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Advanced Business Analysis Programme

This comprehensive and structured part time programme delivers dual certificates for the experienced Business Analyst

Course Overview

The AdBA is designed to develop confident, competent, multi-skilled professional Business Analysts who are capable of reducing organisational risk and increasing organisational value from the deployment of technology-based solutions.

The 7 month FTI programme which also fully incorporates the National Certificate: Business Analysis, is aimed at the experienced and professional BA. In order to gain admittance onto the AdBA, delegates should be able to demonstrate competence in key areas as well as show that they are able to find work-related projects which involve requirements gathering and specification while they are attending the course.

Delegates and their companies will derive maximum benefit from the learning experience if they are able to apply the skills learnt in the workplace during the course.

As part of the programme, delegates will be guided towards the submission of their Portfolio of Evidence for the National Certificate: Business Analysis (level 6) and thereby obtain not only the FTI backed AdBA but also the SAQA accredited NCBA qualification.

On completion of training, delegates are, if they have the appropriate work experience, also encouraged to prepare for and write the CBAP® or CCBA ® exams, administered by the IIBA which will give them an internationally recognised and acknowledged certification.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the programme, delegates will have:
  • Developed excellent inter-personal skills, especially in the areas of presentations, running workshops and JAD sessions
  • Acquired a strong problem-solving focus and be able to think strategically about business solutions
  • Gained good knowledge about their organisation from different operational and strategic perspectives
  • Developed the ability to elicit and document business requirements, including functional, non-functional, informational and transitional requirements, in a variety of ways
  • Competently produced a variety of business analysis artefacts, including business requirements documents, business cases, and analysis planning documents 
  • Gained strong modelling skills, including being able to model processes, information and interfaces

Course Delivery

Delegates on the AdBA (NCBA) will need to:

  • Attend a mixture of full day and half day/evening sessions over the 7 month duration
  • Complete 4 real-world assignments to ensure that they can apply their knowledge in the workplace
  • Participate in group discussions, case studies and workshops
  • Occasionally complete a small amount of homework in preparation for the following week's seminar
  • Compile their PoE and submit this for assessment
  • Complete and pass the final exam

Course Assessment

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

  • Complete and present the following workplace assignments (some of which may be combined):
    •  Business Analysis Report/Presentation
    •  Business Case document
    •  Requirements and Quality Management Plan (or equivalent)
    •  Requirements document, such as Business Requirements Specification or Functional Specification
  • Be assessed on course contribution and participation
  • Obtain a final overall course mark of 50% as well as a sub-minimum of 50% for the exam is required..
  • Complete a number of integrated tests, coursework exercises or homework exercises that demonstrate that they comprehend the theoretical content of the course.
  • Submit a Portfolio of Evidence compiled from all of the materials developed during the course for submission and assessment by a SAQA accredited assessor.

Course Comparison Table

DipBA

AdBA

6 months

7 months

Module

Code

Duration

Module

Code

Duration

1-1

PSKP

3 days

1

PCPS

4 days

1-2

PSKP

2 days

     

2

BARD

4 Sessions

2

BAF

7 Sessions

 

BABC

4 Sessions

3

BABC

4 Sessions

3

BAPM, BAID, BADM BAFS

12 Sessions

4

BARA

10 Sessions

     

5

BARM

4 Sessions

4

ARAD

4 days

6

BASW

3 days

 

EXAM

½ DAY

 

EXAM

½ DAY

     

POE completion

½ day

     

POE hand-in and sign-off

 

 

Course Content

PCPS: Professional Communication and Problem Solving
(4 full days)

  • Understanding behaviours
  • Communications theory and practice
  • Fundamental interpersonal skills for any person working in a Knowledge-Intensive role
  • Creative, Analytical and Critical Thinking skills
  • Problem solving and analysis using mindmaps and root cause analysis
  • Probing; Interviewing; Mind-Mapping; Information filtering; Interviewing and recording
  • Workshop facilitation, conflict resolution
  • Preparing and presenting business presentations

BAF: Business Analysis Fundamentals
(7 sessions OR 3 ½ full days)

  • The nature of business change projects,
  • Project processes; Life cycles and deliverables, Project documentation, Project roles and responsibilities
  • Profile of an analyst. Behaviours, skills, competencies, ethics and career path; Landscape of the BA profession
  • Analysing a Business, Organisational modelling, Goals analysis,
  • Requirements Fundamentals, traceability, requirements taxonomies and definitions
  • Requirements elicitation, stakeholder analysis, Business and Stakeholder requirements
  • Solution definition and Scope clarification, Context models, High level Requirements definition and documentation

BABC: Impact Assessment and the Business Case
(4 sessions OR 2 full days)

  • Conceptual solution definition
  • Setting project goals and objectives
  • Project scope; Cost and benefit analysis
  • Estimating the size of a system
  • Project risk and solution feasibility
  • Producing a business case

BARA : Requirements Analysis and Design
(10 sessions OR 5 full days)

  •  Requirements Analysis & Design, The role of modelling in requirements definition
  • The complete requirements specification
  • Business process modelling; Identifying processes; Basic concepts; Approach; Levelling
  • Extended process models: Swim-lanes; Modelling process artefacts; Mapping to architectures and system specifications
  • Business rules definition
  • Human-Computer Interface Requirements Analysis
  • Input and output specification: Screen design; Sequence diagrams; Prototypes; Wire-framing; Usability issues and considerations
  • Information presentation and design specification, Forms, document & report design
  • Output specification and design; Techniques for specifying output requirements; Principles, issues and risks
  • Management information; MIS reporting
  • Information modelling techniques: Logical data models, Data dictionaries and glossaries; Modelling information requirements: Producing the data dictionary; Basic information modelling
  • Importance of data and information modelling techniques (entity-relationship modelling)
  • Requirements Specification: Functional Requirements, Informational Requirements, Non-functional requirements; documentation options

BARM: Requirements Planning, Management and Quality
(4 sessions OR 2 full days)

  • Quality Management in the Life Cycle; Validating and integrating requirements; models for business rules; CRUD matrix; Techniques for integrating requirements
  • Requirement Life Cycle Management; traceability, change control, stakeholder and communications Management
  • Impact Analysis, implementation and change management
  • Testing and verifying solutions

BASW: Business Analysis Simulation workshop
(4 full days)

  •  Prototyping; Practical JAD and Rapid Architected Application Development as fast-track approaches to software acquisition and development.

Course Prerequisites

For the FTI AdBA programme, it is highly desirable that delegates have:
  • At least four year's working experience with their most recent position being inabusiness analysis role
  • Work related projects which involve requirements gathering and specification which they can do while they are attending the course
  • The active support and mentorship of their managers
  • Ready access to a PC and relevant software for course assignments

All delegates are required to complete a course application and course pre-assessment(s) to ensure they meet these pre-requisites, are in a position to derive value from the programme and are able to contribute in class. 

Accreditation

National Certificate: Business Analysis SAQA ID: 63909
PD Hours/CDU’s: 40

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