Business Analytics

Learn to analyze organizational performance measures from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. You will discover how to quantify a process change using financial analysis, which is an essential component of every aspect of business analysis.

You’ll be introduced to income statements and the difference between capital and operating expenses, and to financial analysis tools, including: cost-benefit analysis, net present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR) and return on investments (ROI’s).

You will also learn to apply what-if analysis to produce a range of outcomes that support informed decision-making, and apply strategy analysis to identify and address organizational needs.

IIBA professional development hours: 21


Location: Online
Duration: 3 days
Tuition: $1,290
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 DateFri, Jul 21, 2023
  • Fri, Jul 21, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Sat, Jul 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Sat, Jul 29, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
InstructorBassam Meski
Seats Available22

What you will learn

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

  • Analyze proposed solutions from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives
  • Assess a strategic analysis framework to ensure alignment with stakeholder and organizational goals
  • Evaluate the performance and value of a solution currently used within an organization
  • Assess the financial viability, stability and benefit of a recommended solution using financial analysis tools to guide decision-making
  • Analyze complex data sets that guide the business analysis process by using MS Excel

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.