Business Analysis Fundamentals

Learn the fundamental skills needed to be a successful business analyst. You'll explore the role of the business analyst, as well as key definitions, concepts and the context of business analysis within an organization.

You will also learn how to evaluate and apply business analysis techniques that assist with decision-making, and how to effectively present ideas through a variety of critical communication skills.

In addition, you'll explore the breadth of knowledge areas of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) according to the BABOK® Guide, and how these areas are applied to the work of business analysis.

IIBA professional development hours: 14


Location: Online
Duration: 2 days
Tuition: $860
Can be applied to:
Business Analysis Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateSat, Sep 9, 2023
  • Sat, Sep 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Sat, Sep 16, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
Seats Available25

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Identify the fundamentals of the business analysis profession
  • Analyze the role and value of a business analyst in an organizational framework 
  • Explore the breadth of business analysis knowledge areas according to the BABOK® Guide
  • Interpret concepts foundational to the success of a business analyst 
  • Assess specific business analysis techniques in a variety of scenarios 
  • Apply appropriate business analysis skills and key concepts that successfully achieve specific deliverables 
  • Model key competencies for a successful business analyst 

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend 6–10 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading, exercises, group discussions, case studies and presentations

You will be evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis on:

  • Assignments
  • Individual or group projects and presentations
  • Participation and attendance

To graduate with the Business Analysis Certificate, successfully pass all nine courses.

Learning Materials

Course fees do not include textbooks. We recommend you purchase your textbook as soon as you’ve registered. We will provide additional course materials online.

Required textbook:

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide v3). Available through the IIBA website. We will expect you to have read the textbook, as this course will reference relevant chapters.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

Note: To participate in this course, please be sure to use a computer capable of running Office 365. 

Professional development credits

SFU is an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) with the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®). This course can be applied towards professional development hours for the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) designation.