Certificate in Business Analysis (January 2021)

National College of Ireland (CBA_JANOL)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Business Analysis

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

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

15/01/2021

Start Date

21/01/2021

End Date

13/09/2021

About this Course

Blended Online:
Under the current restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all classes are delivered online and will continue in that mode for the remainder of the academic year 2020/21.

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 19th March 2021. 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 21st January 2021. 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

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.

DEASP Information:
Covid 19 PUP - People in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) can apply for a Springboard+ part-time course .The fee will be waived for these applicants. However, it is your responsibility to discuss retaining a DEASP payment with your case officer in your local INTREO office when your offer is accepted.
The Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme - This is not an eligible DEASP payment. Those who are in receipt of the wage subsidy are classed as employed and those eligibility criteria apply. Therefore, those in receipt of this payment will be required to pay 10% of the course fee when undertaking courses at Level 7 or above.

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.

*Free Laptop loan for eligible students on this course: Students who are eligible for HEA funding for this course may also be eligible for a free laptop provided on a loan basis for the duration of the programme. This will be a suitable specification machine for completion of the programme but must be returned once you have finished your course. Overall numbers of laptops available are subject to maximum numbers and no other alternatives can be offered.
Check https://www.ncirl.ie/Students/ Student-Services/Support-Services/StudentLaptop-Fund for updates on the next opening date for applications*

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.

Career Opportunities

Who is the course for? This part-time course is for business analysts and those who aspire to work in the role. It is ideal for those currently working as business analysts, internal and external consultants and advisors, managers, team leaders and members of improvement team

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*

January start:
Communication Dynamics - Thursday 21 January 2021 - 9am -5pm
Communication Dynamics - Friday 22 January 2021 - 9am -5pm
Communication Dynamics - Thursday 18 February 2021 - 9am -5pm
Communication Dynamics - Friday 19 February 2021 - 9am -5pm
Assessment Submission - Monday 15 March 2021
Management of Change - Thursday 18 March 2021 -9am -5pm
Management of Change - Friday 19 March 2021 - 9am -5pm
Management of Change - Thursday 8 April 2021 - 9am -5pm
Assessment Submission - Monday 10 May 2021
Business Systems Analysis - Friday 9 April 2021 - 9am -5pm
Business Systems Analysis - Thursday 6 May 2021 - 9am -5pm
Business Systems Analysis - Friday 7 May 2021 -9am -5pm
Business Systems Analysis - Thursday 10 June 2021 - 9am -5pm
Business Systems Analysis - Friday 11 June 2021 - 9am -5pm
Capstone Project Submission - Monday 13 September 2021

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

Please note courses may close without warning once they reach capacity.

Delivery Location

E-Learning

Delivery Notes

Blended Online:
Under the current restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all classes are delivered online and will continue in that mode for the remainder of the academic year 2020/21.

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 January 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(2020).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 January 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Documentation supporting your employment status was provided by you as part of the application process, however, further proof confirming your continued eligibility will also be required at the time of course commencement. Please note you will be asked to reverify your status and provide updated verification of status for w/c 25th January when completing the first registration process on the Springboard system. If it becomes apparent at the point of this registration process you are not eligible for a Springboard+ course we will not be able to draw down funding from the HEA on your behalf. Please note, if your employment status/social welfare payment changes from the point of application to course commencement we advise that you declare this to the Springboard team as a matter of priority who will then reassess your funding eligibility. Please note that a change in your employment status from unemployed to employed will mean that the 10% student contribution fee is applicable.

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