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Business Analysis Planning and Project Management

A required course in the Business Analysis certificate program.

Course Description

Project management is a time tested, proven approach to delivering products and/or services within the constraints of scope, schedule, and cost. In managing projects, the business analyst role has increased in importance and changed over time because of the complexities of integrating new technologies and new processes into dynamic and ever-changing business environments. Business analysis complements the project management function and focuses on defining and validating a solution to meet business needs and goals that align with the business strategy. Topics include business analysis planning, needs assessment, project planning and initiation, stakeholder analysis, risk planning, and schedule / resource allocations. Using a practical learning approach, students will create a business case and project plan, as well as additional artifacts that support these two important project deliverables. The course utilizes best practices from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) and the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Guide to Business Analysis, the industry standards for the Business Analyst profession.

We highly recommend students complete MGMT_X481.41 Fundamentals of Business Analysis prior to enrolling in this course, and to follow the sequence of courses as shown on the course schedule. MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) or compatible products are needed for the class assignments. NOTE: This course may have optional, live sessions via Zoom. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in your course. A device with audio and visual will be needed to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access your courses Zoom sessions.

  • Details
  • $735
  • April 01, 2024 to June 09, 2024
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00147
  • ID/Units: MGMT X481.42  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: Spring 2024


Brad F. Larkins, M.S. is the former principal manager of Information Technology at Southern California Edison. He has over 30 years of experience in the information technology and electric public utility industries. His experience includes program and project management, business application development, technology maintenance and operations, and cyber security. Brad led the IT program management office (PMO) at SCE. The organization effectively managed scope, schedule, budget, and quality of programs and projects throughout the company. In addition, the organization managed company standards, guidelines, tools, and templates for project management, business analysis, and system analysis. Previously, Mr. Larkins taught the Presenting Powerful Business Analytics course for UCI Department Continuing Education and is now teaching Business Analysis Planning and Project Management.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Required Textbook(s):

The PMI Guide to Business Analysis
Book - ISBN: 9781628251982
Project Management Institute, 1 ed, Project Management Institute

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide)
Book - ISBN: 9781927584026
IIBA, 3 ed, IIBA

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START04/01/2024Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END06/09/2024Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---