Certificate in Business Analysis (Certificate in Business Analysis)

National College of Ireland (CBA_OCT)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Business Analysis

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

15

Department

School of Business

General Information
Contact

The Springboard Team

Email

springboard@ncirl.ie

Phone

1850 221 721 (Option 4)

Address

Springboard Office
National College of Ireland
Mayor Street
IFSC
Dublin 1

Role

Springboard Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

25/09/2020

Start Date

29/10/2020

End Date

31/03/2021

About this Course

Overview:
The Certificate in Business Analysis has been developed in association with the Business Analysts Association of Ireland. The role of the business analyst is to identify the core business objectives of an organisation and its constituent parts. They also need to ensure that the processes, procedures, systems and structures that are in place are the most effective and efficient to enable it to achieve its core objectives.

This professional course offers academic accreditation for business analysts and for those who play a leading role in improving business performance, either in their own company, or in a consultancy role to others, through the use of proven business analysis techniques.

Overview of Eligibility:
Applicants are expected to hold a primary level 7 degree or proven work experience in the area.

The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a written application or interview.


Fees: A student contribution fee of €330 is applicable if you are in employment. No fees are applicable if you are unemployed. This amount must be paid in full no later than Friday 20th November 2020. If a student withdraws before the commencement of the course the full amount that they have paid is refundable. No refund will be processed once the student commences the course the week beginning 29th October 2020. Please see https://www.ncirl.ie/NewStudents for more details. The scheme does not cover any allowance for books and materials.

Objectives

This programme:
• Is jointly developed by National College of Ireland in partnership with the Business Analysts Association of Ireland
• Is delivered in partnership with The Irish Computer Society
• Focuses on improving enterprise performance through the use of proven business analysis techniques
• Leads to a professional certification in business analysis at level 8 on the NFQ.
• Systems analysts, internal and external consultants, advisors, managers, team leaders and members of improvement teams can all benefit from applying key business analysis techniques in their roles.

Course Benefits
• Graduates will be able to make a more effective contribution to improving business performance and competitiveness within their organisation
• Graduates will acquire proven modern methodologies and techniques for analysing and solving business problems that impact upon cost, efficiency, capacity and service quality
• They will more fully understand the dynamics and context of organisational change with reference to latest thinking on best implementation approaches
• Additionally, they will develop effective consultancy and communication skills – including the project management, listening, questioning, negotiation, influencing, presentation and facilitation skills required to initiate and lead change programmes and initiatives.

Course Objectives
The Certificate in Business Analysis programme aims to provides participants with:
• A specialised knowledge in analysing the core business objectives and strategy of an organisation or strategic business unit
• An ability to analyse the processes, procedures, systems and structures that are in place – and to evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency
• A comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of change – and how to harness the positive energy needed to bring about successful change
• An understanding of the various types and styles of consultancy intervention and their effectiveness in various situations
• The skills necessary to be able to communicate and negotiate effectively

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a primary level 7 degree or proven work experience in the area.

The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a written application or interview.


Technical Requirements:
Besides having a very strong WIFI connection, students of online courses at the National College of Ireland are required to have the following equipment in order to effectively participate in an online classroom:

• Laptop/Desktop
Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a portable computer (laptop/notebook) with a substantial hardware configuration. Its minimal suitable configuration is 8GB of RAM (16GB are recommended); a modern 64-bit x86 multi-core processor (Intel i5 or superior); 250+ GB of available space in hard disk; WiFi card; and a recent version of Ubuntu, macOS, or Windows.

• Microphone
Any microphone is acceptable, provided the audio is clear. Most laptops have an inbuilt microphone which is perfectly acceptable, however occasionally an external mic is necessary.
You may test your microphone’s compatibility with your browser here: https://www.onlinemictest.com/

• Headphones
Headphones are strongly recommended to avoid echo while using the microphone.

• External Webcam
External Webcams (USB cable) are required in order to authenticate yourself for examination purposes. Onboard webcams, ie webcams built into the laptop are not appropriate for examination authentication. Webcams are not required for day to day classes.

Long Description

Modules:
• Management of Change (5 Credits): Provides learners with the knowledge of strategic change management processes, skills & tools
• Communication Dynamics -Max Personal Effectiveness (5 Credits) : Provide learners with the communication skills required for success in business
• Business System Analysis (5 Credits) : Learners will gain an ability to apply problem solving & creative thinking in a business context.

Why Choose This Course

The Career Bridge module is worked into each of the programme schedules. Assisting students develop and achieve their career goals is a core mission within the NCI Career Development & Employability Office (CDEO) who have won the AHECS “Excellence in Employability Award” for 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. These were awarded for the work undertaken with students completing skills conversion programmes. The Career Bridge module involves producing a career action plan and develops in students the ability to self-manage their careers, identify and apply for career opportunities, develop an online brand, network effectively and promote themselves at interview.

Coding Tutorials for Non –Technical Candidates
For candidates who have never studied anything in relation to computing before or worked in a technical area before we have provided some free tutorials that you might find useful. Please note that these are not part of your course and we provide them only as a guide to assist you in the decision making process https://www.codecademy.com/
“Hour of Code” - Drag and drop intro to basic coding concepts (designed for 7-70 yr olds, don't be put off by the apparent simplicity of it) https://studio.code.org/hoc/1
Done that? Try the full 20 Hours - again this may seem fairly simple to you but if you follow through all 20 lessons you will have absorbed a good solid understanding of the main coding concepts https://studio.code.org/s/20-hour

Specifically for Higher Diploma in Computing Candidates
If you have never coded before do the 1 hour of code and the 20 hours of code tutorials, see above.
If you have coded before, but not in Java, try this free online course:
https://www.udemy.com/java-tutorial/#/
If you want to practice your Java: http://codingbat.com/

Career Opportunities

This course was designed to meet the needs of the IT sector and secure future employment for graduates. Companies who have hired 2018 graduates of Software Development include Version 1 (Java Developer), Version 1 (Associate Consultant), Ergo (Technical Account Manager), Bookee (Senior Full Stack Developer), Dell (Graduate Programme, Enterprise Support), DPD (System Integration Engineer), Rockall Technologies (Graduate Engineer), Fenergo (Java Developer), Openet (Graduate Software Engineer), Ding (Junior QA Engineer), Oracle (Senior Cloud Customer Operations Engineer), Global Payments (Operations Analyst).

Timetable Info

This programme is run over 6 months.

Indicative Schedule; Two days per month each month; Thursday and Friday 09.00 - 17.00. Timetable is below*

Module Date
Communication Dynamics 29 October 2020
Communication Dynamics 30 October 2020
Communication Dynamics 26 November 2020
Communication Dynamics 27 November 2020
Assessment Submission 21 December 2020
Management of Change 17 December 2020
Management of Change 18 December 2020
Management of Change 14 January 2021
Assessment Submission 08 February 2021
Business Systems Analysis 15 January 2021
Business Systems Analysis 11 February 2021
Business Systems Analysis 12 February 2021
Business Systems Analysis 11 March 2021
Business Systems Analysis 12 March 2021
Capstone Project Submission 14 June 2021

*All start dates and schedules are indicative and can be subject to change unless otherwise stated*

Delivery Location

E-Learning

Delivery Notes

E-Learning

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

The Springboard Team

Address

Springboard Office
National College of Ireland
Mayor Street
IFSC
Dublin 1

Phone

1850 221 721 (Option 4)

Email

springboard@ncirl.ie

RPL Information

The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme - meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic entry requirements may be considered based on extensive relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed through an interview and assessment

Application Procedures

ACTION ITEM: Throughout the application process please continue to check your Spam and Junk folders in your email account as emails from springboard@ncirl.ie can at times default to these folders instead. In addition, please ensure that you have only one email address registered with Springboard. The email address that you login to your Springboard account with must match the email address on your Springboard application form. If the email address on the application form is different, you will need to update it. Failure to do so will only cause confusion and as a result you may end up missing vital emails from the Springboard team in regards to your application. We also ask you to review the postal address that you have included on your application form and ensure that is up to date.

NEXT STEPS:
This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

1. Your current curriculum vitae:
Please provide an up to date CV. The Employer Name and Location needs be outlined for every job. If you were unemployed or travelling for a period of time this too needs to be included on your CV including the dates and location(s) of where you resided during that time. Any unexplained gaps will result in a delay in the processing of your Springboard+ application

2. Career Statement:
Please include a 300 word career statement detailing what has motivated you to undertake the programme and how the programme fits in with your career objectives. This statement is compulsory and must be course specific. It should clearly demonstrate that you have researched the course and have a broad understanding of the course you are applying for. Unless it refers explicitly to the course you are applying for it will not be accepted. Please also ensure that you have included your full name and the exact course title on the career statement.

3. Educational Transcripts for any relevant qualifications listed in your application form and the final certificates for any qualifications listed in your application form. Alternatively a Diploma Supplement will suffice if it contains a breakdown of all subjects taken for the duration of the course.

4. Candidates whose qualifications are in foreign languages - please ensure all documentation is provided in its original language. You must also have these documents officially translated into English by a professional, registered translation company. Translations done by you, the applicant, are not acceptable. There are a number of such companies here in Dublin 1 who will do this for you.

5. A copy of your current passport

6. Non-EU applicants will need to provide a copy of their GNIB card showing a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM . You will need to upload evidence of your first Stamp 4 Visa and your current Stamp 4.

7. Verification of Status Required:
In Employment - please provide a recently dated letter from your current employer on headed paper, signed and dated.
Returner - Please provide a letter/statement signed by the Commissioner for Oaths confirming your current status. A form to complete the process is available here: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Declaration%20for%20Returners%20(2019).pdf
Department of Social Protection - Please provide a recently dated letter confirming that you are on the live register detailing which payment you are in receipt of (alternatively your most recent post office receipt will suffice) or a letter confirming that you are signing for social insurance contribution credits.
Previously Self Employed - A letter from your accountant or revenue confirming that your business is no longer trading.

This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

Further Documentation/Interview Requirements
Depending on your background you may be required to submit additional documentation and/or participate in an interview or logic test. The Course Director may also request to meet you in person for an informal interview to assess your suitability for the course. We will advise you in due course if any of the above applies to you.

English Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English may also be required to sit the free NCI Academic Competency Test. Regardless of how long you have lived or worked in Ireland if you have not already successfully completed an academic course through English lasting at least one year and if you cannot provide a suitable IELTS or TOEFL test result you may need to do the NCI Academic Competency Test. We will advise you if this applies to you.

Please note that once courses are at capacity they may close without warning.
ACTION ITEM: Throughout the application process please continue to check your Spam and Junk folders in your email account as emails from springboard@ncirl.ie can at times default to these folders instead. In addition, please ensure that you have only one email address registered with Springboard. The email address that you login to your Springboard account with must match the email address on your Springboard application form. If the email address on the application form is different, you will need to update it. Failure to do so will only cause confusion and as a result you may end up missing vital emails from the Springboard team in regards to your application. We also ask you to review the postal address that you have included on your application form and ensure that is up to date.

NEXT STEPS:
This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

1. Your current curriculum vitae:
Please provide an up to date CV. The Employer Name and Location needs be outlined for every job. If you were unemployed or travelling for a period of time this too needs to be included on your CV including the dates and location(s) of where you resided during that time. Any unexplained gaps will result in a delay in the processing of your Springboard+ application

2. Career Statement:
Please include a 300 word career statement detailing what has motivated you to undertake the programme and how the programme fits in with your career objectives. This statement is compulsory and must be course specific. It should clearly demonstrate that you have researched the course and have a broad understanding of the course you are applying for. Unless it refers explicitly to the course you are applying for it will not be accepted. Please also ensure that you have included your full name and the exact course title on the career statement.

3. Educational Transcripts for any relevant qualifications listed in your application form and the final certificates for any qualifications listed in your application form. Alternatively a Diploma Supplement will suffice if it contains a breakdown of all subjects taken for the duration of the course.

4. Candidates whose qualifications are in foreign languages - please ensure all documentation is provided in its original language. You must also have these documents officially translated into English by a professional, registered translation company. Translations done by you, the applicant, are not acceptable. There are a number of such companies here in Dublin 1 who will do this for you.

5. A copy of your current passport

6. Non-EU applicants will need to provide a copy of their GNIB card showing a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM . You will need to upload evidence of your first Stamp 4 Visa and your current Stamp 4.

7. Verification of Status Required:
In Employment - please provide a recently dated letter from your current employer on headed paper, signed and dated.
Returner - Please provide a letter/statement signed by the Commissioner for Oaths confirming your current status. A form to complete the process is available here: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Declaration%20for%20Returners%20(2019).pdf
Department of Social Protection - Please provide a recently dated letter confirming that you are on the live register detailing which payment you are in receipt of (alternatively your most recent post office receipt will suffice) or a letter confirming that you are signing for social insurance contribution credits.
Previously Self Employed - A letter from your accountant or revenue confirming that your business is no longer trading.

This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

Further Documentation/Interview Requirements
Depending on your background you may be required to submit additional documentation and/or participate in an interview or logic test. The Course Director may also request to meet you in person for an informal interview to assess your suitability for the course. We will advise you in due course if any of the above applies to you.

English Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English may also be required to sit the free NCI Academic Competency Test. Regardless of how long you have lived or worked in Ireland if you have not already successfully completed an academic course through English lasting at least one year and if you cannot provide a suitable IELTS or TOEFL test result you may need to do the NCI Academic Competency Test. We will advise you if this applies to you.

Please note that once courses are at capacity they may close without warning.