Systems analysts and IT managers who want to further their education can receive a 10 percent discount on individual courses and a certificate program from the e-education company Inquestra Learning.
The tuition cut for the eight courses in the Business Systems Analysts Certificate program is the result of a partnership between the IEEE Education Partners Program (IEEE-EPP) and Inquestra.
Each course is three hours long and available online or on a CD-ROM. Topics include Determining a Project’s Objectives, Describing Business Processes, and Describing Functional Business Requirements. The courses deal with business strategies, client relations, data modeling and diagramming, and project planning. Included are videos, audio files, printable reference materials, and quizzes and final exams, but no live instruction.
A certificate is awarded once all eight individual courses are successfully completed. The certificate program can also earn the student eight continuing-education units.
Placing the courses in their real-world context is part of Inquestra’s approach. “You’ll know exactly when and how to use what you learn in these courses, not just simply understand the concept,” Inquestra spokesman Louis Molnar says.
Regular tuition is US $59.99 for each online class and $79.99 for the CD-ROM version. With the IEEE member discount, those prices are reduced to $53.99 and $71.99. The $299.99 (Web) and $399.99 (CD-ROM) price tags for the BSAC program are cut to $269.99 and $359.99. The CD-ROM courses require shipping and handling fees.
For more information on Inquestra’s course offerings, visit https://www.inquestra.com/offer_IEEE/signup1.asp. To learn more about the IEEE-EPP and the other educational partnerships, visit http://www.ieee.org/web/education/partners/eduPartners.html.