BAC135

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

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - $1290.00 25 Register

Course schedule: Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT via online-supported delivery.

What will you 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 you 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 you 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. 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.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

Laptop usage

Effective January 2, 2021, our Business Analysis program will be expanding the use of technology in our courses to allow for further engagement and collaboration. All students will be required to provide their own laptop computer capable of running Office 365. These are industry-standard tools that will be essential for your success both as a student and as a professional.

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