BAC135

Business Analytics

Discover how to estimate the costs and benefits of a process change—an essential skill for business analysts.

You'll learn about querying from existing data sources, outlining assumptions, developing cost-benefits models, analyzing outcomes over multiple years, separating assumptions from the model and developing flexible formulae as you make estimates.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 3 Peter Tingling $1140.00 24 Register
Vancouver 3 - $1140.00 25 Register

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should have a general knowledge of the following:

  • The appropriate use and differences between intuition and analytics
  • The essentials of business analytics, including developing hypotheses, identifying criteria and measurement, understanding the differences between correlation, causality and statistical inference
  • The essence of estimation and sensitivity analysis including the use of assumptions
  • Complete understanding of discounted cash flows, net present value and internal rate of return
  • The quantitative and qualitative elements of cost-benefit analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis using Excel
  • What-if analysis in developing spreadsheet formulae
  • The use of Pivot tables in developing reports

How will I learn?

The course features a wide variety of instructional techniques, including facilitated group discussions, thought-provoking exercises that encourage experimentation and analysis, and instructor presentations of theory and best practices.

You will complete regular course reading and participate in exercises, group discussions, case studies and presentations.

How will I be evaluated?

We’ll evaluate your performance in this course on a pass/fail basis using a combination of in-class or take-home assignments, individual or group projects, presentations, participation and attendance. We expect you to participate in discussions and activities and complete all assignments.

Learning materials

To complete the Business Analysis Certificate program you will need to pass all nine courses and the final examination. You will also be expected to have read A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide v3), which you can purchase through the IIBA website. In this course, we will reference relevant chapters of the BABOK® Guide.

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