Working as a Business Analyst (EN)2021/2022
- Purpose and learning objectives
Digitalization of business processes and workflows supported by Business Process Management (BPM) and process-aware information systems (PAIS) is being pushed forward both in public and private businesses as a means to improve both efficiency and quality of services offered to citizens and customers. BPM will in many cases support a better visibility and understanding of cross-organizational processes. It is a main focus of the course to illustrate how such processes interact. Since industry standard information systems are often used to support such cross-functional processes these systems and concept like best practice will have a significant role on the course too. The origins of BPM in process thinking will be examined before we move on to introducing business process modeling using IBM’s BPM tools like BlueworksLive and Process Designer which are based on the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) industry standard.Knowledge
The course will also include introduction to Robotics Process Automation (RPA).
Learning goals made simple – a summary
The course will introduce the student to techniques and tools for discovering, modelling and deploying business processes as well as to applications using the state-ofthe-art cloud-based design and simulation tools for BPMN process modelling IBM BlueworksLive.
A special emphasis will be put on hands-on experience with IBM BPM tools from modeling to execution of a BPM application through cases designed in collaboration with industry partners.
• How different context influences how to perform theSkills
• The semantic gap as a challenge
• Different approaches to identify stakeholders and user
• Models and technics to describe current situations in
a domain (as-is)
• Models and technics to identify gaps between current
state and needs
• Models and technics to describe needs in a way so
that both the business and it understand the needs,
to ensure the fulfillment of the business needs.
• Can use different technics to collect and identify userCompetences
• Can use different models and technics to describe
• Can use different models and technics to identify the
gap between current situation and the user needs.
• Can use models and technics to describe
requirements to a new or improved it-solution.
• Manages to choose relevant tools depending on the
problem needed to be analyzed and described.
• Manages to solve real life problems with the technics
• Can interact with people from both the business and
the IT area.
- Type of instruction
A mix of theory and practice. There will be lectures followed by case exercises supplied by KEA’s external partners, excursions, conferences and involvement of external partners.
The elective will be based on different literature, some of it delivered free from our partners, however it is expected that the students acquire 2nd edition of the book “Fundamentals of Business Process Management” (http://fundamentals-of-bpm.org/).
The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)Prerequisites for access to the examinationDuring the elective cases with external partners will be mandatory group case hand-ins. Each of these includes a small report and a class presentation. These cases (max. 2) will be evaluated and has to be approved before the group/student can take the final elective exam.Exam in one or more subjectsSubject/module is tested standaloneType of examCombined written and oral examinationA hand-in in the form of a written group report which is to demonstrate the students’ ability to combine theory and practice.Individual exam or group examIndividual or group, 2-6 max participantsExam languagesEnglishType of evaluation7-point grading scaleExaminersInternal censure
In the subject Working as a Business Analyst (EN) you will receive 70 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 93 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 26% of your total workload for the subject.
The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: classroom teaching, cases, external lectures, interdisciplinary project-based teaching.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading the curriculum, group work, project work.
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*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances