Course Description


Well-written requirements deserve good design. But, that doesn’t mean that good design just jumps out of requirements. Functionality and design need to coexist to be successful.

Business analysts also wear the creative hat, balancing the functional needs with the elements of good design (sometimes referred to as non-functional requirements).

Explore creative thinking and analytical approaches needed to design solutions that meet business needs. Additionally, examine methods to ensure designs adhere to determined quality standards.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of good design as they apply to business and technical solutions
  • Explain the relationship between requirements and design
  • Recognize the elements of good design
  • Apply types of thinking to resolve a problem (e.g. systems thinking, problem-solving, visual thinking, critical thinking)
  • Identify and recommend corrections to basic design flaws in real-world scenarios
  • Develop processes to support validation of requirements and design

Topics Covered

  • Types of thinking: Creative, Design, Systems, Visual
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Business Rules
  • Process Modelling
  • Data Modelling
  • Data Analytics
  • Quality Assurance and Testing
  • Prototyping
  • Principles of Good Design

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Synchronous
M, W
6:00PM to 9:00PM
May 06, 2024 to May 27, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $599.00
  • Tendai Chakabuda
Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

Students will require access to a computer with the required software, Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors).

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system, and Zoom web conferencing software. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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