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Fundamentals of Business Analysis and Requirements Certificate

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Companies understand the value that good analysts bring to project teams, and individuals with BA skills are in high demand.

All information in the course aligns with the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) standard,  “Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®” (BABOK®) and addresses, at a high level, the concepts that the BA must master to be successful. The course covers the breadth of the Business Analyst’s role, and how this role fits into the technical, business, and project management environments of an organization. Because the Business Analyst must interface with many different types of stakeholders, there is a strong emphasis on stakeholder analysis and the communication challenges facing the BA when interacting with stakeholders. Since a large percentage of the Business Analyst’s time is spent dealing with vast amounts of data in the form of requirements, the course covers various requirements-related concepts to enable the BA to more successfully manage the requirements lifecycle, starting with techniques for elicitating requirements. Through a combination of online lectures and hands-on, offline exercises, students will learn about writing good requirements, analyzing requirements, and methods for prioritizing requirements. The topic of requirements traceability and re-use will also be covered. Participants will earn a Pace University Certificate of Completion.

Click here to see the Fall 2016 schedule.

Program Topics

  • What a Business Analyst does
  • How the Business Analyst role interfaces with other roles within the project
  • The various software development approaches
  • How to gain more insight into the business and technical environments
  • Requirements needs assessment
  • Writing an effective business case
  • Understanding the different types of requirements
  • How to write clear and unambiguous requirements
  • Requirements risk analysis
  • Dos and don’ts of elicitating requirements
  • Requirements analysis techniques
  • Requirements prioritization techniques
  • How to plan for requirements re-use
  • The importance of requirements traceability
  • Considerations in planning business analysis activities

Who Should Enroll

  • New business analysts or anyone considering a career change into Business Analysis
  • Project Managers seeking a greater understanding of Business Analysis
  • Analysts who may benefit from looking at the challenges faced in the workplace
  • Individuals who want to excel in their business career by learning business analysis skills

Students will earn 15 contact hours of training for attending the class, with the option of an additional 6 hours upon completing all of the offline exercises. These hours can be used to apply for the CBAP Exam.

Fall 2016 Online Course Schedule

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
September 6 - 22, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Course will be offered via online WebEx Sessions.

Tuition: $795
Course#: 90220

Class Status: OPEN

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Please contact Corey Getchell  at (212) 346-1164 or