Business and Management

Business Analysis / Product Owner Comprehensive Course

Start: Jun 2019       Type: Evening / Weekend Classes       Duration (hr): 165**


This course provides a solid foundation to find and maintain employment as a Business Analyst / Product Owner in the modern business environment. Through a combination of lectures and exercises, students will learn the key techniques and approaches necessary to be effective.  They will also be able to understand how the BA fits into the bigger picture of the project, the enterprise, and why it is important to understand the needs of stakeholders, the project, and the business and technical environments. In addition the course covers a number of important subjects critical to excel in the workplace. Students will receive hands-on training in the following subjects:
1. Business Analysis Fundamentals – Students will learn to understanding the business environment; be introduced to the role of business analyst within the project life cycle and become familiar with role of a BA and with the following key parts within business analysis: Requirements, Stakeholder Analysis, Communication, Modeling Business System and Process, Requirements Gathering, Product Development and Delivery, Risk in Projects, PMLC vs. SDLC, Rational Unified Process (RUP), Unified Modeling Language (UML), Business Data Handling and Working with Visio.
2. BA Documentation Writing Workshop – in this module students will practice creating essential Business Analysis documentation, including Business Requirement Documentation (BRD), Functional Requirement Documentation (FRD), User Acceptance Testing (UAT), Graphical User Interface (GUI) etc. Students will create Workflow and Diagrams in Microsoft Visio.
3. Project Coordination – In this section students will receive good understanding of some elements of Project Management adjusted to Business Analysis, including Introduction in Project Management, Project Integration Management, Project Scope and Time Management, Project Cost, Quality, HR and Communications Management, Project Risk and Procurement Management. This should give students very clear picture of BA and PM collaboration in the projects.
4. Quality Assurance Fundamentals – This section is designed to impart expertise on manual testing. It teaches the fundamentals of organizing the project and preparing the test plan and will cover Introduction to QA and SDLC, Goals of QA and Documenting Processes; Types of Testing, Web vs. Client/Server testing. After completing this part of the course, students will be able to design the test cases, execute the test scenarios and create test status reports.
5. Agile Methodology and Scrum – The agile methodology of software development marks a considerable departure from traditional sequential development (“waterfall”). In fact, many aspects of agile are so drastically different from waterfall that it is often helpful for individuals who are new to agile to take a small course to better understand its principles and practices. This module includes preparation for Scrum certification exams.
6. Understanding Relational Databases and SQL – This part is designed to provide students with the understanding of database concepts and the essentials of the SQL language. Through a series of hands-on activities students will learn data selection and manipulation using multi-vendor compliant SQL syntax.
7. Microsoft Office Fundamentals – this module teaches Microsoft Excel, Visio and Project. Students will learn Excel advanced techniques, including Math Functions, Logical Functions, Statistical Lookup Functions, Sort/Filter Data, Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts. They will learn how to create and update a project plan in Microsoft Project; in Microsoft Visio students will study how to build flow charts, network diagrams and business processes.
8. Effective Communication Skills Workshop – in this module students will polish their communication skills for business environment: presentation skills, conducting effective meetings, effective listening, and other communication techniques. 
9. JIRA Essentials – This module includes basic concepts of JIRA (issue, project and workflow), JIRA Workspace, JIRA Dashboard, and crucial elements of work with Issues, Searching and Reporting.


*165 instructor-led class hours, plus labs


Bachelor's degree, industry experience working with projects is a plus

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