Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

About Course

This certificate covers the range of concepts, approaches and techniques that are applicable to Business Analysis. It provides a foundation for the Institute’s range of specialist modular certificates in the areas of Business Analysis, IS Consultancy and Business Change. In addition, it provides foundation-level Business Analysis knowledge for specialists in other disciplines, particularly Project Managers and System Developer

What are the learning outcomes?
Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business analysis principles and techniques. Key areas are:
the role and competencies of a business analyst
strategy analysis
business system and business process modelling
stakeholder analysis
investigation and modelling techniques
requirements engineering
business case development
management of business change

Who is it aimed at?
The certificate is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Business Analysis including business analysts, business managers and their staff, business change managers and project managers.
Entry Requirements:
There are no specific pre-requisites for entry to the examination, The syllabus is based on the publication Business Analysis, 2nd edition, and it is recommended that this text is studied by those preparing to take this examination.
It is also recommended that all candidates attend a training course run by Spectramind.

Structure of the Exam
The examination consists of a one hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions.
It will be a 'closed book' examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room.
The pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40).

1. What is Business Analysis (2.5%)
1.1 The origins of business analysis
1.2 The development of business analysis
1.3 The scope of business analysis work
1.4 Business analysis
1.5 Taking an holistic approach
1.6 The role and responsibilities of a business analyst
2. The Competencies of a Business Analyst (2.5%)
2.1 Behavioural skills and personal qualities
2.2 Business knowledge
2.3 Techniques
2.4 The development of competencies
3. Strategy Analysis (7.5%)
3.1 The context for strategy
3.2 The definition of strategy (Johnson and Scholes, 2001)
3.3 Strategy development
3.4 External environment analysis
3.5 Internal environment analysis
3.6 SWOT analysis
3.7 Implementing strategy
4. The Business Analysis Process Model (5%)
4.1 An approach to problem-solving
4.2 Stages of the business analysis process model
4.3 Objectives of the process model stages
4.4 Procedure for each process model stage
4.5 Techniques used within each process model stage
5. Investigation techniques (15%)
5.1 Interviews
5.2 Observation
5.3 Workshops
5.4 Scenarios
5.5 Prototyping
5.6 Quantitative approaches
5.7 Documenting the current business situation
6.Stakeholder Analysis and Management (5%)
6.1 Definition of a stakeholder
6.2 Stakeholder categories and identification
6.3 Analysing stakeholders
6.4 Stakeholder management strategies
6.5 Managing stakeholders
7. Modelling Business Systems (10%)
7.1 Soft systems methodology
7.2 Business perspectives
7.3 Business activity models
7.4 Business events
7.5 Business rules
7.6 Critical success factors and key performance indicators
7.7 Use of the business activity model in gap analysis
8. Modelling Business Processes (10%)
8.1 Organisational context
8.2 An alternative view of an organisation
8.3 The organisational view of business processes
8.4 Value propositions and value chain
8.5 Business process models
8.6 Analysing the as-is business process model
8.7 Improving business processes (to-be business process)
9. Gathering the Requirements (7.5%)
9.1 The problems with requirements
9.2 A process for requirements engineering
9.3 Actors in requirements engineering
9.4 Requirements elicitation
9.5 Building the requirements list
9.6 Requirements analysis
9.7 Validating requirements
10.1 The requirements document
10.2 The requirements catalogue
10.3 Managing requirements
11.1 Modelling system functions
11.2 Modelling system data
12. Delivering the Requirements (5%)
12.1 Delivering the solution
12.2 Context for the delivery approach
12.3 Delivery lifecycles
13. MakingaBusinessandFinancialCase(10%)
13.1 The business case in the project lifecycle
13.2 Identifying options
13.3 Assessing project feasibility
13.4 Structure of a business case
13.5 Investment appraisal
13.6 Presentation of a business case
13.7 Benefits realisation approach
14. Implementing business change(5%)
14.1 Introducing a new business system
14.2 The environment for change

Exam Fees
Public Examinations cost: 12000 INR
Training Fee:15000 INR 


Day Am AM PM PM Evening
1 09:00 -10:30 Course Introduction , 1.What is Business Analysis, 2.The Competencies of a Business Analyst 10:45 -13:00 ,3.Strategy Analysis,The Business Analysis, 4.Process Model 13:45 -15:30 5.Investigation Techniques 15:45-18:00 5.Investigation Techniques, 6.Stakeholder Analysis and Management,Coaching Session Mock Examination Questions
2 09:00-11:10 Review Evening Assignment,7. Modelling Business Systems 11:25- 13:00 8.Modelling Business Processes 13:45 - 15:35 9.Gathering the Requirements , 10.Documenting and Managing Requirements 16:50 -18:00 11.Modelling Requirements Coaching Session Mock Examination Questions
3 09:00 - 10:50 Review Evening Assignment, 12.Delivering the Requirements, 13.Making a Business and Financial Case Part 1 11:05 -13:00 13.Making a Business and Financial Case Part 2, 14.Implementing Business Change 14:00 -14:45 Tutor Led Revision 15:00 - 17:00 Revision and Exam -

 Delivery Method

• Training is designed as Highly Illustrative, interactive and is covered with extensive practical experience.
• More emphasis on discussions and queries.
• Includes useful templates and infrastructures for implementing Project Management.
• Case study material, exercises and appropriate handouts for extra reading/knowledge will be provided.

 Training Takeaways

•  Requirements gathering / UML tools Software
•  Text book Business Analysis (2nd Edition) by Author: Debra Paul, Donald Yeates and James Cadle Publisher: BCS
• 200+Multiple choice questions for BCS FCBA Exam.   
• 10+ projects on requirement analysis and documentation
• Project specific templates,srs,brs,feasibility reports, RFI,RFQ ,CCB.
• Model BA interview Questions
• Books on UML - 1.UML distilled ,2.UML for IT BA ,3.UML weekend crash course 
• Books on Requirement Analysis - 1.Managing software requirements - a unified approach.
• Case study, Training Material, Hand outs for extra reading / knowledge
• Exposure to industry best practices on Business Analysis
• Understanding of the BA role as per the industry requirements
• Case Study to provide a simulation of the implementation of BA concepts
• Understanding the approach to answer Objective type Questions

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Vijay is a well-known Silicon Valley executive, who has spent the last 20 years experience in Business analysis, Project Management & Process Improvements at global companies.
Vijay is one of about 100 Certified Business analyst Professional Trainers worldwide,and First Certified Business analyst Professional in INDIA.
Prior to founding Spectramind Solutions,Vijay work for TCS in Senior management positions.Vijay was formerly working at TCS Global services he was part of the Business Analysis , requirement elicitation of various products and projects and Software Quality Assurance (SQA) team for driving the organizational processes and their compliance to CMMI Level 5.
Vijay is the co-author of The "Business Analyst Primer", one of the most widely read book for introduction to Business analysis.
Vijay has conducted numerous public and in-house trainings on Business analyst,Requirement engineering, Project Management, Work Breakdown Structure, Making Project Managers, Risk Management,Function point estimations, GreenIT, Ethical hacking,Digital forensics, Subcontractor Management, Quality Process preparations, Software Internal Auditor Training, Peer Reviews and Software Quality etc. His training feedbacks have consistently been rated high and have been positively received
Vijay trains and facilitates 21 Contact Hour Training Course and has trained over thousands of aspirants for the BA certification Contact program. He has successfully taught this course since the year 2005 with an excellent feedback.
Vijay is an honors Engineering graduate of Bangalore University,and MBA from Karnataka Open University.
Vijay is a resident of Hyderabad, India and travels to South East Asia , Australia, China,London, Singapore, Boston frequently to perform consulting and training assignments.

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