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    Candidates learn the ways to managing requirements in an organization

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    The course is accredited by BCS and part of the International Diploma

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    Delegates learn from experienced and certified faculty

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    The certification provides high level jobs and subsequently better salaries in the respective field

Today Business Analysis is becoming a field much sought after by any business and Business Analysts are in demand as such. The Business Analyst needs to learn a range of techniques to benefit them so that they can be used to identify, analyse and document business system requirements within a context framework for requirements engineering. Stakeholders who wish to gain or improve their skills in business system requirements investigation and specification can also benefit. We at Pentagon Training believe in providing these skills to our delegates so that they can accomplish the required tasks of their job profile. This course is a part of the Core modules which needs to be completed as a part of the International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Who should take this course

This BCS Certificate in Requirement Engineering is meant for those delegates who want an indepth knowledge of Business Analysis. They can be  business managers and their staff,business change managers,Business analysts,   and project managers. Those hoping to acquire the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis can also attend. The BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering is one of the four modules that are covered under the BCS International Diploma Program.



There are no special prerequisites for the said course. The delegates would, however, find themselves in good stead if they have some knowledge of business analysis basics.


What Will You Learn

  • The Roles And Responsibilities Of Key Stakeholders In The Requirements Engineering Process
  • Application of A Range Requirements Elicitation Techniques
  • Requirements Elicitation Techniques - Uses And Relevance To Given Situations
  • Documenting And Prioritizing User Requirements For An Information System
  • Problems with Requirements
  • Improving Requirements Documentation

What's included

  Course Overview

Requirements stakeholders in order to make sure that different perspectives are fulfilled by the requirements and that conflicts are negotiated in such a way that they become the opinion of all.

Requirement Engineering

The course is targeted to those people ambitious to acquire the skills  for establishing system requirements.


  • The Exam Fees is not covered/ included in the course fees and has to be paid while registering for the exam.
  • The exam can only be taken after completing the BCS Certificate in Requirement Engineering course.

  Course Content

Introduction to Requirement Engineering

  • Framework for Requirements Engineering
  • Rationale for Requirements Engineering and the problems with requirements
  • The Definition and Characteristics of Requirement
  • The Characteristics of a Requirements Engineering Process
  • The Problems of Defining Requirements
  • The Requirements Engineering Framework
  • Requirement Engineering Activities
  • Importance of Requirements Planning and Estimating
  • Business Rationale and Input
  • Business Process Analysis Model and Inputs into ‘The Define Requirements’ Stage
  • Business Case in Project Life-Cycle
  • Terms of Reference/ Project Initiation Document/ Project Charter–business objectives, project objectives, scope, constraints (budget, timescale, standards), sponsor (authority), resources and assumptions

Hierarchy of requirements

  • Building the hierarchy through decomposition of requirements
  • Categories of requirements within the hierarchy
  • General business requirements, including legal and business policy
  • Technical policy requirements
  • Functional requirements
  • Non-functional requirements, that include performance, availability, robustness, usability, robustness, access, security, archiving, backup and recovery

Stakeholders in the requirements process

  • The definition of the term ‘stakeholder
  • Role and Contribution of Project Stakeholders to the requirements engineering process
    • Project Manager
    • Business Analysis
    • Solution
    • Developer
    • Testers
    • Architects
  • Role and contribution of Business Stakeholders to the requirements engineering process
    • Project Sponsor
    • Subject matter expert
    • End users and managers
    • Role and Contribution of External stakeholders to the requirements engineering process
      • Customers
      • Regulators
      • Suppliers - products and services

Requirements Elicitation

  • Knowledge types –tacit and non-tacit(explicit)
  • Elicitation techniques
    • Interviews
    • Workshops
    • Observation
    • Formal/informal
    • Shadowing
    • Focus groups
    • Prototyping
    • Scenarios
    • Document Analysis
    • Special purpose records
    • Questionnaires
    • Activity sampling
  • Understanding the applicability of techniques

Use of models in Requirements Engineering

  • The purpose of modelling requirements
    • Generating questions
    • Cross checking for consistency and completeness
    • Defining business rules
  • Modelling the business context for the system using a context diagram that identifies the inputs and outputs of the system
  • Developing a model to represent the system processing requirements .Use case diagrams – actors, boundaries, associations, use cases
  • Interpreting a data model based upon the system data requirements Class diagram –classes, simple associations, multiplicities, attributes

Requirement documentation

  • Documentation styles and levels of definition
    • User Stories
    • Use Cases
    • Requirements List
    • Requirements Catalogue
  • Requirements Catalogue
  • Identifier
  • Name
  • Description
  • Acceptance criteria
  • Source
  • Owner
  • Rationale/Benefits
  • Related non-functional requirements
  • Priority
  • Type (functional, non-functional, general, technical)
  • Related requirements/documents
  • Author
  • Version control/status
  • Change history
  • Resolution
  • Requirements Document
  • Introduction and Background
  • Business Process Models
  • Function models (use case diagram) of defined requirements
  • Data model (class model) of defined requirements
  • Requirements catalogue
  • Glossary

Requirements Analysis

  • Prioritising and packaging requirements for delivery
  • Organising requirements
  • Requirements filters
  • Characteristics of a good requirement
  • Removing duplicated requirements
  • Reconciling overlapping requirements
  • Identifying and negotiating conflicts between requirements
  • Removing ambiguity
  • Ensuring feasibility(technical, business and financial)
  • Ensuring testability
  • Ensuring traceability
  • Prototyping requirements
  • Verifying requirements

Requirements Validation

  • Agreeing the requirements document
  • Types of reviews
    • Informal reviews
    • Structured walkthroughs (author-led review)
    • Technical reviews
    • Inspections
  • Stakeholders and their areas of concern

Requirements Management

  • Dealing with changing requirements
  • The sources of change
  • Change Management
  • Configuration management
  • The importance of traceability
    • Vertical traceability (to business objectives)
    • Horizontal traceability (from origin to deliver)
  • Traceability and ownership
  • Requirements Engineering support tools
    • CARE Tools (Computer Aided Requirements Engineering)
    • CASE Tools (Computer Aided Software Engineering)

Requirement Engineering

The candidates appearing for the BCS exam must bring some kind of photographic evidence to show at the examination hall to the invigilator.BCS allow additional time for candidates having some kind of disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. For details refer to the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify the Exam Administration team at least two weeks prior to the exam. Delegates failing to do so and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support.


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