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Business Analyst Associate Degree

Power up your career with the Business Analyst degree

Business analysts are vital links of an organization – clearly communicating key information such as business structure, policies, and operations to stakeholders. Whether you want a career change or a way to expand your marketable skills, the Business Analyst associate degree could be the key to your success.

Expand your employment options! 
Many area companies - including Associated Bank, Skyline Technologies, and Ariens Company, to name a few - currently employ and/or are seeking skilled business analysts.

Why Become a Business Analyst?

  • Increase your earning potential – $25.83/hour is the average starting salary of junior business analysts in the U.S. (Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.)
  • Thrive in a career that makes the most of your problem-solving and communication skills.

Program Code: 101021

The Business Analyst (BA) Associate Degree prepares learners to work as liaisons among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operation of an organization. Learners use techniques to gather and analyze business requirements, using best practices and relevant technologies. Graduates will be prepared to function as liaisons with IT and subject matter experts. Graduates will be able to support the needs of businesses in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, insurance, and finance.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Business Analyst: provide technical analysis, budget analysts and communicate recommendations effectively to officials within the organization.

Functional Analyst: recommend systems and procedures to make operations more efficient and effective. Functional analysts may work within organizations as employees or as outside consultants.

Business Systems Analyst: analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations.

Enterprise Analyst: conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

Project Coordinator: accomplishes department objectives by meeting work and cost standards; providing work direction to staff.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• BA Certifications, such as CBAP, CCBA, PMI-PBA

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted
• One year of high school algebra completed.
• User level familiarity with one or more computer operating environments.
• Ability to interact with a computer system (keyboarding or assist device).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Business Analyst Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-102-115 BUSINESS ANALYST ESSENTIALS ...a foundational understanding of business analysis, the key concepts of the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge Guide (BABOK), and the underlying competencies of a business analyst.
10-103-121 MICRO: WORD-INTRODUCTION ...word processing basics including creating, revising, formatting, printing; sections, tabs, multiple-page numbering; manipulating text; creating headers/footers; creating/formatting tables, graphics; and merging documents.
10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.
10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-102-124 BA PLANNING AND MONITORING ...instruction in the multiple approaches used for performing business analysis, planning activities and ongoing communication, defining scopes, process improvements, assumptions, constraints, and dependencies, and the management process. (Corequisite: 10-102-115, Business Analyst Essentials)
10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER
10-103-132 MICRO: EXCEL-PART 2 ...advanced formatting techniques and functions, working with templates, collaborating with multiple Excel users, creating macros, Excel's database features and analysis tools. (Corequisite: 10-103-131, Micro: Excel-Intro)
10-103-170 BA SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS ...students will learn to use BA software tools- Visio, Sharepoint, OneNote, and advanced Excel involving scenarios and case studies. (Corequisite: 10-103-132, Micro:Excel Part 2)
10-196-189 TEAM BUILDING/PROBLEM SOLVING ...benefits and challenges of group work, necessary roles in a team, stages of team development, meeting facilitation, different approaches to problem solving, consensus, data acquisition, analysis, developing alternative solutions, implementation and evaluation.
10-804-133 MATH & LOGIC ...Students will apply problem solving techniques from discrete mathematics.Topics include symbolic logic, sets, algebra and base number systems (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arith score greater/equal to 65 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-102-126 ELICITATION AND COLLABORATION TECHNIQUES ...define stakeholders and use the stakeholder analysis to conduct elicitation activities accurately capturing information needs, documenting and confirming results. Facilitates meetings and communication plan to support ongoing collaboration. (Prerequisite: 10-102-124, BA Planning and Monitoring)
10-102-128 REQUIREMENTS LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT ...prioritize and trace requirements, organize large amounts of data, understand and model requirements using various analysis techniques; verify, validate and communicate the requirements. (Corequisite: 10-102-126, Elicitation and Collaboration Techniques)
10-154-125 IT:WEB:DATABASE DEVELOPMENT ...database uses, database terminology, analyzing information requirements, data models, database design phases, entity relationships, normalization processes, database management systems, database objects, development environments, creating tables, writing queries using SQL, testing.
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER
10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview. Submission of experiential learning proposal. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)
10-102-130 REQUIREMENTS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN ...understand the principles of solution requirements, traceability, measuring, and tracing quality of BA work, utilizing metrics, complying with organizational standards, and managing and supporting organizational change. (Prerequisite: 10-102-128, Requirements Life Cycle Management)
10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better)
10-196-188 PROJECT MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS ...the role of project management, developing a project proposal, demonstration of relevant software, working with project teams, sequencing tasks, charting progress, dealing with variations, budgets and resources, implementation, and assessment.
10-101-184 BUSINESS FINANCE/BUDGETING ...fiscal and monetary aspects of business. Each learner will demonstrate application of business types, cycles, forecasting, budgeting, expense control, and financial statement interpretation relevant to the supervisor as a non-accountant. (Prerequisite: 10-804-134, Mathematical Reasoning)
10-102-114 BUSINESS DATA ANALYTICS ...will provide business analysis and make focused organizational decisions by mining, aggregating, and conducting predictive analytics on big data using PowerPivot, PowerBI, and Google Analytics.
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-102-132 BA STRATEGY ANALYSIS & EVALUATION ...identify and define business needs; understand business structure, strategy, and impact of work efforts; define the importance of vision, strategy, goals and objectives; and define solution scope. Effectively facilitate change management. (Corequisite: 10-102-130, Requirements Analysis & Design)
10-102-198 BUSINESS ANALYST CAREER EXPERIENCE ...students can select any hands-on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related, or International. Instructor approval required. (Prerequisite:10-105-103, Career Preparation)
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-182-111 LEAN OPERATIONS ...develop knowledge skills, process of lean operations management/JIT, quality management, quality control, continuous improvement methodologies, statistical process control chart interpretation, material handling and production logistics.
10-182-112 LEAN MANUFACTURING ...develop knowledge skills process of lean manufacturing/JIT environment, systems approach, productivity attainment, line balancing, kaizen, Kanban, 5S system, value stream mapping, human resource development and lean operations management. (Corequisite: 10-182-111, Lean Operations)
10-182-113 LEAN LOGISTICS ...identify and eliminate waste in your organization's supply chain and logistics function. Apply lean implementation methodology with critical success factors with real-world examples and case studies to demonstrate how to effectively implement long-term improvements and savings in a logistics environment. (Corequisite: 10-182-112, Lean Manufacturing)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
TOTAL CREDITS
65
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.
. Students must earn a "C" or better in 10-801-136, English Composition 1, to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.

Program Outcomes

• Demonstrate professional communication in a business environment.
• Organize and coordinate business analysis efforts throughout the organization.
• Conduct elicitation activities and confirm results.
• Collaborate with stakeholders to identify business needs of strategical or tactical importance.
• Describe the requirements life cycle by establishing relationships between related requirements and designs, assessing, analyzing and gaining consensus on proposed changes.
• Specify and model requirements and designs; validate and verify information; and identify solutions meeting business needs.
• Assess the performance of and value delivered by a solution during strategy analysis.
• Apply appropriate technology skills.
• Demonstrate appropriate underlying competencies defined by the BABOK.

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Industry Credentials

With additional education and/or work, students may earn Business Analyst certifications such as CBAP, CCBA and PMI-PBA.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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