Module Code: H8BSA
Long Title Business Systems Analysis
Title Business Systems Analysis
Module Level: LEVEL 8
EQF Level: 6
EHEA Level: First Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: EUGENE O'LOUGHLIN
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Critically analyse the role of the Business Analyst and information systems in the three key business areas of Management, Technology, and Organization
LO2 Analyse and compare a range of Requirements Elicitation techniques
LO3 Propose solutions to complex problems by using Requirements Analysis to identify performance gaps or discrepancies
LO4 Analyse and compare a range of problem solving techniques used typically by the Business Analyst
LO5 Evaluate methodologies to control and improve performance
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

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Co-requisite Modules
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Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
An Introduction Business Systems Analysis (20%)
• The role of the Business Analyst • Making Sense of Data and Information • The role of Business Information Systems • The Business Analysis Core Concept Model
Requirements Elicitation (15%)
• Prepare for Elicitation • Conduct Elicitation • Confirm Elicitation Results • Communicate Business Analysis Information • Manage Stakeholder Collaboration
Requirements Analysis (10%)
• Specify and Model Requirements • Verify Requirements • Validate Requirements • Define Requirements Architecture • Define Design Options • Analyses Potential Value and Recommend Solution
Analysis Tools for Problem Identification (5%)
• Cause and Effect Diagrams • Check Sheets
Analysis Tools for Identifying Improvement Priorities (5%)
• Pareto Analysis • Value Analysis
Analysis Tools for Decision Making (10%)
• SWOT Analysis • PEST Analysis • Cost-Benefit Analysis • Decision Modelling
Analysis Tools for Identifying Processes (5%)
• Flow Charting • SIPOC Diagrams • Business Model Canvas
Analysis Tools for Problem Solving (10%)
• Project Network Diagrams • Use Cases • Capacity Planning
Analysis Tools for Process Improvement (5%)
• SREDIM • Radar Charts
Controlling and Improving Processes (20%)
• Performance Measurement • Benchmarking • Improvement Priorities • Importance-Performance matrices
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Assignment % of total: 40
Assessment Date: Sem 1 End Outcome addressed: 1,2,3
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
This assignment will assess student’s understanding and knowledge of learning outcomes related to LO1, LO2, and LO3. Students will be required to complete a 1,500 word assignment that demonstrates an ability to use requirements elicitation techniques typically used in business analysis tasks.

Indicative problems to be solved will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Problem identification (eg, Cause and Effect Analysis)

  • Improvement priorities identification (eg Pareto Analysis)

  • Decision making (eg Cost-benefit Analysis)

  • Assessment Type: Project % of total: 60
    Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5
    Non-Marked: No
    Assessment Description:
    To reflect the integration of learning inherent in a level 8 programme, an integrative assessment ranging across the three modules has been introduced in the programme. This takes the form of a case study or research project which requires learners to demonstrate their ability to develop cross-disciplinary solutions to the problems raised in the case study or research project. Learners will be marked on their integrative abilities and demonstration of subject specific knowledge (LO1 – LO5). This piece of work constitutes part of the continuous assessment component of the following three modules: 1. Management of Change 2. Business Systems Analysis 3. Communications and Consultancy
    No End of Module Assessment
    No Workplace Assessment
    Reassessment Requirement
    Repeat failed items
    The student must repeat any item failed

    NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


    Module Workload

    Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
    Workload: Part Time
    Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
    Lecture Lecture 35 Per 15 week block 2.33
    Independent Learning Independent Learning 190 Per 15 week block 12.67
    Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.33

    Module Resources

    Recommended Book Resources
    • O'Loughlin, E.. (2015), An Introduction to Business Systems Analysis, 2nd. The Liffey Press, Dublin, p.298, [ISBN: 1905785615].
    • Paul, D., Yeates, D., & Cadle, J.. (2014), Business Analysis, 3rd. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Swindon, UK, p.302, [ISBN: 178017277].
    • Cadle, J. Paul, D., & Turner, P.. (2013), Business Analysis Techniques: 99 Essential Tools for Success, 2nd. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Swindon, UK, p.352, [ISBN: 1780172737].
    • International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). (2015), A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide), Version 3. International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), Toronto, Canada, p.502, [ISBN: 1927584027].
    Supplementary Book Resources
    • Slack, N., Brandon-Jones, A. & Johnston, R.. (2013), Operations Management, 7th. Pearson, Karlow, United Kingdom, p.768, [ISBN: 0273776207].
    • Laudon, K., & Laudon, J.P.. (2013), Management Information Systems, 13th. Pearson, Harlow, United Kingdom, p.648, [ISBN: 027378997].
    • Michalski, W.J.. (2003), Six Sigma Tool Navigator, 1st. Productivity Press, New York, p.768, [ISBN: 1563272954].
    • Higgins, J.M.. (2006), 101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques, 2nd. New Management Publishing Company, Winter Park, Florida, p.241, [ISBN: 1883629055].
    • Brandon-Jones, A. & Slack, N.. (2008), Quantitative Analysis in Operations Management, 1st. Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, United Kingdom, p.164, [ISBN: 0273708481].
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