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Business Requirements Specialist Technical Diploma

Better your business career.

Increase your employment potential with a program designed to help those with related work experience or a degree gain business analysis skills in just 30 weeks.

Business requirements specialists collect and document the critical activities needed to meet a company’s business objectives. If your idea of job satisfaction includes helping a plan or project successfully come together, you may be a good fit for the Business Requirements Specialist program.
 
Want to become a business analyst?
Earning the Business Requirements Specialist diploma is a smart way to start. You will prepare for junior business analysis careers while earning 28 credits toward the Business Analyst associate degree program. That means after completing the technical diploma, you could start employment in an entry-level business analyst career while finishing up your associate degree.

Program Code: 311026

Business analysis is defined as “the practice of enabling change in an organizational context by defining needs and recommending solutions that delivers value to stakeholders.” The Business Requirements Specialist (BRS) helps a business meet its goals and objectives, understands how work is being conducted, and through analysis, determines solutions to the issues. The BRS will work with stakeholders to conduct a feasibility study, focusing on requirements gathering and preparing a business case to justify change. At the beginning of the BRS career, they receive guidance from a Business Analyst ensuring complete and accurate work.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Business Analyst, 101021

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Employment Potential

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

• Junior Business Analyst: provide technical analysis, budget analysts and communicate recommendations effectively to officials within the organization, under the direction of a Business Analyst.

• Junior 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, under the direction of a Business Analyst.

• 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

• Five years of related work experience or an associate degree or higher credential.
• 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 TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Business Requirements Specialist technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-102-115
Business Analyst Essentials
2
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.
10-102-124
BA Planning and Monitoring
3
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)
10-103-131
Micro: Excel-Intro
1
10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...basic fundamentals of MS Excel spreadsheet software.
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs.
SEMESTER TOTAL
7
SECOND SEMESTER
10-102-126
Elicitation & Coll Techniques
2
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 Mgmt
3
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)
10-103-132
Micro: Excel-Part 2
1
10-103-132 MICRO: EXCEL-ADVANCED ...advanced features of MS Excel spreadsheets.
10-103-170
BA Software Applications
3
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)
10-804-133
Math & Logic
3
10-804-133 MATH & LOGIC ...students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra, and number bases. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-102, Fundamentals of Math)
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
THIRD SEMESTER
10-102-130
Requirements Analysis & Design
3
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)
10-102-132
BA Strategy Analysis & Eval
3
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)
10-196-188
Project Mgmt Fundamentals
3
10-196-188 PROJECT MANAGEMENT ...the role of project management, developing a project proposal, use of relevant software, working with project teams, sequencing tasks, charting progress, dealing with variations, budgets and resources, implementation, and assessment.
10-196-190
Leadership Development
3
10-196-190 MANAGEMENT TEAM SKILLS ...leadership/organization requirements, individual and group motivation, vision, mission, goals, ethical behavior, leadership style and adaptation, impacts of power and influence, employee development, coaching, managing change, and conflict resolution.
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
TOTAL CREDITS
31
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 or higher.

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.

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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 Studies 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 the year contact your academic adviser.

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