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.  Continue reading

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

Check out THIS BLOG to see which courses are being offered at your favorite campus!

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Spring 2014 Registration Now Open!

Spring 2014 Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for Spring 2014 class in the Business Analysis Certificate program. This term includes offerings for two new electives! Here is a breakdown of our offerings by campus:

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Course Trafalgar Oakville Davis Brampton HMC Mississauga Online
MGMT70012 Business Analysis Introduction SAT 8:30am-12:00pm MON 6:30pm-10:00pm Ontario Learn
MGMT79001 Fundamentals of Project Management SAT 8:30am-12:00pm OR WED 7:00pm-10:00pm SAT 8:30am-12:00pm OR TUE 6:30pm-10:00pm MON 6:30pm-10:00pm OR THU 7:00pm-10:00pm SLATE
MGMT70014 Business Facilitation and Communication WED 7:00pm-10:00pm Ontario Learn
MGMT70015 Business Process Modeling and Improvement THU 7:00pm-10:00pm Ontario Learn
MGMT70016 Managing Requirements and Engagements THU 7:00pm-10:00pm Ontario Learn
MGMT70013 Enterprise Analysis and Solutions Assessment Engagements Ontario Learn
NEW! MGMT70043 Software Testing (7 weeks) THU 7:00pm-10:00pm Ontario Learn
NEW! MGMT70044 Business Case Development (7 weeks) THU 7:00pm-10:00pm Ontario Learn

Have you already completed some of the courses in the certificate? Register now and secure your spot for the spring term:

Current Offerings - Large

Are you new to the program? Learn more about the program structure and how it can help you to reach your goals:

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The Power of Negotation – HalTech Event

HaltechRICLogo.pngSuccessful people don’t take no for an answer!  Learn how to get what you want with KARASS Negotiation. Join HalTech and KARRASS to learn the skills you need to negotiate successfully. Registration includes: Continue reading

  • face to face time with negotiation experts
  • a hardcover book and course workbook
  • the KARRASS Compass
  • a set of 6 informational CDs

Remember that HalTech clients can access this $600 opportunity for only $99–contact us for your discount code.

Non-clients and service providers can register through HalTech for only $399.

Hurry, spaces are limited.


Thursday February 27, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST


Ron Joyce Centre

4350 South Service Road
Burlington, ON L7L 5R8
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Enemy at the Gate (Cyber Security) – Silicon Halton Event

Silicon HaltonSecurity is a topic we have not yet specifically covered in a meetup. ISC2 categorizes security into 10 security domains:

  • Access Control Systems and Methodology
  • Telecommunications and Network Security
  • Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning (Meetup #35)
  • Security Management Practices
  • Security Architecture and Models
  • Law, Investigation, and Ethics
  • Application and Systems Development
  • Security Cryptography
  • Computer Operations Security
  • Physical Security

Join us in March as we have two security experts address your cyber security concerns and questions. Continue reading

In March we’re having our Meetup on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, instead of the usual 2nd Tuesday of the month. The 2nd Tuesday in March is March Break, we we’re avoiding that week.

About the Presenters

Paul LewisPaul Lewis, Managing Director at Ethtelligent Consulting Inc., CISSP, CIPP/C CIPP/IT is an acknowledged expert in Canadian, US, and European security and privacy, and a frequent conference speaker on topical issues; he has more than 20 years international consulting experience. Paul is managing director and lead consultant of Ethtelligent Consulting Inc. which provides security and privacy advice to a wide range of clients, from small business to large enterprises, and to government and healthcare organizations. [Web] [LinkedIn]


Genaro LirianoGenaro Liriano, Senior Security Specialist, Teranet Inc. Genero is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an Enterprise & Web Security Certified Professional (EWSCP) with 19+ years experience in Information Technology and 9 years in IT Security field. He specializes on PKI and access control, end point security, employees awareness training and Penetration Testing. [LinkedIn]



Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Cyber Security
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals
Meetup Track: Business Optimization
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 7pm
LocationO’Finn’s Irish Temper, The Whiskey Lounge. 136 Church St. Oakville, ON. Map.

How much it costs: Nothing but your time.

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The Business Analyst and Project Recovery – IIBA Toronto Event

This power session covers three elements related to project troubleshooting and recovery:

(1) providing an introduction to project recovery and an overview of recovery activities,
(2) introducing concepts related to problem prevention, and
(3) outlining benefits Business Analysts (BAs) can deliver and the key role BAs can assume in “doing the right things” as part of the prevention and recovery efforts. Continue reading

Concepts related to managing stakeholder expectations, risk and quality management and proper definition of success will be discussed in context as they pertain to BAs.

This session is delivered in association with Global Knowledge and is based on content from Global Knowledge’s Project Troubleshooting and Recovery Course, as well as on concepts introduced in the book Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success (2013) by Ori Schibi.

Speaker – Ori Schibi

Ori Schibi, author of Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success is President of PM Konnectors ( – an innovative consulting firm with services ranging from facilitation, workshops, and professional development, to PMO revitalizations, Lean-driven process efficiencies, cost-of-quality analysis, project management and business analysis skills assessment, project recoveries, business analysis and team-contract development.

Ori is a thought-leader and subject matter expert who has been delivering value and innovation to clients for over 23 years. His diverse international, cross-industry experience and high energy, combined with strong leadership skills, have resulted in a strong track record of achieving outstanding results and exceeding customer satisfaction.

Large to mid-sized organizations in diverse industries and government agencies around the world have benefited from Ori’s innovative approach, including leading telecoms, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, governments and most recently – Teva, ConAgra Foods, JP Morgan, PwC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

This published author and speaker is a certified PRINCE2® (Practitioner) and Project Management Professional (PMP®), with an MBA from the prestigious Schulich School of Business at York University.

Event Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Registration & Networking: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Event: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Yorkville Bloor Marriott

Address: 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON

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N2K Marketing – Website Optimization for your Business – HalTech Event

HalTech’s N2K (Need to Know) Marketing presents: New Year, New Website.

Does your website look like it was developed in 2001? Was it actually developed in 2001? A lot has changed and you need to keep up with the times to keep customers coming back and bring in new ones. Continue reading


Join Chris Hokansson of One Red Bird and Simon Cooper from Hybrid Digital as they take your website from blah to rah rah!  This N2K session will help you identify:


  • if your site is hurting your business
  • what can be done to update or perform a complete overhaul
  • how to maximize your customers’ experience on the site



Friday February 14, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST


Sheridan College – Sheldon Levy Building

1430 Trafalgar Road

J114 – SPARK Boardroom

Oakville, ON L6H 2L1

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Ovais Shah – Instructor

Ovais ShahOvais is a results-oriented Business and IT professional with several years of progressive experience. He has worked in Agile and Waterfall SDLC environments. In his past engagements, Ovais has helped organizations transition to agile methodologies and establish best practices for business analysis, business case development, vendor selection, solution assessment and validation and project selection and management. His most recent project focuses on the planning and development of a Business Analysis Center of Excellence (B.A.C.O.E). Continue reading

Ovais uses his creative problem solving skills and in-depth knowledge of Stakeholder Management,  IT, Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Business Intelligence, Systems Analysis and Design and Enterprise Analysis to arrive at creative and innovative solutions to complex problems.

He brings a diverse balance of technology and business experience to share with his students. Whether in the classroom or in public, he emphasizes a  pragmatic problem based learning approach. Ovais believes that students learn best through solving problems and issues facing today’s businesses. He encourages and works with his students to facilitate originality, creativity and experiential learning paradigms.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Ovais is heavily involved in non-profit and social advocacy work. He also loves the outdoors and likes to camp, hike and ski.
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Employment Opportunity – Business Analyst (ITSM/ITIL/Lean IT)

indexThe primary purpose of the Business Analyst (ITSM/ITIL/Lean IT) Analyst role is to elicit and manage all requirements for an enterprise IT Service Management (ITSM) system for The Co-operators Group of companies. Includes performing testing and Quality Assurance (QA) actitvities to ensure ITSM system meets the needs of stakeholders. Additional duties include documenting current and future IT Service Management processes and procedures performed in the various in-scope business and IT units of The Co-operators’ Group of insurance companies. The successful candidate will also support the IT Service Management Program and Practices team with process, quality and efficiency improvement initiatives throughout the organization. Continue reading

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Silicon Halton Event – Workshop Day @ Burlington HiVE

Silicon HaltonThe March 26, 2014 Silicon Halton Day will include nine 45min workshops.  Workshops will run from 1pm until 4pm.  Workshops will be posted as they become arranged. Continue reading

1pm – 1:45pm | Workshop 1 | Workshop 2 | Workshop 3
2pm – 2:45pm | Workshop 4 | Workshop 5 | Workshop 6
3pm – 3:45pm | Workshop 7 | Workshop 8 | Workshop 9

Interested in presenting? Contact Rick Stomphorst with your idea or share your ideas here (members).

Join fellow members at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the coworking space in Downtown Burlington, the Burlington HiVE.

Our ideas are products of our environment. They are influenced by the conversations around us.
– Clive Thompson, Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine

If you’ve experienced the favourable collisions that regularly occur during the short span of a Silicon Halton meetup, imagine the possibilities during a full day? Collisions are the probable introductions to other local tech businesses or professionals or ancillary tech services. These collisions routinely produce economic and/or professional growth. Can you afford not to come?

Come prepared to do your work. This is not an 8 hour business networking event.  Other than some members meeting for a Peer2Peer group meeting at 8:30am and the optional workshops, there are no other planned structured activities during the day.

The time you spend at The HiVE is your decision. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for the Lunch & Learn, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work.

When: Wedneday March 26, 2014. Open from 8am – 6pm

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members. Must pre-register, here.

Location: Burlington HiVE, Downtown Burlington. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: here (you can also register at the door)

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IIBA Toronto Event – The Business Analyst Toolkit – What To Know About Modeling

IIBAWhat modelling techniques should you add to your toolkit? And how will you choose which one to use on your current project?

We will discuss and compare the most important modelling techniques used by BAs. We will see the history of models used during the past 60 years. For each model, we will answer three questions: what reality does it represent? what questions does it answer? and what notation does it use? Continue reading

A discussion about how to use models, and the strengths and weaknesses of each type of model, will equip the participants to select the right model for each situation.

Speaker – Gerry De Koning

Gerry de Koning is a management consultant with de Koning Associates Inc., specializing in assessing software development organizations and helping them to reach consensus on best practices to implement. He has helped organizations in Canada, USA and Europe.

Working closely with Global Knowledge, Gerry has trained countless students in Business Analysis since 2000. He has been teaching and creating courses for over 35 years. Students rate Gerry highly and often hope he will teach their future courses.

Educated at York University and the University of Toronto, he has been a member of the IIBA for over 10 years. Gerry is passionate about modelling as a way to help us think clearly and communicate effectively.

Event Date: THURSDAY, January 23, 2014

Event Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Networking: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  –  Come early and network before the event starts.

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