BCS Business Analysis Practice: Course Contents | ALC Training News

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1. Strategic Context for Business Analysis
  • Explain the purpose of an organisation’s vision.
  • Apply a suitable technique to analyse the internal environment of an organisation.
  • Apply a suitable technique to analyse the external environment of an organisation.
  • Prepare a SWOT analysis.
  • Use tools to measure performance.
2. Analysing and Managing Stakeholders
  • Explain the activities required to engage stakeholders.
  • Identify generic stakeholder categories using the stakeholder wheel.
  • Use the CATWOE technique to analyse stakeholder perspectives and identify similarities and differences.
  • Categorise stakeholders in terms of their power and influence and level of interest.
  • Choose an appropriate stakeholder management strategy.
3. Analysing the Current State
  • Choose suitable methods to research the business situation.
  • Identify a suitable quantitative or qualitative investigation technique.
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of the different investigation techniques.
  • Use tools to represent the current business situation
4. Establishing the Target State
  • Use a business activity model (BAM).
  • Identify the 5 activities included in a BAM.
  • Explain the need for a consensus BAM.
  • Explain the three types of business events.
  • Explain the use of a target operating model (TOM).
5. Designing and Defining the solution.
  • Identify the stages of Design Thinking.
  • Describe the use of divergent and convergent thinking.
  • Explain the process of gap analysis.
  • Distinguish between areas of feasibility.
6. Developing a Business Case
  • Explain the rationale for the development of a business case.
  • Identify the contents of a business case.
  • Identify tangible and intangible costs and benefits.
  • Identify risks and their potential impact.
  • Explain the rationale for the financial case and the appraisal techniques.
  • Relate the business case to the business change lifecycle.

* A case study allows the delegates to undertake a simulated business analysis assignment