Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject 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 analysing, communicating, managing and building readiness for Information Technology (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
     
  4. Apply business analysis fundamentals to the analysis, and design of business problems and opportunities using appropriate 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
     
  • Topics

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

Entry Requirements

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

SWI-INF80028-Business Process Management
and
SWI-INF80014-Contemporary Issues in Business Analysis

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

SWI-INF80001-Advanced Business Analysis

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 multi-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.

  • Individual (20-40%)
  • Individual (30-40%)
  • Group (30-40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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postgraduate SWI-ITP-MAS-2018

Master of Business Information Systems

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