Business Analysis and Consulting
PgCert

2021/22 Full-time Postgraduate course

Award:

Postgraduate Certificate

Faculty:

Ulster University Business School

School:

The Business Institute

Campus:

Belfast campus

Start date:

January 2022

Overview

Advancing business analysis and consulting capability in a tech-led world.

Summary

This new PgCert Business Analysis and Consulting was created to meet the increasing demand for business analysis and consulting skills in the professional services and tech-led sectors.

Co-designed with industry, we have created an extremely relevant and practical course, ensuring a close fit with the skills required by employers. The course aims to develop the business analysis and consulting skills and knowledge required for business improvement, transformation or innovation. You will cover topics such as understanding and evaluating business needs, structured problem solving, benefits realisation, risk analysis, stakeholder and client management and tech and data science in consulting. You’ll graduate with skills highly relevant in today’s industry.

The course is ideal for people who would like to work in a consultancy role, particularly in the professional services or technology sector. It’s also suitable for people experienced in technology or tech-led project roles who want to progress their careers in business analysis and consulting or management. This PgCert is part of the MSc Business in Technology (MBT) and, when completed, there’s an option of progressing to the Masters programme.


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About this course

Attendance

This is a full-time course that combines face-to-face and pre-recorded video tutorials for study in your own time. Students will begin the full-time PgCert Business Analysis and Consulting in January and will normally complete the course during the spring semester.

Start dates

  • January 2022

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching is delivered primarily through lectures, pre-recorded video tutorials and presentations from industry professionals.

Online tutorials and assignment support clinics are provided, along with one-to-one support.

Where appropriate, course materials are available online, offering you the flexibility to study at your own pace, any place and time.

The course uses a variety of assessment methods, e.g., coursework, presentations and class tests to allow us to provide you with valuable feedback on your progress.

Content

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

In this section

Year one

Business Analysis and Consulting

Year: 1

The aim of this module is to provide the skills and capabilities required to undertake effective business analysis to manage and implement change. It focuses on developing the practical, evaluative and analytical skills required to influence and develop strategy and performance that achieve sustainable outcomes. Subjects covered in include business analysis tools and processes, understanding and evaluating business needs, business problem solving, benefits realisation and impact measurement.

Stakeholder and Client Management

Year: 1

This module aims to enable participants to apply the principles and practices of effective stakeholder and client management, particularly in implementing sustainable change and delivering sustainable outcomes. The module will develop the skills and capabilities required to influence and manage key stakeholders and manage clients. Subjects covered include stakeholder analysis, client and stakeholder management and influencing and negotiating.

Consultancy in Practice

Year: 1

This module aims to develop and apply valuable business analysis and consulting skills; in particular, business investigation and analysis, reporting, benefits realisation and stakeholder and client management. The module uses project-based learning methodologies to provide students with an understanding of how business analysis and consulting skills and knowledge can be applied to a 'real life' consulting project. This is particularly relevant to students requiring an understanding of business analysis to strengthen their progression on a management career path within the Business Analyst/Consulting sector.

Tech and Data Science in Consulting

Year: 1

This module aims to explore a variety of data storage, management and analysis paradigms in order to enables students to effectively understand the OSEMN data science pipeline.

Within this module, the OSEMN pipeline will be applied to obtaining meaning and insights from an array of disparate data sources which align to the definition of big data.

Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained

(i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification;

and

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

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Postgraduate

Typically we require applicant for taught programmes to hold the equivalent of a UK first degree (usually in a relevant subject area). Please refer to the specific entry requirements for your chosen course of study as outlined in the online prospectus. We consider students who have good grades in the following:

Typically, we require applicants for taught programmes to hold the equivalent of a UK first degree.

Please refer to the specific entry requirements for your chosen course of study as outlined in the online prospectus.

The comparable US qualifications are as follows:

Qualification

  • UK 2:1 Degree - Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4
  • UK 2:2 Degree - Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.6 out of 4

Financial Information

In addition to the scholarships and bursaries open to all international students, US students may apply for Federal and Private US loans

English Language

English Language Requirement
Qualification
Level 12 English Lang in HSD

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Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Business analysis and consulting skills are used in a range of sectors, across a breadth of areas, from consulting, strategy, transformation management, people operations, project management, risk management and technology. With an increasing demand for business analysis and consulting skills, the PgCert Business Analysis and Consulting is highly relevant in today’s marketplace. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in consultancy roles, particularly in the technology and professional services sector.

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Start dates

  • January 2022

Fees and funding

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Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Helen McKenna

Tel: +44 28 9036 6279

Email: h.mckenna@ulster.ac.uk

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