Course Summary
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21 hours
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 Business Analysis or Project Management


The course objective is to discuss the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project to include the pre-project activities that comprise enterprise analysis; learn how a business analyst supports the project throughout the solution development life cycle, from establishing the solution, vision, and scope in the analysis phase to validating that requirements have been met in the testing phase; understand why and when to involve the business analysis function; and communicate effectively with those who perform that role.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify business analysis best practices
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the BA
  • Identify phases in the business analysis process
  • Perform requirements validation and traceability
  • Define requirements
  • Explain the importance of managing risk
  • Define the solution, vision, and scope
  • Plan the requirements elicitation process
  • Recognize the importance of analyzing and documenting requirements
  • Explain the role of modeling for documenting and communicating requirements

General Topics:

  • Best practices in business analysis
  • The business analysis process
  • Role of the BA versus project manager, systems analysts, and test manager roles
  • Types of projects within the project portfolio
  • Role of the BA in strategic enterprise analysis
  • The project life cycle and the solution development life cycle (SDLC)
  • Vision and scope report
  • Conducting a visioning workshop
  • Validating solution scope
  • Traceability
  • Levels of requirements
  • Functional, nonfunctional, and implementation requirements
  • Specifications
  • Business rules
  • Risk response strategies
  • The requirements work plan
  • Elicitation techniques
  • The BA's role in preparing for change
  • Analyzing requirements
  • Business requirements document (BRD)
  • BRD validation techniques
  • AS-IS versus TO-BE modeling
  • Modeling techniques
  • Validating and verifying the solution
  • The V-model of testing
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials