Information Systems Business Analysis

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: Ontario College Graduate Certificate (1 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 2 Semesters

Program Code: B305

This program is currently open to international students only.

Practically all businesses depend on Information Technology. There is a growing need for companies to understand and strategically manage huge quantities of information allowing them to grow and maintain a competitive edge in industry. This has created a need for professionals with knowledge skill sets in both the business and technology fields individuals who can turn a vision into a reality. Computers, the Internet, wireless communications, databases are all forms of information technology which are used to collect, analyze, and share information. Information systems management examines how this technology can be used effectively in a constantly changing business environment.

The Information Systems Business Analysis program (ISBA) will help you develop critical skills in areas such as: application software, business data analysis and modeling, customer engagement management, business processes, enterprise resource planning, and communications.

A fundamental part of the post-graduate ISBA is the opportunity for experiential learning integrated with in program. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the practice of business analysis for information technology (IT) by working through case studies and industry projects.

Contact Information

For questions about being admitted into the program, please contact Northern College Admissions at or by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 7222.

For questions about the content of the program, contact the Program Coordinator.

Mikayla Lachance
Program Coordinator

Student Success & The Northern Experience

Our Information Systems Business Analysis program (ISBA) will help you develop critical skills in areas such as application software, business data analysis and modeling, customer engagement management, business processes, enterprise resource planning, and communications.

A fundamental part of the post-graduate ISBA program is the opportunity for experiential learning integrated with in program. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the practice of business analysis for information technology (IT) by working through case studies and industry projects.

This program is currently open to international students only. International student can apply online through the OCAS International Application Service (IAS) Applicant Portal.

Apply on OCAS International

Course Information

Course descriptions can be found below.

Please note, course information is based on our current offering and is subject to change. Current students can find more information on courses in their student account.

If you have questions or require program information for previous academic years, please contact the Program Coordinator.

More information can be found in the Progra\m Outline [PDF, 166 KB]. Program Outlines can also be found in the archives.

Program Outline [PDF, 166 KB]

2024-2025 Academic Year

Semester 1

This subject is designed to provide the students the knowledge to understand information systems and technologies and their importance to the success of business organization. The instructor will present examples to teach students that the effective integration of Information System with knowledge can drive the creation of significant business value.

42 Hours

This course is designed to provide students the updated discussion of the ethical and social issues that continue to evolve as computing and information technologies continue to advance. Student will gain knowledge about computer ethics, the legal aspects of computing, network security, and computer crime investigation.This cours is also designed to teach students how to define ethical issues, and apply ethical reasoning to those issues to determine possible solutions. Students will learn the importance of risk assessment in computer technology, and how traditional intellectual property laws can be applied to technological advancements.

42 Hours

Students examine the core business processes that are integral to the activities of a business. Students study Enterprise Resource Planning systems, the integration of transaction level processes and the “Order-to-Cash”, “Procure-to-Pay”, and the “Production” processes. Financial and Controlling processes as well as Human Resource processes are also examined. Business processes define the steps involved in completing various business activities, such as order taking, purchasing, materials management, financial accounting and planning. Understanding these processes and how they cross department and organizational boundaries is critical to assessing real world business operations. Students enhance their knowledge of how computer systems support business processes through extensive hands-on experience using commercial based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software simulation.

42 Hours

This course will present the essential skills for designing and working with relational databases. Students will acquire a solid foundation in Structured Query Language (SQL) by working on a series of existing databases. Techniques for the design and implementation of databases will be presented following the principles of normalization and referential integrity.

42 Hours

In this course, students will gain practical experience with the essential features of Microsoft Office – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint to enhance their communication and analytical skills. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisite. Students will gain hands-on experience with file management, software settings, system security, Word Reports (APA Functions), tables, advanced presentation functions, summarizing and analyzing data in Excel through a series of learning activities, projects, and exercises that focus on real world examples. Students gain practical knowledge that can be applied directly to the workplace setting.

42 Hours

Semester 2

This course is designed to provide the students with skills and hands-on approach to systems analysis and design with an even more in-depth focus on the core set of skills that all analysts must possess. The instructor will capture the experience of developing and analyzing systems in a way that students can understand and apply and develop a rich foundation of skills as a systems analyst.

42 Hours

This course provides a framework for students to build a successful and satisfying career in their chosen field. Students are introduced to career planning skills and strategies for personal and professional growth, learning about career change & assessment, networking tools and the job search process. At the end of the course, students will develop skills in resume development, job interviewing, job searching as well as important life skills such as goal setting, business etiquette and personal presentation. To benefit the most from this course, active participation will be required as students will be learning experientially, collaboratively and cooperatively.

42 Hours

In this course, students will develop managerial skills to propose, plan, secure resources, budget, and lead project teams to successful completions of projects. Students will also learn why organizations have developed a formal project management process supported by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and its Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to gain a competitive advantage. The case study approach will be used along with an investigation of software and collaboration tools that aid in carrying out activities of project planning and project execution.

42 Hours

This course is designed to provide the students with the fundamentals of computer science, which are divided into five parts; computer and data, computer hardware, computer software, data organization and with an introduction to some of the more advanced topics. It also introduces tools such as UML, structure chart and pseudo code, which students will need in the future.

42 Hours

This course is designed to help the students explore the relationship between information and communication technology and the world of business, which has become an increasingly important and intertwined relationship. This course keeps pace with these changes by providing students the “classic” lessons and principles of e-business practice. It also offers a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of e-business and e-commerce management.

42 Hours

This course provides an introduction to programming using Java. The course will focus on core programming concepts that are universal to all modern programming languages. Students will learn to write programs using proper algorithm design, logic, data types, variables, control structures and functions (methods). The goal of the course is to provide a solid foundation of core programming skills that will allow students to further their learning in a variety of development environments.

42 Hours

Career Ready Graduates

Articulation Agreements

A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program coordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option.

  1. Examine and evaluate the efficacy of established business processes to make recommendations for improvements to better meet organizational needs.
  2. Plan and implement a system development life cycle for effective project management for new technical and non-technical systems.
  3. Assess computing technologies to identify strengths and limitations according to the specific business processes of an organization.
  4. Complete all work in compliance with relevant policies, practices, standards, processes, and procedures.
  5. Communicate accurately, persuasively, and credibly to internal and external clients about approaches to information technology and solutions.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist with in the Business or Technology sectors as: business or management information systems analysts, or information technology professionals. Work for banks, manufacturing, businesses within the private or the public service sector.

  • IT professional
  • Business analyst
  • Information systems business analyst
  • Management information systems analyst
  • Employed in areas such as: IT consulting firms and IT units in the private and public sectors.

Admissions Information & Requirements

International Admission Requirements

The admission criteria for this course is Degree/Diploma in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering or relevant field as this is a post-graduate certificate.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS – Academic) – minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved, with no individual band score under 6.0.
  • TOEFL International Based Test (iBT) – overall minimum score of 88+
  • iPTE – Graduate Diploma: 60+

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Tuition and fees are typically updated yearly for the upcoming Academic Year in May.

Current amount may be based on last years amounts and are subject to change. Ancillary fees vary by campus and program.

If the tuition and fee information for international students does not appear on this page, visit to see amounts for general programs.

Please refer to your Student Account for the most up-to-date information.

Student Year Campus Program Code Tuition Ancillary Fees Total Fees
StudentInternationalYear1CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeB305Tuition $14,813.46 Ancillary Fees $1,558.00 Total $16,371.46
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