Important Changes to the Sheridan Business Analysis Certificate

CarbonNYC_NEW_ExclamationSheridan is happy announce some changes to the Business Analysis Certificate that improve the flexibility for students to customize the program to meet their career and learning objectives. 

Understanding the Changes

The old program consisted of six mandatory 42-hour courses.  The courses in the old program were:

  • MGMT70012 Business Analysis Introduction
  • MGMT79001 Fundamentals of Project Management
  • MGMT70014 Business Facilitation and Communication
  • MGMT70015 Business Process Modeling and Improvement
  • MGMT70013 Enterprise Analysis and Solutions Assessment Engagements
  • MGMT70016 Managing Requirements and Engagements (formerly Business Requirements Management)

The new program structure includes five compulsory 42-hour courses:

In addition, students must complete two 21-hour courses from the following list of electives:

This keeps the overall program length the same, while creating some options for students.

MGMT70013 Enterprise Analysis and Solutions Assessment Engagements is being discontinued.  Students who previously completed this course will be recognized and are not required to complete any 21-hour electives.  This course is also being offered one last time, through online delivery, in Spring 2014.

Reasoning for the Changes

In considering these changes, Sheridan sought input from industry and students.  Some of the factors that lead to these changes were:

  • Student feedback on MGMT70013 was that it was a “course divided” into two major topics.  Some students were interested in one topic but not the other.
  • We have a wide variety of student profiles and backgrounds in the program.  Offering elective courses allows student to focus on the skills that are most relevant to their goals.
  • We are making the program better aligned with trends in industry and at the IIBA (see more below)

New Courses

Each of the new courses is 21 hours, half the length of our existing courses.  To complete the certificate, students must complete two of the following:

MGMT70043 Software Testing – Available Spring 2014

Industry practice often sees Business Analysts involved with software testing.  This new course also is aligned with International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB).  Though arguably not “pure” business analysis, knowledge and skills related to software testing remain popular requirements on BA job descriptions.  Students interested in these positions will benefit from this course.

MGMT70044 Business Case Development – Available Spring 2014

The development of business cases through enterprise analysis allows Business Analysts to work with executive level stakeholders to help develop the organizations strategic plans.  Students wanting to move “beyond the project” will learn this important skillset for senior business analysts.

MGMT70045 Intro to Analytics and Big Data – Available Fall 2014

In the upcoming release of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, IIBA has recognized analytics and big data as one type of analysis that BAs can perform.  Students looking to join this growing industry trend can complement their BA fundamentals with this elective.

MGMT70046 Agile Methodologies – Available Fall 2014

Agile methodologies continue to grow in popularity.  Many projects that BAs are involved with operate in an Agile fashion.  Understanding how to work in this environment, and how to contribute value is important knowledge for any BA.

Spring Schedule

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