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Business Analysis Extension Certificate  

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Gain the foundational knowledge and skills to effectively understand business problems and opportunities, analyze needs and solutions, recommend strategies and facilitate stakeholder collaboration. Learn to model, analyze, communicate and manage requirements and other business analysis information.

Organizations seek qualified business analysts to help enable change by defining business needs and recommending solutions that deliver real business value. Qualified business analysts are sought to define business needs, identify solutions, manage requirements and support continuous improvement efforts for organizational success.

Be exposed to a variety of best practices, proven tools and industry-recognized techniques that can be immediately applied in a range of business environments. Courses follow the BABOK® Guide v3.

CE Logo - Business Analysis - IIBAMount Royal University Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension is proud to be an Endorsed Educational Provider (EEP™) of the IIBA®.

Accreditation

The Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) designation is awarded through the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). The CBAP® is increasingly recognized as the benchmark of excellence for the business analysis professional. For an overview of the CBAP® certification requirements, please visit the IIBA® website.

All of the courses in the Business Analysis Extension Certificate are IIBA® endorsed courses and automatically qualify towards the Professional Development hours required for CBAP® certification or re-certification. 

Important Notice

The Business Analysis Extension Certificate was revised in Fall 2015.

If you started the Business Analysis program before August 31, 2015, please click here to determine which courses are needed to complete your certificate.

The last day to complete the final assessment paper will be June 30, 2016. For more information, please contact the Student & Program Liaison, Stephanie Jones, at sljones@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6636.

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  • Gain knowledge and skills to support or begin your career in business analysis
  • Earn a recognized credential to enhance your business analysis experience
  • Update your existing business analysis credentials
  • Learn industry-recognized techniques and best practices to perform business analysis work
  • Earn professional development hours towards CBAP™ certification or re-certification
  • Complete the 8 required courses (118 hours)
  • The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to review the online learning units – your actual time spent completing assignments may vary
  • Can be completed within 2 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years
  • Available in the classroom and online – courses are interchangeable
PROGRAM TABLE - BUSINESS ANALYSIS EXTENSION CERTIFICATE
Required Courses
RECOMMENDED ORDER

Length (Hours) Prerequisites Semester Offered Grade Mode Cost
An Overview of Business Analysis 15 No All Letter Grade $549
Specify & Model Requirements 21 No* All Letter Grade $749
Business Process Modeling 15 No* All Letter Grade $549
Strategic Business Analysis 15 No* All Letter Grade $549
Facilitation Skills for Business Analysts 15 No* All Letter Grade $549
Plan & Manage Business Analysis Work 15 No* All Letter Grade $549
Develop a Business Case 15 No* All Letter Grade $549
Business Analysis Perspectives 7 No* All  Letter Grade $349
*No prerequisite, but completion of An Overview of Business Analysis and Specify & Model Requirements are highly recommended
Total Hours 118        
Prices subject to change without notice

 

Required Courses

An Overview of Business Analysis
Explore the role of today’s business analyst while gaining industry-recognized skills, techniques and methods. Discover how to analyze a business situation, set business goals, elicit information and requirements, choose appropriate modeling techniques, and evaluate the benefits and value realized by a solution.

Subject code: XBUA 10015 15 Hours. Fee: $549 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 90667
Online Sept. 13-Oct. 11    
CRN 90668 2 classes Sept. 23-24 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat.
CRN 90669
4 classes Oct. 18-27 6 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Tue., Thu.
CRN 90671 Online Nov. 14-Dec. 12    

Specify and Model Requirements
Explore techniques and practices for identifying and understanding the stakeholder requirements that define the solution scope. Key stakeholders have varying perspectives about requirements; by using a combination of visual models, discover and consolidate those perspectives.
Recommended prerequisite: An Overview of Business Analysis

Subject code: XBUA 10016 21 Hours. Fee: $749 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 90672
3 classes Sept. 29-Oct. 1  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Thu., Fri., Sat.
CRN 90674
3 classes Nov. 17-19
 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Thu., Fri., Sat.

Business Process Modeling
Business process models help businesses understand what they do, and identify ways to do things better. Explore the goals and activities of business process modeling using a variety of approaches and tools, including process maps, organization modeling, SIPOC tables, use diagrams and decision modeling. Model and analyze an existing business process and design a new and improved business process.
Note: This course is equivalent to Business Process Modelling and Analysis (XBPM 10002).
Recommended prerequisites: An Overview of Business Analysis and Specify and Model Requirements

Subject code: XBUA 10004 15 Hours. Fee: $549 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 90127
2 classes Oct. 14-15 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat.
CRN 90256
2 classes Dec. 9-10 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat.

Strategic Business Analysis
Acquire techniques to help you discover, understand and communicate business needs. Identify effective ways to apply the capabilities of the organization to attain the desired business objectives. Apply a variety of techniques to understand and articulate the current capabilities of the organization including identify alternate ways of addressing the business need, conduct a feasibility assessment, assess risks to business value and communicate a change strategy. In addition, examine ways to evaluate the solution after implementation.
Recommended prerequisites: An Overview of Business Analysis, and Specify and Model Requirements

Subject code: XBUA 10017 15 Hours. Fee: $549 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 90676
2 classes
Oct. 21-22
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat.
CRN 90677
Online
Nov. 14-Dec. 12
   

Facilitation Skills for Business Analysts
This highly interactive course provides you with a variety of facilitation techniques to actively engage stakeholders, elicit requirements, and encourage collaboration and consensus. Plan and lead a short facilitated workshop and receive feedback from your peers to help improve your facilitation skills.
Recommended prerequisites: An Overview of Business Analysis, and Specify and Model Requirements

Subject code: XBUA 10019 15 Hours. Fee: $549 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 90680
Online Oct. 24-Nov. 21    
CRN 90679
2 classes Nov. 18-19  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Fri., Sat.

Plan and Manage Business Analysis Work
The business analysis plan is part of the overall project management plan, and describes the scope of the business analysis work, stakeholder participation, business analysis activities and deliverables, risks and plans for dealing with those risks. Learn how to apply techniques to plan and manage business analysis work, including stakeholder analysis, information management, prioritization, governance and risk analysis.
Recommended prerequisites: An Overview of Business Analysis, and Specify and Model Requirements

Subject code: XBUA 10018 15 Hours. Fee: $549 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 90683
Online Oct. 3-31
   
CRN 90682
2 classes Nov. 4-5
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat.

Develop a Business Case
Business cases are developed to justify a course of action based on the benefits to be realized by a proposed solution, compared to the cost, effort and other factors to acquire and live with that solution. Learn how to construct an effective business case that sets realistic expectations about the change initiative and the business value of the resulting solution. Apply various techniques to estimate the business value based on a cost-benefit analysis, ROI and other measures of solution value.
Recommended prerequisites: An Overview of Business Analysis, and Specify and Model Requirements

Subject code: XBUA 10007 15 Hours. Fee: $549 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 90128 2 classes Oct. 14-15 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat.
CRN 90257 2 classes Nov. 25-26 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat.

Business Analysis Perspectives
Explore five areas of specialization in business analysis: information technology analysis, agile business analysis, business process management, business intelligence analysis and enterprise business analysis. Gain exposure to specialized techniques, methods and competencies, and the role of the business analyst in each.
Recommended prerequisites: An Overview of Business Analysis, and Specify and Model Requirements

Subject code: XBUA 10020 7 Hours. Fee: $349 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 50497 1 class Jun. 25 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.
CRN 90686 1 class Oct. 29 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.
CRN 90688
1 class Dec.10 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.

 

PROGRAM TABLE – ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS*

 

Required Courses
Recommended Order**

Fall '16
(Sept.-Dec.)

Winter '17
(Jan.-Apr.)

Spring '17
(May-Jun.)

Fall '17
(Sept.-Dec.)

Winter '18
(Jan. - Apr.)

An Overview of Business Analysis

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Specify & Model Requirements

 

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Business Process Modeling

 

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Strategic Business Analysis

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Facilitation Skills for Business Analysts

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Plan & Manage Business Analysis Work

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Develop a Business Case

 

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Business Analysis Perspectives

 

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*Schedule subject to change

**Please note that although this is the recommended order, each course is designed as a stand-alone course. Students are free to take the courses in the order that works best for their individual schedules.

Our Business Analysis instructors are among the best in Canada – or anywhere. They are experts in all aspects of business analysis. They are also eager to share their knowledge of and passion for business analysis with you. Meet:

Textbook (Required)
A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) Version 3, International Institute of Business Analysis, 2009. Available through the BookStore. IIBA® members can download a complimentary PDF copy of the BABOK® Guide for their own personal and professional use from the IIBA website. Non-members can purchase a PDF copy.

Course Materials
All additional required course materials are distributed online. Click here for information on how to access your course materials. 

“An outstanding way to start or further your career as a business analyst.”
– Mark Zipprick, Business Analysis graduate

“The workshop environment was very beneficial for learning from fellow classmates ... The interactive style of instruction was fun and educational.”
– Tami Sutley, Business Analysis Certificate student

“...the courses provided a very good survey of BA concerns. I now know many more questions to ask.”
– Sean Drysdale, Business Analysis graduate

“The Business Analysis program helps me in providing the link between IT and business for my organization, enabling better communication and understanding between the two groups.”
– Joey Choi Yee Suen, Telus, Business Analysis graduate

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For information about this program:
cebusiness@mtroyal.ca
403.440.6636 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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