Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career as a business analyst or simply want to make better business decisions, this course offers a comprehensive foundation in the fascinating field of business analysis.
The Certificate of Business Analysis is an online professional development program that will help you to make informed, data-driven decisions and covers business analysis tools, techniques and communication strategies used by business analysts.
In this online business analysis course, you will discover how to interpret market trends and developments and gain knowledge in competitor analysis, product life cycles and forecasting to prepare, report on and present market data.
You will also learn how to analyse data from Australian and international markets and develop and implement strategic business plans to ensure continuous improvement in business performance.
On completion of this course, you will have gained the professional development required to understand the foundations of business analysis to make educated business decisions that lead to competitive advantage.
Unit 1 - Introduction to Business Analysis
What is business analysis?
Business analysis trends
Business analysis deliverables
The business case
Understanding cost and revenue centres
Measuring business performance
Financial statement analysis
Business analysis tools and techniques
Business analysis communication
Organisational analysis and change
Management roles and functions
Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
Financial planning and control
Market strategy analysis
Efficiency and productivity analysis
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Business Process Redesign (BPR)
Business Process Improvement (BPI)
Unit 2 - Interpret Market Trends and Developments
The research processes
Trends and developments
Factor and cluster analysis
Time series analysis
Pie charts, bar graphs and histograms
Performing qualitive analysis
Analysing market performance
Potential opportunities or threats
Analysing performance data
Over and underperforming products and services
Product life cycles – The 4 phases
Product performance testing
The Boston Matrix
Buying pattern analysis
Forecasting market needs
The need to forecast
Preparing reports on market data
Legends and labels
Getting other opinions
Keeping it simple
Tips in using visual presentations
Reporting on data
Submitting and presentation of reports
Unit 3 - Analyse Data from International Markets
Statistical analysis of market data
Australian and international markets
The research process
Analysis and use of research results
Trends and developments
Research data and analytical tools
Taking advantage of trends
Culture and buyer behaviour
Difficulties and communication
Measures of central tendency and dispersion
Correlations between data
Target market and market segments
Programs and reports
Qualitative analysis of the international market
Qualitative data collection
Opportunities or threats
Competitor comparison and profiling
Plot and interpret data for visual presentation
Assess presentation for problems
Unit 4 - Develop and implement strategic plans
Organisation vision and mission
Strategic planning processes
SWOT PEST and STEEP analyses
Develop strategic plan
Vision and mission statements
Potential for threat
Analyse the internal and external environment
Market information research
Performance review data
Strengths and weaknesses
Political, economic social developments
Cooperative and joint ventures
Monte Carlo simulation
Fault tree analysis
Event tree analysis
Cost benefit analysis
Using software products and consultancy firms
Write strategic plan
Research and background
Using data analysis results
Plans and controls
The Simple SIPOCC Model
Deadlines and milestones
Creating a formal plan
Implementing strategic plan
Performance monitoring and measurement
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Unit 5 - Develop and implement a business plan
Drawing up plans
Developing a business plan
Elements in a business plans
The planning process
Strategic plan objectives
Action based matrix
Environment and society
Resources and performance
Measures or indicators
Addressing system and failures
Process and function design objectives
Monitoring and evaluation plan
Reporting key aspects of the business
Respond to performance data
Analysing employee performance
Coaching and training for underperforming employees
Coaching and learning needs
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 75 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $250.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.