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BCS Business Analysis Practice (ISEB)

Course Dates, Location & Prices

Business Analysis Practice is available as a full three day classroom based course, or a two day classroom based course with 7 hours of pre-work.
Dates Duration Location Price (Including exam fee) Places Available
23-25 April 2014 3 days Farringdon, London £895 + VAT 3 places available
18-19 June 2014 2 days Farringdon, London £895 + VAT Fully Booked
6-7 August 2014 2 days Farringdon, London £895 + VAT 1 place availabke
17-18 September 2014 2 days Farringdon, London £895 + VAT Good Availability
29 Sep - 1 Oct 2014 3 days Farringdon, London £895 + VAT Good Availability
19-20 November 2014 2 days Farringdon, London £895 + VAT Good Availability

Discounts are available on this course when it is taken as part of our BCS Diploma Package.

The BCS certificate in Business Analysis Practice is also available as part of our Advanced BCS Diploma training course.

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Introduction

This two or three day course covers the syllabus and exam for the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice, one of the core modules required for the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

Business Analysis Practice - Course Overview

This certificate is concerned with some of the strategic aspects of business analysis. Its focus is on using a holistic approach to the investigation and improvement of business situations with a view to developing effective, feasible business solutions.

Business Analysis Practice investigates the Business System. This is high level processes of, people within and context of, an organisation.

There are two key elements to the syllabus,

  • the development of a business strategy and
  • the exploration of a business issue, whether a problem or opportunity.

For the first element, candidates are required to understand a range of strategic analysis and performance management techniques. For the second element, they are required to be able to apply business analysis techniques within a defined framework.

Business Analysis Practice Course Objectives

Holders of the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice should be able to:

  • Describe how a business strategy is developed
  • Use strategic analysis techniques
  • Describe the need for project discipline
  • Explain techniques to investigate an organisation's business systems
  • Describe an approach to improving business systems
  • Explain the importance of stakeholder management and use a stakeholder analysis technique
  • Use techniques for the analysis and modelling of business systems
  • Describe how recommendations for business improvement may be identified
  • Describe the contents of a rigorous business case for the development and implementation of business changes
  • Identify costs, benefits, impacts and risks for an option in a business case

Business Analysis Practice - Intended Audience

This course is aimed at individuals who would like to achieve the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice, one of the core modules required for the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

It is particularly useful for Business Analysts that may be working in a strategic role, sometimes referred to as 'Business Architecture' because of its focus on the entire business system.

(Important note – The focus of this course is on 'strategic analysis' techniques rather than project based business analysis. This course is not suitable as a 'starter' Business Analysis training course and is therefore not recommended as an introduction for inexperienced Business Analysts. If you are new to business analysis and would like an introductory course please see our Fundamentals of Business Analysis training page).

Part of the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis

Business Analysis Practice is one of the core modules for those wanting to achieve their BCS Diploma in Business Analysis. To obtain the full Diploma candidates must also obtain the other core module of Requirements Engineering, a Knowledge-based specialism module and a Practitioner specialism module. Candidates must also take a one hour oral exam directly with the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, following successful completion of the four modular certificates.

Business Analysis Practice - Approach

The course is highly interactive and delegates are encouraged to learn through group exercises including a case study as well as exam-based exercises.

The BCS exam in Business Analysis Practice is taken on the last afternoon of the course.

Course Structure

For a printable version of the full course overview please click here.

To view the full BCS syllabus for the Certificate in Business Analysis Practice please click here.

Business Analysis Practice - Course Details

The duration of public courses 2 days with a high intensity level, or three days with a medium intensity level. Courses run from 9.00 am until 5.30 pm each day. For the two day course there is 7 hours of pre-work that must be completed prior to attending. This is based on the below reading list. A pre-reading document will be issed to all delegates on confirmation of course attenance.

Homework will be given to delegates on day one of the course.

Reading List - Business Analysis Practice

On-site delivery may take place over 2 or 3 days depending on the level of intensity required by the client.

The course is non-residential, however we can provide a list of recommended hotels close to the venue for those wanting to arrange accommodation. Tea, coffee and cold drinks are available during the course, however delegates should make their own lunch arrangements.

Business Analysis Practice - Examination Details

The BCS exam in Business Analysis Practice is taken on the afternoon of the last day of this course. The format for the examination is a one hour written open book examination based on a business scenario with 15 minutes reading time.

Candidates must achieve 50% to be awarded a pass grade.

Candidates who are awarded a pass for the examination are awarded the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

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