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Business Analyst Certificate Program

  1. 1. Business and Management Business Analyst Certificate Program Accelerate Your Career extension.uci.edu/ba
  2. 2. In today’s competitive business market, leaders are appointed based on credentials and experience. To stay ahead of the competition, advance your career and increase your earning potential, enroll in one of University of California, Improve Your Irvine Extension’s professional certificate Career Options programs. Convenient and affordable, UC Irvine Extension makes it easy to learn on with a Professional your own time, in your own way. Courses are designed to ensure you gain mastery Certificate of a particular topic, and instructors are highly qualified leaders in their professions. UC Irvine Extension is the only continuing education provider in Orange County that represents the University of California. A certificate bearing the UC seal signifies a well-known, uncompromising standard of academic excellence. Business Analyst Certificate Program Students learn to create common project definitions UC Irvine Extension, a charter member of the and requirements and assess an organization’s overall International Institute of Business Analysis, offers the business and information needs using the Business Business Analyst Certificate Program, the first of its Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®). The BABOK® kind in Orange County. The business analyst, serving reflects current practices, helping students to develop as the key liaison between business and information appropriate solution strategies, and serves as the basis technology departments, is responsible for gathering for the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) and documenting business requirements and translat- Certification. Coursework addresses the analyst’s role ing them into functional system design specifications from the perspectives of system integrators, project that can be successfully executed by IT development managers and end-user stakeholders. teams. This certificate program bridges the gap between business and IT by focusing on the core skills, techniques and practices required of an effective business analyst.
  3. 3. Who Should Enroll Program Fees The program is designed specifically for professionals The total cost of the program varies depending on who wish to enhance their business analysis whether or not you take the program online and on capabilities, as well as those who are seeking new which electives you choose. For budgeting purposes, opportunities in the field. It will benefit professionals you can use the following estimates. These figures are in both business function and information technology provided to help you budget your education. The actu- areas, including business analysts, software system al fees that you pay may be slightly different. Course architects, product marketers, product managers, QA fees may be changed at any time without prior notice. analysts, business systems planners, computer system officers, computer resource specialists, programmer TYPE OF EXPENSE CLASSROOM ONLINE analysts and other professionals who work on process Required Courses $3,323 $3,600 improvement projects. Elective Courses $665 $675 Certificate Candidacy Fee $125 $125 Certificate Requirements Books $500 $500 To receive the Business Analyst Certificate, you must Parking* $156 $0 compete all the required courses (12.5 units) and a minimum of 2.5 units of elective courses with a grade Total Estimated Cost $4,769 $4,900 of “C” or better in each course. Students must submit *$34 per quarter for evening parking privileges an Application for Candidacy form before completing their third course in the program. All requirements must IIBA Orange Chapter members may receive a be completed within five (5) years after the student 10% discount. For more information visit www.oc- enrolls in his/her first course. ca.theiiba.org. Program Benefits On-Site Training Gain a comprehensive overview of the business Bring this program to your workplace. Through analyst's role and functions as they relate to the Corporate Training, we can deliver this program or development of IT solutions. customize one that fits your company’s specific needs. Visit extension.uci.edu/corporate or call (949) 824-1847 Identify business needs and the costs and benefits for information. of implementing a technical solution. Formulate business specifications from which technical solutions can be developed and implemented. Bridge the gap between business and IT through creation of common project definitions and For more information: requirements. Become a highly competent business analyst. Donna Dang (949) 824-4630 donna.dang@uci.edu extension.uci.edu/ba
  4. 4. Curriculum Required Courses Testing, Verification and Validation MGMT X481.6 (2 units) Fundamentals of Business Analysis This course focuses on testing, test plans and on differentiating MGMT X481. 1 (2.5 units) the roles of verification and validation in achieving quality. For new business analysts or supervisors of business analysts: Verification and validation are the backbone of test plans. get a basic understanding of the functions and business Tasks include: reviews, inspections, testing, defect reporting, impact of this role. Focus on business analysis functions as and user acceptance testing. Participants develop a test they relate to the development of information technology plan and write and review test cases at the business level. solutions and the business analysis project life cycle. Course Prerequisites: Experience working in a business environment; topics include the role of the business analyst, gathering and experience working with Windows-based office applications documenting user requirements, modeling the business, busi- is preferable. ness case analysis, process modeling, quality management and testing. Business Analysis Planning and Project Management Elective Courses (formerly titled Requirements Planning and Project Overview of Information Technologies for Business Management for Business Analysts) Analysts MGMT X481.2 (2.5 units) MGMT X481.5 (2 units) Project management is the most effective method of delivering Most organizations are looking to automate business processes products within cost, schedule, and resource constraints. Get by implementing IT solutions. One role of the business analyst these skills while giving the customer the product they expect. is to work with management and IT to develop these solutions. Gain a strong knowledge of project management basics and Consequently, business analysts must have a thorough under- immediately use that knowledge to manage work projects. standing of what the technology does and what kinds of Plan for and deliver timely communication to manage multiple problems it solves. Get an overview including: fundamental stakeholders, prioritize projects, and allocate resources using computer concepts, networks and communications, operating the theory of constraints. Select the most effective strategies systems, relational databases, the Internet, software program- and responses regardless of project size. ming concepts, and evaluating commercially available software solutions. Requirements Elicitation and Analysis (formerly Requirements Gathering, Analysis, and Documentation) Management Leadership and Team Building MGMT X481.3 (3 units) in the Project and Program Environment This course focuses on the analysis and documentation of MGMT X474.9 (3 units) requirements and the role of the business analyst. Topics The success of projects is dependent upon people and how include: capturing requirements in a business requirements effectively they work and communicate with one another. You document; project vision and scope; identifying users; types will reflect upon your role as a manager/leader within a project of requirements; elicitation techniques (context diagram, management framework. Explore concepts of human behavior, concept of operations, etc); structuring end user requirements; motivation, problem solving, decision-making, influence, and documenting user requirements. conflict management, and organization structure. Build skills in recognizing and managing project stakeholders, communi- Communicating Technical Requirements cations, team development, and working with virtual team MGMT X481.4 (2.5 units) members, via presentations, case studies, readings, essays, The business analyst’s role requires additional skills and and discussions. Prerequisite: Mgmt X442.28 expertise in communicating technical concepts to others from different professional groups, hierarchical positions, or internal Problem Solving and Decision Making departments. Topics include: advocating ideas upward MGMT X493.9 (2.5 units) through more effective issue analysis and argument selection; Get a conceptual framework to approaching problem-solving creating compelling briefings and technical presentations; and decision-making situations with clarity and confidence. organizing thoughts and ideas for effective technical presenta- Gain competence in making effective decisions based on the tions; getting people to feel urgency and make decisions, and accurate assessment of a problem and preparing creative separating a real opportunity from a resource drain. Course alternative solutions. Learn how to use analysis, synthesis, includes role-plays, activities and interactive discussions. and positive inquiry to approach individual and organizational problems, develop and evaluate objectives, and assess likely consequences. Using case studies and on-the-job situations encountered by the class, explore successful models and proven methods that are readily transferable on-the-job. For class schedule: extension.uci.edu/ba
  5. 5. Introduction to Unified Modeling Language Agile Methods and Practices I&CSCI X471.71 (3 units) I&CSCI X494.79 (3 units) Learn how to use the Unified Modeling Language (UML), an Learn how to use Agile principles and methods of development important aid to software development with an object-oriented and project management to promote team work, accountability, programming language. This course, of interest to managers and best practices to deliver quality software that is aligned and QA engineers, as well as to students and users of object- with customer needs and your company’s goals. The course is oriented languages such as C++ and Java, focuses on the use of interest to developers, project managers, business analysts, of UML to specify, visualize, construct, and document the arti- QA engineers and product managers, as well as all managers facts of software systems and business models. The ability to involved in the software development process. The ability to work with UML is especially important for individuals responsi- incorporate Agile processes and methods is important in ble for the analysis and design of object-oriented systems. driving faster value of development effort as measured by Students learn the fundamental concepts of UML (based on working code. Students will learn the motivation behind the the work of Booch, Jacobson, and Rumbaugh) and how the Agile movement as well as its methods such as Extreme UML notation is used to represent systems. Students also Programming and Scrum. Students also have an opportunity have an opportunity to apply what they learn in a series of to apply what they learn in a series of forum discussions and exercises using a graphical design tool. Topics in this course shared experiences. Methods in this course include, Extreme include use-case diagrams, sequence diagrams, class dia- Programming (XP), Scrum, DSDM and Feature Driven grams, collaboration diagrams, statechart diagrams, activity Development. Practices covered in the course include, Test diagrams, and implementation diagrams. This course serves Driven Development, Behavior Driven Development and Pair as excellent preparation for further study in object-oriented Programming. This course serves as excellent preparation analysis, design, and programming. Prerequisites: Course for further detail study in Agile methods and practices. work or experience using an object-oriented programming Prerequisites: Course work or experience with software language. development methodologies. Managing Business Process Improvement Projects Agile Development - Best Practice Industry Standards MGMT X474.10 (2.5 units) I&CSCI X494.78 (1.5 units) Learn how the structured approach of business process This class provides a hands-on deep dive into Agile develop- improvement (BPI) can be performed at all levels in an organi- ment based on proven industry practices and real-world zation. Through a series of training activities, you will learn experience. Learn how to define Agile development and Lean how to select, design, sell, implement, and institutionalize the project management practices targeted to eliminate waste and changes necessary for effective BPI. Determine the process improve development efficiency. Gain hands-on experience flow of a project, evaluate ineffective use of time, and change with Agile methodologies and discuss pragmatic approaches the process for improved effectiveness. In addition, collaborate to adopt them in your work projects. Gain detailed knowledge on a class project that will allow for application of techniques on Scrum, user stories, iterative and test-driven development, to an organization’s processes and procedures. estimating and planning agile projects, efficient stakeholder engagement, test-automation, continuous integration, and Technical Writing for Business Professionals meaningful reflection. Discuss the business rationale for trans- ENGLISH X446.7 (3 units) forming your development organization and define pragmatic This course provides instruction in the theory and practice of steps to incorporate these methods efficiently into your team’s professional writing in business and industry. The course activities. See how roles and responsibilities change while provides a comprehensive definition of technical writing, and projects pick up speed and deliver predictably higher quality covers the writer’s role in corporate and institutional struc- results on time. The target groups for this course are developers, tures, audience analysis, the publication process, document testers, development and QA managers, project managers, design, and the problems of standards, styles, and format in product managers and business analysts. technical publications, such as manuals, style guidelines, pro- posals, and reports, presentations and websites.
  6. 6. Advisory Committee Allan Elder, President, Numen Consulting, Inc. Bobby Ho, Senior Analyst, Ricoh Electronics, Inc. Slavko Jovanovic, Director of Analysis and Design, IBASEt Patti Lassen, Application Solutions Systems Engineer, Expert Experian Anne Nuttall, Senior Program Manager, Global, Ingram Micro Susy Yap Ongko, Business Analyst, First American Marty Wartenberg, Consultant Paul Wartenberg, President, Infotech Business Solutions Business Analyst Certificate Program extension.uci.edu/ba (949) 824-5414

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