Business Systems Analysis online short course

Course starts 12 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
6 October 2020
Course Starts:
12 October 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R15,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


In today’s fast-paced world, businesses that fail to leverage technology and adapt to changing conditions are less likely to reach their strategic objectives. This has led to a greater demand for business systems analysts, who are responsible for identifying the need for change in company processes and systems, and facilitate transformation through the design and implementation of solutions.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Business Systems Analysis online short course explores how a variety of business systems analysis theories can be used to analyse existing processes and implement change in a practical, effective way.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of business systems analysis, as well as how to consult with relevant stakeholders, identify system requirements, and translate these into project specifications and user-friendly solutions that support the strategic objectives of a business.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of business systems analysis and the role of a systems analyst
  • The ability to analyse existing business processes and propose effective solutions to enhance company productivity, profitability, and efficiency
  • A set of workplace-ready skills that will help you excel in your current role and potentially take on additional responsibilities
IIBA approved
This BSA course is endorsed by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) meaning you are guaranteed to receive only the most relevant, up-to-date skills and information in the field of business systems analysis.

Is this course for you?

This course is suitable for individuals who are new to the field of business systems analysis and system development. It’s especially geared towards professionals who are eager to develop a sound understanding of the fundamentals of this discipline in order to transform the way their company currently operates.

Experienced employees with a background in the field can also take this course to formalise their expertise and keep their skills current in a competitive environment. There are no formal prerequisites for this course, and the flexible online learning framework ensures that students are adequately supported to complete their studies on a part-time basis.

Course curriculum

Learn how to analyse existing business processes and make key changes in your organisation as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  •  Module 1 Contextualising business systems analysis
  •  Module 2 Analysing the current business system
  •  Module 3 Recommending an alternate business system
  •  Module 4 Eliciting and communicating requirements
  •  Module 5 Preparing to create a business requirements specification
  •  Module 6 Modelling business processes
  •  Module 7 Modelling functional and systems architecture requirements
  •  Module 8 Modelling data and human-system interface design
  •  Module 9 Assuring quality
  •  Module 10 Facilitating change and innovation


Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Acquire practical business systems analysis skills and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. 


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At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 12 October 2020.

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