Business Case Development
I: Administrative Information II: Course Details
III: Topical Outline(s) Printable Version
|Section I: Administrative Information
Total hours: 21.0
Credit Value: 1.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2015
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A
Course Leader or Contact: Multiple Course Leaders
Status: Approved (APPR)
Section I Notes:
This course is offered in a classroom version and an online version.
In the classroom version, classes are conducted on campus, students
engage in classroom instruction. The online version is a web-based
course offered entirely online through Sheridan College, students will
need reliable access to the internet. Students should have a basic
level of comfort using computers as well as the self-discipline to
| Section II: Course Details
Students learn to create a business case based on a real-life case
study and to communicate in a simulated environment, the business case
to decision makers and other stakeholders. Students learn to
differentiate between needs, goals and objectives and to set
quantifiable objectives. They perform a cost-benefit analysis to
calculate key financial metrics, including return on investment (ROI)
and payback period. Students apply tasks and techniques from the
Enterprise Analysis knowledge area of the BABOK (IIBA Business
Analysis Body of Knowledge) including the assessment of capability
gaps (gap analysis), the formulation of a problem statement, the
definition of the solution scope using a scope model (context
diagram), and the creation of a weighted scoring table to support the
decision process (decision analysis). Students participate in online
readings, discussions, quizzes and a group case study.
This is an elective course in
the Business Analysis Sheridan
Certificate offered through
the Faculty of Continuing and
||Program Coordinator: Jonathan Nituch
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability
to develop a business case for a proposed solution using a real life
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated
the ability to:
1. Identify the tasks and techniques in the Enterprise Analysis
Knowledge Area of the BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge).
2. Formulate a problem statement to identify the business need.
3. Create a context diagram, to define the scope of the proposed
4. Perform a cost-benefit analysis to provide a basis for comparing
the alternatives presented in a business case.
5. Calculate metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to
determine whether the organization objectives have been met by the
6. Create a weighted scoring table, to rank and select from among the
alternatives considered in the business case.
7. Develop a business case, to justify an investment in a proposed
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
Online Evaluation Plan
Graded Discussions(4X5%) 20%
Online Assignment 30%
Group Work Project 30%
Weekly Quizzes (4X5% 20%
In-class Activities(4X5%) 20%
Individual Assignment 30%
Group Work Project 30%
Weekly Quizzes (4X5%) 20%
All assignments must be completed as individual or group efforts,
based on the instructor's specifications. Assignments are due on the
dates specified within the course. Late assignments may be subject to
The course meets the following Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
||Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact: Registrar’s Office
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement
of the course learning outcomes through previous life and work experiences.
This course is eligible for challenge through the following
||Not Eligible for PLAR
| Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Winter 2015
Professor: Multiple Professors
1. Developing a Business Case (Pocket Mentor), Harvard Business School
2. Case Studies. Students will be expected to purchase case studies.
Information will be provided by the instructor.
Applicable student group(s): In-Class and Online Students in the Faculty of Continuing and
- Welcome and Introductions
Module 1: Defining the business need and the solution scope
- The key elements of a business case
- Problem or Vision Statement
- Context diagram (Scope Modeling)
Learning Outcomes covered: 1, 2, 3
Learning activities and Assessments: Quiz (5%), Discussions (2x5=10%)
Module 2: Performing a cost-benefit analysis
- Cost-benefit analysis
- Metrics and Key Performance Indicators
Learning Outcomes covered: 4, 5
Learning activities and Assessments: Assignment (30%), Quizzes
(2x5=10%), Discussion (5%)
Module 3: Making a decision & developing a business case
- Decision analysis
- Risk analysis
- Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria Definition
Learning Outcomes covered: 6, 7
Learning activities and Assessments: Group Work Project (30%), Quiz
(5%), Discussion (5%)
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