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Who can apply

This qualification has been designed for people with a non-information technology background. If you have a bachelor's degree and want to become a Business Analyst, kickstart your new career with this qualification.

Programme outline

This is a full-time, 180-point Master's programme. You will complete this qualification in three consecutive trimesters over 12 months at Victoria University's School of Information Management .

Part one: Core Business Analysis Courses

MBUA 510: Business and Systems Analysis - 15 points
Modelling and design techniques, including the methods and tools used to document business flows, information analysis, rules, classes and other related elements required for business analysis.

MBUA 511: Process Design - 15 points
The role and potential of IT to support business process management and design. Learn a modern business process modelling technique, apply that to designing an improved business process, then test and evaluate your proposed design using simulation software.

MBUA 512: Databases and Analytics - 15 points
The fundamentals of relational databases, relational database modelling and SQL database queries for enterprise databases. Data extraction, visualisation and predictive analytics.

MBUA 513: Management of IT Projects for Business Analysts - 15 points
A detailed examination of IT project management including scheduling, monitoring and control techniques, and the use of automated tools. Gain an appreciation of IT risk management, change management strategies for internal and external stakeholders, and social and cultural issues arising in multi-country project team environments.

MBUA 514: Enterprise Architechture - 15 points
The theory and best practices leading to the alignment between business strategy and information systems' infrastructures. Learn how to analyse, model, design and evaluate enterprise architecture, and how to create effective governance instruments for successful enterprise architecture.

MBUA 515: Innovation and Strategy - 15 points
The skills required for formulating IS strategy, and learn about the role of IT in designing new business models and enabling innovation. Develop a mastery of the IS strategic process, including governance, application portfolio management, business case development, sourcing decisions, and benefits assessment.

Part two: Business Environment

MBUA 521: Global Business Environment - 15 points
An overview of the strategies available to firms operating internationally, and an understanding of how these firms can be managed in order to leverage international opportunities.

MBUA 522: Organisational Behaviour - 15 points
An overview of organisational behaviour and its relevence to business transformation using IT, including individual, interpersonal and group behaviour and performance; motivation, change; communication, leadership and managerial roles.

MBUA 523: Accounting for Managers - 15 points
Introduction to the concepts of financial and management accounting, covering the content of financial statements; concepts of value and profit, cost behaviour and cost-volume-profit relationships; and cost allocation principles.

Part three: Project and Consulting Skills

MBUA 531: Information Systems Consulting Practice - 15 points
Specific intervention tools and techniques used by Business Analysts and consultants when assessing organisations and undertaking change projects. Business Analysts are required to understand political, managerial and economic considerations of business analysis practice. Learn effective change strategies and how to communicate effectively with stakeholders.

MBUA 532: Research Project - 30 points
Research project on a selected aspect of business analysis. Work with an industry partner under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Identify and implement or present (as appropriate) a system, intervention, analysis or project situation in consultation with an industry partner. The partner situation will be analysed using appropriate consulting methods and practical application of IS theoretical knowledge.

Learn how to…

  1. Apply modelling and design techniques to investigate goals and issues, analyse information and recommend creative solutions.
  2. Communicate clearly and bridge the gap between IT and stakeholders.
  3. Apply project management techniques to manage scope and deadlines.
Victoria UniversityWellington, New Zealand