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Business Analysis

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Are you ready to take on the most challenging issues facing your organization? Are you a problem-solver who likes to look at the full scope of a project or initiative and figure out a strategy for success? If so, then the field of business analysis may be right for you. Through Drexel's hands-on, in-person training, you gain first-hand experience as a business analyst, learn relevant best practices and explore how to apply skills and techniques to your work. What you learn in the Business Analysis program is especially applicable to the in-demand fields of software development, process improvement, policy development and change management. Whether you're just getting started or want to refresh your skill set, these courses can help you take your career to the next level.

Drexel's Business Analysis courses are aligned with the goals of the Project Management Institute's Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® certification. By enrolling in these courses, you can prepare for the certification exam and earn the PDUs needed to maintain your status as Business Analysis pro. 

You can register for each course individually, or enroll in the full course bundle:

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Introduction to Business Analysis (BACE 7350)

Dates: Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Cost: $1100.00 

CEUs: 1.4 

PDUs: 14 

This is two-day introductory course is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. You will study the process as it is applied throughout a project—including the pre-project activities that comprise strategy analysis.

By the end of your time in the course, you will understand how a business analyst supports a project throughout the solution development life cycle, from establishing the solution vision and scope in the analysis phase to validating that requirements have been met in the testing phase. Furthermore, you understand why and when to involve the business analysis function. 

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Requirement Elicitation (BACE 7550)

Dates: Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, 2020,  8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Cost: $1100.00 

CEUs: 1.4 

PDUs: 14 

In this highly interactive two-day course, you will learn how to enhance and refine your elicitation skills. You explore industry best practices as well as professional tips and methods from expert faculty in the field. Working in small groups, you will practice new techniques and discuss strategies that can be used to better define stakeholder needs. A case study-driven workshop comprises more than half the course and provides a real-world example, templates and job aids to reference once you return back to the job. If you or your organization are struggling with missing requirements, lack of stakeholder involvement, out of control scope, or the inability to know which tools to apply to elicit the most thorough requirements, this course can help you succeed. 

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Requirements Analysis (Using Use Cases)

Dates: Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Cost: $1,100

CEUs: 1.6

PDUs: 16

This two-day course provides a strong foundation in the mechanics of use case diagramming and writing textual descriptions of use cases. Throughout the course, you learn how to enhance and refine your use case skills, how to involve stakeholders in the use case process, and how to develop use cases that provide a structure for scenario-based requirements—which are valuable to the designers and testers of products and software. Use cases that meet the needs of designers can be too technical and too detailed for other stakeholders.

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Unified Modeling Language (UML) for Business Analysts

Dates: Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Cost: $1,100

CEUs: 1.6

PDUs: 16

Gain advanced techniques to improve your expertise in using visual modeling for the purpose of graphically documenting requirements. The use of the UML notation will significantly improve the way that requirements are elicited, analyzed, documented and verified. This course is based upon the latest UML requirements of the Object Management Group (OMG)—the world's leading organization for technology standards. The curriculum is also focused on application in various commercial and government domains. Designed for practicing business analysts, you gain a practical, applied, and comprehensive understanding of using visual modeling techniques for capturing requirements. 

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Business Process Improvement (BPI) for Business Analysts

Dates: Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Cost: $1,100

CEUs: 1.6

PDUs: 16

This course is expressly formulated for participants who need to implement and manage a Business Process Improvement (BPI) initiative within their organization. Having an understanding of project management and business processes is helpful and recommended. This two-day course introduces you to BPI core values, principles, techniques and practices and uses a unique seven-step “joiner” approach to discover and implement process improvement solutions. 

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User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for Business Analysts

Dates: Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Cost: $1,100

CEUs: 1.6

PDUs: 16

All too often the software products delivered to the business do not meet their expectations, especially with regard to the quality of the product. An effective User Acceptance Testing (UAT) process addresses this issue by confirming the functionality and performance of the product prior to its release. This two-day course looks at the business issues which drive the need for a fully functional UAT process and describes the approach to building a test plan, test cases, coverage matrix, and defect log. For practicing business analysts, this course can help you develop an understanding of your role, the processes and the deliverables associated with UAT. 

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