Business analysis courses are taken by students interested in working with clients and companies to meet their unique business needs. Certificate programs typically require students to take four to ten courses, including electives, and can often be completed in less than a year. Courses are offered through college and university continuing education and professional development departments.
Common concepts learned in these courses are:
- Learning the roles of business analysts in the workplace
- Understanding organizational needs
- Fundamental theories behind business analysis
- Optimization of project investments
- Assess and solve business related problems
List of Common Courses
Business Analysis Fundamentals Course
As an introduction to the field, a business analysis fundamentals course focuses on the role of analysts and their impact a client or company. Primarily, this course gives students an overview of the profession by covering specific duties a business analyst might have. These tasks may include solving business problems through the use of common frameworks and techniques, testing the success of the solutions and verifying the results.
Project Planning and Management Course
A project planning and management course educates students on effective project management strategies and common frameworks through the use of case studies. Topics include identifying stakeholders and managing their expectations, determining the project's scope, cost, and necessary resources, methods of planning, prioritizing and executing the project and focusing on a quality deliverable.
Requirement Gathering Course
This course teaches students effective techniques for gathering and documenting user requirements including brainstorming, focus groups, interviews, surveys and more. Finally, students gain hands-on experience creating business requirement documents.
Developing and Meeting Business Requirements Course
This course teaches students to analyze collected data and develop a solution that will meet stakeholder expectations. When a solution package is complete, testing and assessment will begin.
Solution Assessment Course
The final step in the analysis process is to test and validate the proposed solutions in order to assure a quality outcome. In this class, students gain hands-on experience creating tests to verify that solutions meet user requirements and that desire results are achieved after the solutions have been put in place.