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Information Systems Business Analysis Grad Cert with experiential learning capstone GBC

Information Systems Business Analysis Grad Cert with experiential learning capstone GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

The Business Analyst (BA)/Information Technology (IT) Strategist role is crucial in the software/system development life cycle.  The BA gathers business requirements from various areas in the organization, and translates them into functional system design specifications.  These can then be successfully executed by IT development teams.

The Information Systems Business Analysis graduate certificate program at George Brown College is designed to meet the urgent need for key liaisons between business and information technology functions within an organization.  A team of business analyst consultants and faculty will help you develop critical skills and competencies in the areas of:

  • Problem identification;
  • Documenting and analyzing user requirements;
  • Process and workflow modelling;
  • Communication and facilitation;
  • Project management;
  • Technical writing;
  • Leadership and management;
  • Decision-making.

This program is for you if you are:

  • An IT or business professional who aspires to pursue a career as a Business Analyst or;
  • A practitioner who wants to enhance your experience with formal education.

And, you will be happy to know that George Brown College can offer the International Institute of Business Analysis or IIBA® Academic Diploma.  You will be granted this second credential if you get an average of at least 77% upon graduation.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category

Course Delivery

This Information Systems Business Analysis graduate certificate program is offered at Casa Loma Campus of George Brown College.  A deeper level of understanding of the business analyst role will be developed through unique learning techniques and invaluable practical experience.

This is a full-time program, delivered in a blended format, combining face-to-face sessions with online delivery.  You will generally meet late afternoons, evenings, and weekends. 

You will begin your final academic semester of study upon completing semester two – the Work Integrated Learning semester. This will enable you to engage in industry work experience through your final semester while meeting the program’s academic requirements.  You will be immersed in the process of business analysis through case histories of real-world business issues, and will be responsible for developing solutions.

George Brown College has many industry partners and applied research project partners that benefit greatly from this program’s non-standard delivery format. Opportunities to complete semester three now include engaging in formal co-op placements, internships and applied research to provide students with the most opportunities possible to create relevant learning experiences.

These industry opportunities also contribute to students receiving the IIBA® Academic Diploma.

Careers

The BA/IT Strategist role is crucial into an increasingly prominent role throughout many sectors, including government, finance, healthcare and telecommunications.

There are approximately 150,000 Business Analysts (BA), Information Technology (IT) Strategist and related professionals in Canada.  These roles have been the fastest-growing ICT employment occupation in Canada due to the rapid growth in the deployment of and enhancements to information technology solutions in business settings.

Graduates of this program commonly apply for jobs such as:

  • Business Analyst;
  • Business Systems Analyst;
  • Computer Systems Analyst;
  • Informatics Consultant;
  • Information Systems Business Analyst;
  • Information Systems Quality Assurance Analyst;
  • Management Information Systems (MIS) Analyst.

Learning Outcomes

The uniqueness of this program is in creating a practicing business analyst rather than creating someone who knows how to do it. This program creates work-ready graduates who can do, and have done, the business analysis process through applied, hands-on experience.

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Document business processes using effective and established research and documentation methods and business improvement procedures;
  2. Plan and manage the requirements gathering activities throughout the requirements process for changes to a business system;
  3. Analyze the information collected during the requirements elicitation to identify gaps and define the capabilities of an acceptable solution using appropriate methods, tolls, techniques and documentation;
  4. Document business requirements in accordance with standard business practices;
  5. Communicate the results of business requirements analysis and documentation to a broad and diverse audience using appropriate communication tools and styles;
  6. Develop test strategies to ensure that business requirements and stakeholder objectives for changes to a business system are met;
  7. Apply negotiation and problem-solving skills to build effective stakeholder alignment.

Course Outline

SEMESTER ONE

  • BUS4051:  Foundations of Business Analysis
  • BUS4053:  Business Analysis Competencies and Techniques I
  • BUS4054:  I. T. Project Management
  • BUS4055:  Quantitative Research/Qualitative Research
  • BUS4061:  Business Analyst Case Study I
  • BUS4065:  Advanced Communications
  • COMP4017:  Introduction to Information Systems

SEMESTER TWO

  • BUS4062:  Business Analyst Case Study II
  • BUS4063:  Business Analysis Competencies and Techniques II
  • BUS4064:  Business Analyst Software Tools
  • BUS4072:  Portfolio Development and Work Search Preparation
  • BUS4078:  Trends and Perspectives in Business Analysis

If you decide to undertake Analysis and Analytics Specialization:

  • BUS4066:  Introduction to Analytics Systems
  • BUS4067:  User Interface Design/ User Experience

If you decide to undertake Finance Specialization:

  • FIN1003:  Financial Systems in Canada
  • FIN4015:  Canadian Securities I

SEMESTER THREE

  • TCOP4002 :  Co-op Work Placement OR
  • BUS4081:  Work Integrated Learning

Course Info

Course Code : T405

College : School of Computer Technology

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  20,280 for 3 semesters.  May semester fees are paid separately
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.


As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.



Intake Dates :

There are two intake dates every year:

  • September
  • January

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Computer Technology of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed a two-year or three-year College Diploma or Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Commerce, Engineering or related field from an accredited institution. 
    • You must there submit an education credential evaluation.
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  Talk to your Visa Counselor about this.
  • You must have completed a minimum one year of relevant work experience and must submit a resumé.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band;
    • PTE Academic:  60 overall minimum, 55 in each skill band

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