Business Analysis Practice - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Print Only
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (20-30%) , Assignment 2 - Group (30-40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 3,490.00
International 3,740.00

This unit aims to build an appreciation of the complex business context in which business analysts operate, and to develop the knowledge and skills required to manage in such contexts. In particular, this involves developing skills and understanding of the challenges of working with multiple stakeholder groups (often involving large numbers of people), working in mutli-disciplinary teams, and through leadership and facilitation, help evolve an understanding of the nature of the problem, the desired future state and how that future state might be achieved.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of the key aspects and characteristics to facilitate and lead individuals and groups towards an improved understanding of the challenges and the desired future states for the business
  2. Critically evaluate the role of the business analyst in communicating, managing and building readiness for IT-enabled change
  3. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team and use advanced tools and practices in project work
  4. Apply IT fundamentals to the analysis, design and operation of a business model using appropriate IT methods and tools in a variety of contexts
  5. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with some independence.
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (20-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (30-40%)
  • Presentation — Individual & Group (10-20%)
  • Test — Individual (20-40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

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Mandatory co-requisites

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Interviewing skills
2Focus groups for requirements elicitation
3Facilitation skills, especially in rapid and agile systems development contexts
4Developing and interpreting surveys for requirements elicitation
5Influencing and Negotiation skills
6Initiate and manage RAD and JAD sessions
7Managing stakeholder expectations
8Alignment of proposed solutions with business strategies & goals, and enterprise architecture
9Managing the change associated with IT implementations
10BA professional practice - understanding relationships and ethical standards critical to the practice of BA
11Business analysis communication planning
12User experience design
13Design thinking and decision thinking in the context of business analysis
14Business Analysts as Boundary Practitioners
15Communication in the context of Business Analysis

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