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Business Analysis Pathway

To meet the demands of the evolving workplace it is critical to have a workforce that is made up of individuals who are problem-solvers, can communicate and engage with fellow colleagues, and are solutions oriented.

Our Business Analyst Program was created on the foundations of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge™ (BABOK®) and is aligned to prepare participants to sit for the differing levels of certifications based on their professional experience. Information on the different exam levels can be found at this link: http://www.iiba.org/Certification-Recognition/certification2016.aspx

Our program will focus on the following areas: Fundamentals of Business Analysis; Business Analyst Planning and Project Management; Requirements Elicitation and Analysis; Requirements Management and Communication; and Solution Assessment and Validation.

The program will include in-class and online lectures, discussions, quizzes, exams and final projects. Participants are expected to put in a fair amount of preparation time outside of class.

Textbook

A guide to the business analysis body of knowledge: BABOK guide. Volume 3. (2015). Toronto: Ontario: International Institute of Business Analysis.

(Note: There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor)

Fundamentals of Business Analysis, 40 hours
In this introductory course, participants will delve into the role and responsibilities of the business analyst (BA) - the communication link between all business areas and a critical player in project success. They will learn techniques for ensuring project success every step of the way, from identifying and analyzing potential projects to making sure that the final project product meets the identified requirements. This core class provides a basic understanding of the functions and business impact of the business analyst role. It focuses on business analysis functions as they relate to the development of enterprise-wide solutions and the business analysis project life cycle. Course topics include the role of the business analyst, gathering and documenting user requirements, modeling the business, business case analysis, process modeling, and quality management and testing.

Business Analyst Planning and Project Management, 40 hours
In this course participants will be given a general overview of business analysis and project management processes and standards, then delve in to the details of how business requirements planning and management fit in to those processes, and how particular tools and techniques are applied for project success. One of the most effective methods of delivering products and/or services within the constraints of scope, schedule, and cost is project management. In managing projects, the role of the business analyst has increased in importance over time because of the complexities of integrating new technologies and new processes in dynamic and ever changing business environments. Business analysis complements the project management function and focuses on defining and validating a strategic solution to meet business needs and goals.

Requirements Elicitation and Analysis, 40 hours
This course focuses on the analysis and documentation of requirements and the role of the business analyst. Topics include: capturing requirements in a business requirements document; project vision and scope; identifying users; types of requirements; elicitation techniques (context diagram, concept of operations etc.); structuring end user requirements; and documenting user requirements.

Requirements Management and Communication, 40 hours
The business analyst role requires additional skills and expertise in communicating technical concepts to others from different professional groups, hierarchical positions, or internal departments. This course covers how to advocate ideas upward through more effective issue analysis and argument selection, organize your thoughts and ideas to create effective and compelling technical presentations, inspire the need for urgency in decision-making and separate a real opportunity from a resource drain. Course includes role-plays, activities and interactive discussions.

Solution Assessment and Validation, 40 hours
This course focuses on testing, test plans and on differentiating the roles of solution assessment and validation in achieving quality. Participants will understand and apply the principles of solution assessment to meet the needs of business goals and organizational objectives, demonstrate the ability to assess business readiness, operation impacts and stakeholder requirements, and learn to prioritize solution options, consider solution components individually, and coalesce solution analysis into relatable output.

- Section 1 - Feb 8 - Nov 22; W; 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm; 40 mtgs (Register Online)
Honolulu Community College; $3845
course code: BUS2907-001

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Digital Leadership, Digital Wisdom

An essential element of leadership today is digital leadership – how you use technology to become a more effective leader and help those you lead do the same. This workshop will guide you through a reflection on your relationship with technology and identify ways it improves, as well as challenges your professional life; discover and identify practical strategies or resources that will help you deal with technology challenges; and formulate digital leadership goals.

- Section 1 - May 9; T; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; 1 mtg
UH Maui College; $199
course code: BUS6250-May2017
Drones 101: Getting Started Workshop

This hands-on, interactive course provides an introduction to amateur drone technology, common ways UAVs are used, upcoming trends/ things to know, safety basics, getting started with a toy drone, hands-on practice in the classroom, and a demo in the field

- Section 1 - Feb 11; Sat; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1 mtg
UH Maui College; $139
course code: COM6080-002
Health Information Technology and Healthcare Delivery

This course will teach you about the design, development, and handling of health information data. Learn how information is stored, retained, and retrieved in accordance with ethical, legal, and voluntary rules, regulations, and standards, numbering and filing systems, documentation and form requirements, screen designs and content, use and structure of health data sets, and how these components relate to primary and secondary record systems.

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze health record data sets in order to construct reports, graphs, and data maps according to industry standards
  2. Classify healthcare information requirements and determine if an organization is meeting industry standards.
  3. Analyze health information situations to determine the most probable healthcare delivery system to locate needed information.
  4. Apply knowledge of healthcare privacy, confidentiality, and ethical issues in accordance with laws and industry standards.
  5. Apply data security, data storage, and retrieval skills to organize and locate health information needed for continuity of care, billing, and legal requirements.

This course is part of the Certified Coding Series where courses may be taken individually for professional development.

Required Prep:

Completion of Computers in Healthcare

- Section 1 - Feb 21 - Apr 11; TTh; 5:45 pm - 8:45 pm; 15 mtgs
Leeward Community College; $645
course code: HLTH5470-0221
Introduction to Data Analysis

Introduction to Data Analysis sets a foundation for those interested in pursuing more advanced topics in data analysis.

Becoming a data analyst requires proficiency in several areas:
• Data wrangling
• Programming
• Statistical methods
• Machine learning
• Data visualization

There is truly a vast amount of open data available to anyone who knows where to find it, but data is often found in a form that does not lend itself to analysis.

Data wrangling is the use of tools and techniques to transform unstructured data into structured data from which descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics can be derived. Business leaders depend on high-quality, real-time analytics to make informed business decisions. This "business intelligence" enables a company to differentiate itself from its competition, but high-quality, real-time analytics is the end game. One has to walk before they can run. Data analysts often point out that roughly 70% of their work involves data wrangling.

This course sets you on a successful path in data analysis by building a solid foundation. A course will follow that introduces learners to machine learning via Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio.

Recommended Prep:

Algebra and basic statistics. No programming experience is required - the necessary R programming will be learned in the context of working with data sets.

- Section 1 - Apr 3 - Apr 19; MW; 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm; 6 mtgs (Register Online)
Honolulu Community College; Lewis; $845
course code: COM2082-005
Introduction to GIS & GPS Concepts, Part II

This course teaches the basic concepts and skills of GIS/GPS to use GPS in the field and to visualize and analyze GIS data.

Lesson topics include:
• Datums and projections
• Using a GPS to naviage and collect field info
• Continued instruction on Transferring GPS data to ArcGIS
• Georeferencing/Remote Sensing

At the end of this course, you will:
• Understand the difference between a Datum and Projection
• Know what common datums and projections are used in Hawaii
• Use a GPS with proficiency to collect data
• Understand how to Georeference a satellite image
• Understand the History of Hawaiian Cartography
• Demonstrate a presentation using maps to tell a story

Required Prep:

Completion of Introduction to GIS/GPS, Part 1 or equivalent experience

- Section 1 - Apr 17 - May 15; MW; 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm; 9 mtgs
Kaua‘i Community College; $405
course code: COM4910-001
Linux I

The Linux open source operating system is used across business functions because of its flexibility and potential to facilitate innovation. 97% of hiring managers plan to hire someone with Linux skills within the next six months and 88% of those managers say it’s difficult to find Linux talent. Linux skills are desired in job areas ranging from Web developers to network administrators to device field engineers.

Topics include but are not limited to:
• System architecture
• System software installation and management
• Linux Command Line Interface (CLI)
• Working with text
• Devices
• Linux file systems
• File system hierarchy standards
• File management

Linux I can be your first step to careers in cloud computing, cybersecurity, information systems, networking, programming, software development, and big data.

This course prepares you for the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 Exam 101 and the CompTIA Linux+ certification. Additional study prior to taking the certification exam is recommended.

- Section 1 - Feb 15 - May 10; MW; 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm; 20 mtgs (Register Online)
Honolulu Community College; Mediati; $1785
course code: COM2080-003
Practical Programming with Python 1

The Practical Programming with Python series is for the beginner programmer in Python. Python is ranked the 2nd most popular language in the world based upon the PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index (http://pypl.github.io/PYPL.html). Python’s ease of use makes it a good introductory language to those who are new to programming. Each class in The Practical Programming with Python series builds upon the last, covering popular applications of Python.

Practical Programming with Python 1 is for the beginning programmer. You will be introduced to fundamental concepts such as simple input, simple output, while loops, and selection (conditional) statements. You will create your own guessing game that involves the use of these concepts. Through the interactive web interface, Jupyter Notebook, you will be introduced to the world of Python programming.

- Section 1 - Mar 3; F; 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm; 1 mtg (Register Online)
Honolulu Community College; $85
course code: COM2085-001
Practical Programming with Python 2

The Practical Programming with Python series is for the beginner programmer in Python. Python is ranked the 2nd most popular language in the world based upon the PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index (http://pypl.github.io/PYPL.html). Python’s ease of use makes it a good introductory language to those who are new to programming. Each class in The Practical Programming with Python series builds upon the last, covering popular applications of Python.

Practical Programming with Python 2 introduces you to lists, for loops, and file input. Lists are Python’s array-like objects. They can be processed using for loops. A good application of this is file input. Input files will be taken from exported Excel spreadsheets. File input using Excel spreadsheet exports is a practical skill for people who store data in spreadsheets. Training includes hands-on exercises to apply theories to real world applications.

Recommended Prep: Completion of Practical Programming with Python 1

- Section 1 - Mar 10; F; 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm; 1 mtg (Register Online)
Honolulu Community College; $85
course code: COM2086-001
Practical Programming with Python 3

The Practical Programming with Python series is for the beginner programmer in Python. Python is ranked the 2nd most popular language in the world based upon the PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index (http://pypl.github.io/PYPL.html). Python’s ease of use makes it a good introductory language to those who are new to programming. Each class in The Practical Programming with Python series builds upon the last, covering popular applications of Python.

Practical Programming with Python 3 involves HTML scraping and XML parsing using BeautifulSoup. While XML is traditionally known as a data storage format for the web, there can be valuable data found inside of HTML pages. BeautifulSoup can be used to obtain data from either HTML or XML files. This is a useful skill for those who handle data from online sources. As with other Python classes, this hands-on approach to training reinforces the value of Python Programming.

Recommended Prep: Completion of Practical Programming with Python 2

- Section 1 - Mar 17; F; 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm; 1 mtg (Register Online)
Honolulu Community College; $85
course code: COM2087-001