Digital Business Design and Innovation
You will be given an introduction to a wide range of the tools of a business analyst, both software and techniques. These are the tools of a professional and, should you take a major or minor in Information Systems, would be targets for you to study in depth. In this section of the portfolio you should record exactly how to use each tool (how to run the software or what the steps are in the analysis technique). The length of this section will vary depending upon the number of new tools introduced. At the start there will be several each week. The list at the end of this document details the minimum instructional material each week.
Do: have some instruction for every new thing covered in lecture and tutorial. These can include things specific to completing your assignments (like: “an executive summary should be less than a page”. Add notes given to you in your appendices.
Don’t: skip material if you miss a class. It is YOUR responsibility to make up for any missed classes.
In this section you should be able to see a progression through the entries as your understanding of the role of the business analyst becomes more educated. Make an entry each week. The comments here should be reflective and personal to you. An entry might say “I noticed that my restaurant was disorganised. If they used … it would save them money. The process flow diagram was hard to draw but seems a sensible way to analyse the business. The Use Cases seem no help at all.” Do not put entries here that you want me to hear like “flow diagrams and use cases are methods of analysis” as this shows no reflection. The section should help you reflect on the value of each part of the subject to your future. It is especially useful to you to think about how the work relates to your possible futures. Good reflection is honest, such as “there is no way I will ever again write a program using VB, it is hard and boring” or “designing user interfaces is fun, I think I might like to do that when I start work.”
By the end of the course the entries would be expected to show more global and strategic thinking.
DO: make your entries honest. “I did not understand this” with an entry in the following week of “found a good explanation on the internet that told me the common use for this is …” is very impressive. For example, if your major is accounting, I would expect some harsh things being said about the chances of you using programming in your career.
DON’T: trivialise this section. It is the reflection on what is covered in class your understanding of where it all fits that provides the value of the subject as a tool for choosing later studies. Each week contains a number of very complex new ideas. Reflect on the bits you understood and those that were not clear.