) 2 days
  • Review Business Case theory
  • Business Case simulation workshop
  • Final hand in of Business Case
Requirements Planning and Management
(Weeks 8 – 10) 2 days
  • Requirements Planning andManagement theory
  • Requirements Planning and Management simulation workshop
  • Final hand in of Requirements Management Plan
Preparing an Effective Requirements Package
(Weeks 11 – 14) 4 days
  • Review requirements modeling theory
  • Review requirements analysis, design and specification theory
  • Requirements modeling, analysis and design simulation workshop
  • Final hand in of Requirements Specification Package
Requirements Quality Management
(Week 15) 2 days
  • Requirements Quality Management theory
  • Requirements Quality Management simulation workshop
POE Submission and Final Exam
(Weeks 18 – 21) ;2 days
  • Final Exam
  • PoE Compilation and Preliminary Review
  • PoE Submission, Assessment and Resubmission if necessary
  • PoE Signoff and Programme Finalisationment requirements, tools and techniques

Course Prerequisites

To gain entrance to APBA, delegates must complete an objective knowledge test to ensure that they have the theoretical knowledge on which to base their workplace learning, as the contact sessions on the course focus on a brief review only. Delegates whose previous learning included some substantive assessments (assignments, examinations or tests) will be at a definite advantage in that these may reduce the work required in completing formative and summative assessments in the PoE.
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