Information Technology

Course Approach:

We use:
An approach to learning that is one of balance: balance between the academic, the formally taught classroom element, with exercises and scenarios, and practice. But the scales are biased towards the practical whenever possible. Our courses offer a proven blend of brain friendly, appreciative and experiential learning approaches.

An approach that encourages participants to live the learning experience: once the participants have been focused on the knowledge, skills or attitudes under consideration they are presented with a structured and shared learning experience relevant to the concepts and skills being studied. As a result of the experience participants are helped to develop a shared understanding of their experience and the practices and values that lead to success. Based on this understanding participants are encouraged to explore their work environment to discover where the learning can be implemented. Finally participants develop action plans to ensure transfer of learning to the workplace.

Our Courses are designed to be:

  • Participative: encouraging lively participant interaction, discussion and peer-to-peer learning
  • Hands-on and Practical: learning that focuses on the how-to, and achieves a balance between theoretical input and practical application in the workplace.
  • Action-oriented: providing people with the inspiration to take action
  • Varied: using a combination of learning media, individual and group activities
  • Relevant and meaningful in its consequences

Course List: Modelling the Business

All businesses are in a state of constant change and, if they are to remain effective, must constantly review their processes in order to ensure they remain supportive of the business objectives. The courses shown below enable employees to challenge the ways in which business is conducted to reduce waste, increase throughput and handle exceptions effectively.

Modelling the Business Days Modelling the Business Days
Requirements Engineering* 3 Human-Centred Business Analysis 5
Systems Modelling in UML* 3 Principles of Object Orientation 2
Modelling Business Processes* 3 Modelling Business Information 2
Agile for Analysts 2 Modelling Business Rules 1
Use Case Modelling 1 Business Process Improvement 1
Developing Test Cases from Use Cases 1 Commercial Awareness* 3
Introduction to Business Architecture 3 Systems Development* 3
Enterprise Architecture* 3 Business Change* 3
Business Analysis Practice* 3 Structured Systems Analysis and Design 3
User Experience Design 1 Prototyping 1
Development Frameworks 1 Fundamentals of the UML** 3
Green IT Practices* 3    
*Optional examination through the British Computer Society Certification Scheme
**Optional Examination through the OMG Certified UML Professional (OCUP) Scheme

Course List: Inter-personal Skills for Systems Development

At the heart of all systems development initiatives are human beings and their IT requirements. Interpersonal skills are required by all IT professionals to help elicit requirements, facilitate technical meetings, solve problems and generally guide the user population to a clear definition of what they need, as opposed to what they want. For business analysts in particular, these skills are regarded as equally important to the more technical ones but all roles in the industry need to be able to communicate effectively with the business to ensure close alignment to its objectives and strategy.

Inter-personal Skills for Systems Development Days Inter-personal Skills for Business Development Days
Interviewing for Results 1 Presenting Technical Options 2
Facilitating Technical Meetings 1 Developing a Business Case 2
Negotiating and Influencing 1 IT Consulting 1
Stakeholder Management 1 Outsourcing 1
Problem Solving 1 Brainstorming 1
Strength, Deployment, Inventory (SDI) psychometrics 2