Dr. Catherine Martin
Business Analysis Instructor
Senior Principal Quality Engineer, Space and Airborne Systems, Raytheon Company
7 years of teaching experience, 20 years of experience in the workplace.
Dr.Catherine Martin is a lead instructor in the Business Analysis Certificate Program at California State University, Fullerton. In this Q&A, she talks about program benefits, the value of a classroom setting for learning, and common career paths for graduates of the program.
What are some of the benefits of a classroom setting for learning?
My approach is to integrate the theoretical with the practical workplace environment and prepare students to be the leaders of the future. I bring to life the principles and theories of the textbooks with everyday experiences in the workplace and this is best done in a classroom setting. The students engage in active dialogue in the classroom. I present to the student the realities of business analysis in the workplace and what they will need to know to succeed. The student’s will experience what it is like to work in a world class company and how to excel in that environment. The students gain valuable life experiences so that they can compete and win.
What is one of your favorite case studies/courses in this program?
Performing and Enterprise Analysis Course. Students will understand generally accepted tools and methods for analyzing a business and supporting processes and technology. Students plan and successfully execute a required enterprise analysis, providing their Sponsor with valuable outcomes. The ultimate goal of business analysis is to propose strategic solutions to business problems. In order to do that, business analysts need to first determine the current enterprise needs and problems based on research and assessment from multiple sources. Enterprise analysis describes the activities performed to understand the organization's environment, structure, business process, model and needs. This course focuses on how to identify business needs, how to establish a business case, and how to develop high-level statement of goals, objectives and strategies based on the organization's existing standards and infrastructure.
Is there anything else that students should know in order to be successful in this program?
The student will participate in discussions, group activities and in the final presentation. After the lecture-discussion with audio-visual accompaniment the students cooperate on class assignments, form study groups and participate in brainstorming activities. In addition to standard tests and quizzes, students are given the opportunity to choose and present a project. The student will be challenged to think critically and creatively. The textbooks provide the concepts and facts that are commonly used in the Business Analyst field and examples of real world application of the material covered are discussed.
How does a program like the Business Analysis Certificate program prepare students for successful careers in this field?
A business analyst (BA) is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology. The BA helps in guiding businesses in improving processes, products, services and software through data analysis.
The student will attain critical, creative, and practical thinking skills necessary to flourish in business environments. Essentially, the student will understand how to apply their learning to solve real-world challenges.
What are some common career paths for graduates? For example, what is a job title that someone might have once they finish the program?
Business Analysts (BA) work in different industries such as finance, banking, insurance, telecoms, utilities, software services, government, engineering and so on. Due to working on projects at a fairly high level of abstraction, BAs can switch between any and all industries. Typical job title is: Senior Business Analyst, Lead Business Analyst, Business Analyst, Principal Proposal Analyst, and Business Systems Analyst.
You can learn more about the Business Analysis Certificate Program – including information on dates, cost and registration – on our program page.Business Analysis