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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan and monitor the business analysis process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259280  Plan and monitor the business analysis process 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Computer Sciences and Information Systems 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable learners to plan and monitor the business analysis process for the duration of a project.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis to identify all stakeholders for a project.
  • Plan business analysis activities for a project.
  • Plan business analysis communication for a project.
  • Plan requirements management process for a project.
  • Plan, monitor and report on business analysis performance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Understanding of SDLC (systems development lifecycle) methodologies, techniques, notations, and stakeholder roles NQF Level 5.
  • Communication NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Conduct stakeholder analysis to identify all stakeholders for a particular project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Organisational standards and type are identified to determine potential stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Stakeholders are identified in accordance with the impact that a project would have of their business need. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Stakeholders are analysed to determine their influence and authority on the project. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Authority includes but is not limited to approve, sign off, veto.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Stakeholders are assessed to determine their attitude to the project requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Attitude includes but is not limited to full commitment, feedback frequency, reporting responsibilities, autonomy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A stakeholder list is produced to reflect their roles, responsibilities and impact on the project. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan business analysis activities for a project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work products that affect the analysis process are used to plan the process to be followed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work products include but are not limited to Stakeholder list, Stakeholder roles and responsibility designation, Organizational Standards.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Business analysis deliverables are identified and established in order to produce a plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Deliverables include but are not limited to business case, requirement specification, test requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The scope of work for the business analysis activities is defined in order to determine the extent of the analysis required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tasks for the business analysis activities are classified in order to identify the work breakdown structure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Task dependencies and interfaces between tasks are identified to influence the sequence in which the tasks need to be performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Estimates for business analysis activities are developed to assist with project planning processes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Estimates include but are not limited to time, skill level, complexity of tasks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Business analysis plans are produced to include aspects of analysis. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Aspects of analysis include but are not limited to Enterprise Analysis, Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring, Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Analysis, Solution Assessment and Validation, Requirements Management and Communication.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan business analysis communication for a project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The business analysis plan is used to determine the communication requirements of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The information required by various stakeholders is established in order to provide the results of the business analysis process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A decision is made on which communication method is best suited for specific stakeholder. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    The decision is based on criteria that include but are not limited to constraints, impacts, durability and trade-offs of different communications media. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A communication plan is produced to regulate the flow and dissemination of project related information to all stakeholders. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Plan requirements management process for a project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The business analysis plan is used to determine the requirements management processes of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The approach to requirements changes and traceability is explored to ensure consistency and accountability in respect of analysis decisions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A Project plan is discussed reflecting the format in which requirements will be captured and communicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A management plan is produced to ensure that requirements are managed throughout the life cycle of a project. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Manage business analysis performance. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Manage includes plan, monitor, control and report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work products are utilised to determine how the performance of the business analysis activities are measured. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work products include but are not limited to Organizational Performance Standards, Actual Performance Metrics, Business Analysis Plan(s), Requirements Management Plan.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The identified metrics are used to monitor the progress of the business analysis processes and activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Problems are identified and appropriate corrective action is determined to facilitate successful implementation and conclusion of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A project review is conducted to determine areas for continuous improvement. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring.
  • Activities to complete a business analysis effort.
  • Identification of stakeholders.
  • Selection of business analysis techniques.
  • Process to manage requirements.
  • How to assess the progress of the work in order to make necessary changes in work effort.
  • Business analysis planning.
  • Project plan.
  • Project management responsibilities include organizing and coordinating business analysis activities with the needs of the rest of the project team.
  • Plan the execution of business analysis tasks.
  • Update or change the approach to business analysis as required.
  • Assess effectiveness of and continually improve business analysis practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Identifying organisational types and standards to determine who the stakeholders are and what their needs are. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Assessment of stakeholder attitudes towards project requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively through:
  • Planning business analysis activities for a project. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information when:
  • Scoping business analysis activities to determine extent of analysis required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Planning and implementing business analysis communication for a project. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science, technology and indigenous knowledge effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others through:
  • Dissemination of information to stakeholders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Planning requirements management processes of a project. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63909   National Certificate: Business Analysis  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


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