Information Technology Business Analysis - Operations
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramMore and more companies are challenged with how to make sense of vast amounts of data in order to improve their competitive position and growth. This has generated requirements for professionals with both a business and technology side who understand how to turn insight into action. A critical role in the facilitation of software/system development growth is played by the Information Technology Business Analyst by the gathering of business requirements from several organizational areas and interpreting them so that they can be defined as functional systems design specifications that can be successfully implemented by IT teams. Critical skills will be developed in the following information technology areas: application software, business data analysis and modeling, customer engagement management, business processes, enterprise resource planning, and communications. A key part of this graduate program is the applied aspects of the curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the process of business analysis for information technology (IT) through case studies and industry-related projects.
Program InformationLength: Two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 24
- A two- or three-year diploma or a degree in computer science, information technology, or computer programming OR a minimum of 3 years of related industry/professional experience
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Application Form.
- Attach proof of the admission requirements.
- Applicants not meeting the credential requirements must submit a resume outlining work experience and career goals.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceFinancial Assistance is not available for this program.
Graduate OpportunitiesThe business analysis profession is growing and individuals with this acumen are in demand. This program prepares students for business analysis-related positions, providing career path opportunities across many industry sectors in today's economy. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills required for career growth in such positions as business analyst, business systems analyst, computer systems analyst, informatics consultant, and information systems business analyst in large manufacturing companies, insurance companies, banks, or the public service sector.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
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|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: Applications, toolsets, frameworks, and architecture will be reviewed to ensure a foundational level of knowledge that will be built on; recognition of the various needs of a business and how/where these items are implemented are an integral part. Students will participate in hands-on activities to practice Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database Management, and Presentation Skills. The activities completed are designed to reinforce the features of software integration in Microsoft Office.
|INFO8360||Introduction to Information Systems
Description: The importance of Information Systems to the success of a business and how these systems create value is presented from “the 1000 ft viewpoint”. A structured overview of the program and a clear perspective to the line of work that the students can expect to find as an IT Business Analyst are discussed. Through common case studies across the courses in the program students will connect their newly acquired skills with the IT Business Analyst scope of work.
|MGMT8490||Introduction to Information Technology Project Management
Description: This course provides the practical and theoretical knowledge to start, plan, execute, monitor and control, and complete an information technology (IT) project successfully. You will explore the role and integration of project management within an organization, and its value to a business and the field of information technology. You will examine the application of project management frameworks and methodologies according to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the integration of information technology solution practices. You will explore the use of project management knowledge, processes, and tools and techniques in plan-driven, change-driven, or hybrid driven project environments. You will learn about the responsibilities, competencies, and interpersonal skills required of project management professionals, with an emphasis on information technology practitioners. You will learn about and contribute to building and being part of a high performance team. As part of a simulated project environment for the course, you will be required to function as a member of a project team throughout the life cycle of a project. An overview of Microsoft Project will be covered, along with other collaborative project management software tools used in today's project environments. This course will be of particular interest to those students who wish to pursue certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI).
|INFO8350||Customer Engagement Management
Description: Customer Engagement Management has evolved with industry to recognize the need and importance of intuitive system design that recognizes both user and business requirements. Currently IT development projects still face significant resistance and failure rates stemming from the inability of organizations to readily identify and address customer needs in a timely and effective manner. Through this course you will be provided the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that will allow you to further your understanding of how requirements are collected, distilled and processed into functional requirements for IT projects and application design. You will apply your newly acquired skills through proven user experience design techniques and methodologies to create clear, intuitive interfaces and system designs.
|INFO8370||Business Data Analysis
Description: Identification of relevant metric points and how to gather, manipulate, format, and present data as valuable information to the end user is essential to good business practices. The course will give students an opportunity to perform data analysis using different statistical approaches, and to present data in various formats to specific audiences. The students will discuss proper uses of statistics in IT business environments and their impact on decision-making.
|INFO8395||Business Data Modeling
Description: Manipulate, modify and presenting information can by synthesized into knowledge; specifically focused on the formatting of data for thorough analysis through tools such as the Unified Modeling Language and logical mapping software. Mapping and modeling activities are performed using various techniques with an emphasis on business need, quality principles and organizational change. Students are engaged in discovering the methods of process improvement through individual reading, classroom discussion, numerous group exercises and case studies – including ones common with previous courses - that progress through the activities of process improvement.
Description: Analysis of processes within a business and/or manufacturing environment utilizing the proper techniques and tools to is a fundamental skill for a business analyst. The key focus will be to analyze, enhance and promote change to processes in order to increase process effectiveness, timeliness or reduce costs while mitigating risks. A variety of case studies will be used to practice this skill set, including common case studies from previous courses.
|COMM8200||Communications for Effective Business Analysis
Description: The role of an IT business analyst includes the transfer of information between technical and non- technical stakeholders. A strong focus will be placed on the ability to listen, interpret, and convey information in both technical and non-technical areas to ensure a clear understanding. Critical thinking, interpretation and correct message transfer skills are practiced and applied though case studies.
|INFO8430||Enterprise Resource Planning
Description: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems enable firms to coordinate inbound and outbound information and material flow (input and output). The relationship between profitability, supplier management, customer service, quality, and productivity; management of incoming supplies and services; managing service capacity, wait times and internal and external customer service is discussed. Proper use, maintenance and control of an Enterprise Resource Planning system are presented.
|INFO8450||Customer Needs Using Social Media
Description: Social Media has proven an invaluable new resource to analysts and organizations for understanding customers and users in a much more profound and meaningful way. Through this course students will be engaged in learning how subjective materials posted through online social media can be quantified for metric analysis so that hard data can be; collected, refined and utilized to reveal hidden connections and user behavior patterns. Students will also learn the concepts and methodologies as to how this data can be applied to aid organizations through decision-making activities that will drive both product and service change in a timely fashion.
Description: We will approach the topic of network design from the perspective of an IT Business Analyst focusing on requirements elicitation, feasibility analysis, and project management and aligning IT solutions to effectively address business needs. This course will follow industry recognized best-practice for the structured approach to network analysis, planning and design. Additional topics that will be addressed involve cloud computing technologies and architecture emerging infrastructure technologies, datacentre design and service oriented architecture.
|INFO8440||Integrated Case Study
Description: Successful completion of this course will require the application of skills learned throughout the program. Students work individually to on an industry application incorporating key IT business analysis learning competencies. The project must be supported by documented research, a strong completion framework and a viable IT solution. A faculty advisor will meet regularly with the students to ensure the process is properly managed and a plan is followed.
- Interpret collected business requirements from organizational areas so that they can be defined as functional systems design specifications that can be successfully implemented by Information Technology (IT) specialists
- Provide information technology solutions, assessments and validation to a broad range of situations by eliciting, planning, monitoring and analyzing enterprise requirements
- Adhere to standards of practice and identify ethical/contractual-based judgments in real-life and simulated IT business environments..
- Use of written, verbal, and non-verbal communication, employing IT relevant knowledge, skills, and judgment in a business setting
- Document, manage, research and communicate business requirements from the initial stakeholder meeting, to the final IT solution assessment and validation phase utilizing life-cycle project management practices and procedures such as metric analysis, project scope, service level agreements and constraint documentations.
- Interview clients about their business needs, facilitate meetings, and respond to stakeholder priorities in a way that meets their needs.
- Perform a variety of IT quality control procedures including gap analysis, problem analysis, needs assessment, cost benefit analysis, business test plans and test cases
- Collect, manage, and interpret data to identify trends and issues in the workplace to create and develop levels of measure
- Develop tools for maintaining professional standing including lifelong learning strategies.
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