BCS Certificate In Requirements Engineering – Virtual Classroom

Course Length: 3 Full days (09:00-17:00)

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GTA University Centre, Guernsey

As self-isolation rules will be in place at the time of this course, prohibiting our UK based tutor from coming to Guernsey, this course will be held in a virtual classroom.

This intensive three-day course develops the skills needed to work with requirements stakeholders to ensure that requirements satisfy various perspectives and that conflicts are negotiated to a position of consensus.

You will learn how to work with stakeholders and other requirements actors to ensure the requirements are complete, unambiguous, realistic and testable.

This course is for those wishing to acquire the skill set required for establishing system requirements and those wishing to attain the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering.


The Requirements Engineering Process;

Lifecycle for business change; Business plans and objectives; Problems with requirements; The stakeholders involved in RE; RE process overview.

Requirements and the Business Context;

Hierarchy of requirements; TOR/PID; Functional requirements; Non-Functional requirements; General/Technical requirements; Service level requirements.

Eliciting and Documenting Requirements;

Problems with elicitation; Different stakeholders viewpoints; Elicitation techniques; Facilitated workshops in detail; Prioritisation of requirements; The structure and contents of a requirement.

Interviewing for Requirements;

Interviewing for RE; The interviewing lifecycle; Planning, preparing, conducting and following up the interview; Questioning strategies.

Use of Models in Requirements Engineering;

Developing a process/functional model; Reading a static (data) model.

Analysing and Negotiating Requirements;

Iterating requirements; Congruence with business objectives; Analysing requirements against: Classification, Priority, Ambiguity, Testability, Risk, Granularity, Omissions, Conflicts, Overlaps, and Achievability; Resolving conflicts.

Validating Requirements;

Requirements validation; Requirements reviews; Validation checklist; Validation by prototyping.

Managing Requirements;

The principles of requirements management (RM); How the '4 pillars' support RM; The baseline mechanism; The role of the Change Control Board.


Course Benefits


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the requirements engineering process
  • Demonstrate the application of a range of requirements elicitation techniques
  • Explain the use of requirements elicitation techniques and the relevance of the techniques to given situations
  • Document and prioritise user requirements for an information system
  • Identify problems with requirements and explain how requirements documentation may be improved
  • Create a process/function model of requirements for an information system
  • Interpret a model of the data requirements for an information system
  • Explain the importance of linking project objectives and requirements to the Business Case
  • Describe the principles of Requirements Management and explain the importance of managing requirements
  • Describe the use of CASE tools to support Requirements Engineering
  • Explain the principles of Requirements Validation and define an approach to validating requirements

This qualification can form part of the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis and covers the knowledge-based element of the qualification. Further modules for the Diploma are available at the GTA. Please see the related course links below for more information on these modules.


Tutor Profile

Ed Walters

A Business Systems Development Consultant with international exposure.

Extensive practical experience with industry standard tools, frameworks and methodologies for Business Systems Analysis and Design and IT Project Management, including UML, BPMN, OOAD, PRINCE, UP/RUP, SSADM and TOGAF.

Hands on, full lifecycle systems development experience with IT-enabled Business Systems change, mainly within the Operations Business Function, but also with MI and Quality Management systems.

Development and delivery of training material for COTS packages and a number of the current BCS/ISEB BSD modules, mainly in the ISEB Solutions Development and Business Analysis Diplomas.

Business Analysis sector experience includes Hospitality, Construction, Transportation, Logistics and Manufacturing.

Ed Walters is an Examiner for the BCS within the ISEB Oral Examinations programme.