Business Analysis Program Overview - 2021/2022
A business analyst drives change within organizations; they maintain a vibrant and dynamic skill set in today’s fast-paced world.
The one-year Business Analysis post-grad program is aligned with the BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) and is endorsed by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). Graduates of our program prequalify for the Professional Development (PD) requirement of the IIBA ECBA™, CCBA® and CBAP® certification examinations which are recognized in over 40 countries. This program provides you with the opportunity to practice as a Business Analyst and learn how to lead and drive complex changes by defining requirements and solutions, with insufficient information and time, that deliver value to stakeholders to meet the strategic, tactical and financial goals of an organization.
Upon graduation from this graduate certificate program, you’ll be prepared for jobs within the health care, telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, education, IT networking and software industries including:
- Business Analyst
- Business Consultant
- Business Planning Analyst
- Business Intelligence and Analytics Manager
- Data Analyst
- Project Manager
Enhance your career with the Business Analysis program:
- Learn specialized skills in business intelligence, business architecture and strategy
- Gain paid, real-world experience as a business analyst with a mandatory co-op work term
- Graduate from this BABOK aligned program prepared to pursue a number of IIBA certifications including ECBA™, CCBA® and CBAP®
- Complete an additional graduate certificate, if you choose to, in Project Management due to common courses between the two programs
Business Analysis program progressions:
Fall (September) start:
|Start Level 1||Level 2||Co-op|
Winter (January) start:
|Start Level 1||Level 2||Co-op|
Summer (May) start:
|Start Level 1||Level 2||Co-op|
This program has helped me develop both the skills and confidence needed to analyze complex business problems and implement solutions. The professors guided us through practical assignments and provided valuable examples. Also, the co-op is a great opportunity to start your career as a business analyst.
Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
(Note: minimum 'C+' average or cumulative 2.5 GPA)
Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College*
Five years of work experience in the human resources field as judged by the College to be equivalent*
- *Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
It is highly recommended that students be proficient in the following areas before entry into the program:
- Business Communication
- Computer applications, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
|MGMT-6118||Bus Analysis in the Agile Organization||3|
|The Agile organization embraces constant change. Business analysis in an Agile environment requires techniques and tactics designed to deliver work products often at the last possible moment of responsibility to deliver value to the Agile team. This course will focus on key principles, practices, and processes for business analysis within the Agile environment. Topics will include: Roles in the Agile Environment, Self-Organized Teams, Product Roadmaps, Metrics, Risk, and Evaluation. The Agile environment will be viewed from the Scrum and Kanban approaches with an emphasis on evaluating organizational process effectiveness. Students will actively perform roles within for approaches through participation in business case simulations. organizational capabilities, and stakeholder requirements.|
|Business architecture is the process of aligning strategic objectives and tactical requirements through a universal understanding of an organizational blueprint. At a foundational level, all aspects of an enterprise's capabilities, organizational structure, information, and value streams are connected with internal and external stakeholders covering the entire business scope. Topics in this course will include: Business Architecture Blueprints, Model Frameworks, Performance Management, Scenario Analysis, Mapping, and IT Architecture Alignment. Case studies and industry reference models are used to illustrate the key concepts and methodologies for the modern business architect.|
|MGMT-6120||Business Case Development||4|
|Business Case Development is a capstone course intended for students studying the Business Analysis Certificate to synthesize their knowledge and experience from the program. This course provides an opportunity for students to develop a business case for enterprise change from planning through solution stages. Students will present their business cases for peer review and discussion.|
|Business analysts facilitate the identification, reconstruction, enrichment, and integration of internal and external data into value-added resources for organizational process and operational improvement in support of business strategy. Business Intelligence uses a data-centric approach to organizational modelling for process improvement. Data warehousing, data modeling, and user interface will be explored in the context of providing accurate, organized, and efficient Decision Support Systems for business analysts and organizational stakeholders. Database management systems, predictive analytics, and dashboards will be presented as tools for transforming and delivering business intelligence. Using a case study, students will construct a business intelligence plan using data and business analysis methodologies.|
|MGMT-6122||Business Process Management||3|
|Business Process Management (BPM) is the business analysis discipline of identifying, analyzing, and improving business processes. This course uses the Lean Six Sigma approach to BPM and covers topics specified in the Universally Accepted Lean Six Sigma Body of Knowledge as developed by the International Association for Six Sigma Certification. Upon completion of this course, students will have covered the material required to write the IASSC Certified Green Belt Certification Exam. Business process improvement will be followed through the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control phases and students will be required to apply Lean Six Sigma techniques to business case scenarios.|
|This course will introduce the concepts and functions central to the discipline of business analysis following the International Institute of Business Analysis BABOK. Areas to be covered include: Planning and Monitoring, Elicitation and Collaboration, Life Cycle Management, Strategy Analysis, Requirements Analysis and Design Definition, and Solution Evaluation. Case studies will be used to allow exploration of the topics presented to be viewed in an organizational context.|
|MGMT-6124||Methods for Business Analysis||3|
|A survey of techniques for organizational analysis based on the International Institute of Business Analysis BABOK will be presented using individual and collaborate approaches to case analysis. Topics include quantitative and qualitative methods for Planning, Elicitation, Collaboration, Internal and External Stakeholder Management, Data Analysis, Regulatory Management, Strategy and Requirements Analysis, and Solution Evaluation. After completing this course, students will be able to select and apply methods of business analysis within the enterprise context.|
|MGMT-6125||Perspectives for Business Analysis||3|
|Business analysts tailor their approach to enterprise analysis using a perspective that aligns with current and desired organizational structure, business processes, and task requirements. While not exclusive, diverse perspectives for business analysis improve efficiency and effectiveness from the planning through solution stages benefitting from a requirements tailored approach. Business analysts often operate from a hybrid perspective combining aspects of various approaches to optimize the analysis process and deliverables. This course will present business analysis from the Business Process Management, Business Architecture, Business Intelligence, Agile, and Information Technology perspective. Students will identify and recommend approaches for individual and enterprise wide project analysis based on achieving optimal alignment of strategy, organizational capabilities, and stakeholder requirements.|
|MGMT-6126||Solution Analysis & Management||3|
|Business analysts present solutions facilitating process migration from current to future states. During the implementation phase, solution performance is measured, analyzed, and optimized to maximize solution value. Techniques and procedures will be introduced and used to evaluate case based solutions in both individual and team contexts. Students will report on solution performance, assess solution and enterprise limitations, and provide recommendations for improving solution value based on solution implementation case scenarios.|
|MGMT-6127||Strategy & Requirements Analysis||3|
|This course provides a framework for students to expand their knowledge of business analysis techniques for enterprise strategic and project requirements. Topics will include: Current and Future State Analysis, Requirements Specification, Verification, Validation, Design Requirements, Change Strategy, Risk Assessment, and Potential Value Analysis. Students will develop a plan to migrate a set of enterprise processes from current to future state, aligning overall corporate strategy with individual stakeholder requirements. The migration plan will be presented for peer review.|
|COMM-6019||Advanced Professional Communication||3|
|This course focuses on refining and advancing students workplace communication abilities. The advanced communication documents and strategies covered include presentation skills, research skills, business document writing, meeting and management team strategies, business etiquette, and advanced employment communications. Additionally, students learn about interpersonal and intercultural communication (high/low and monochromic/polychromic context) concepts and strategies.|
|MGMT-6128||Project Mgmt for Business Analysts||3|
|Business analysts engage organizational stakeholders to identify, develop, oversee execution, and review project outcomes. Collaborating with project managers, and often being called upon to manage projects, requires an understanding of the fundamental processes and techniques of project management. This course provides a survey of the project management function from the perspective of business analysis. Topics to be discussed include: Strategy and Project Selection, Structure and Culture, Project Definition, Time and Cost Estimation, Risk Management, Leadership, Managing Teams, Outsourcing, and Closure. Students will apply the techniques introduced in this course to map a project using software tools and conduct peer review of potential performance and outcomes.|
|COOP-1020||Co-operative Education Employment Prep||1|
|This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.|
Careers - 2021/2022
Career OpportunitiesStudents may find opportunities as business analysts, business analytics and project management within a variety of organizations including health care, telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, education, IT networking and software industries.
More Information - 2021/2022
A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
A Co-operative Education Program
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactLawrence Kinlin School of Business: 519-452-4290
Technical requirements to consider
Students are required to use the following Operating Systems: Windows 7 (or newer) or Mac (Mojave 10.14 or newer) Alternative operating systems, such as Android, are not compatible with program requirements.
Program DescriptionBusiness analysts drive change within organizations; they maintain a vibrant and dynamic skill set in today's fast paced world. This one-year (3 term) graduate certificate program is designed for university and college graduates looking for a career as a business analyst within large organizations and is closely aligned with the role of a project manager. Learning within the program is focused on the gathering, comprehension and management of project requirements to meet the strategic, tactical and financial goals of an organization. A mandatory co-op in term 3 offers students the opportunity to apply their skills as a business analyst within a variety of organizations.
Students may be eligible for advanced standing in a number of courses associated with the Project Management (PRJ1) Ontario Graduate Certificate program at Fanshawe College. Students should speak directly with the program coordinator for further information.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Develop new or improved innovative business processes from gap analysis through process design in support of a company’s strategic objectives in a socially responsible manner;
- Develop and document business processes and business models according to established timelines and project goals in order to successfully execute the project;
- Plan, manage, and facilitate requirements gathering activities to define, manage, and implement the product or process;
- Develop strategies to bridge gaps between requirements and existing systems in accordance with standard business practices;
- Accurately communicate technical and business information to all stakeholders to ensure clear understanding of system requirements;
- Collaborate and network with stakeholders in an ethical manner to evaluate and align business processes and business models with the strategic objectives of the organization Curriculum.
Program PathwaysFor information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.