Courses & Timetable

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Course descriptions

The Master of Professional Business Analysis is a 180-point degree consisting of ten 15-point courses and a 30-point project, as follows:

Part 1 Core business analysis courses (total 90 points)

  • MBUA 510 Business and Systems Analysis
  • MBUA 511 Process Design
  • MBUA 512 Databases and Analytics
  • MBUA 513 Management of IT Projects for Business Analysts
  • MBUA 514 Enterprise Architecture
  • MBUA 515 Information Systems Innovation and Strategy

Part 2 Business environment (total 45 points)

  • MBUA 521 Global Business Environment
  • MBUA 522 Organisational Behaviour
  • MBUA 523 Accounting for Managers

Part 3 Project and consulting skills (total 45 points)

  • MBUA 531 Information Systems Consulting Practice
  • MBUA 532 Project (30 points)

Courses will be centred on practical problem-solving tasks, and typically will start with a problem described in a case or directly by an industry partner. The courses will enable students to apply the various concepts seen in the classroom to the industry problem during the trimester.

In addition, it is expected that the 30-point project, MBUA 532, will be used to build on the knowledge covered in the courses. Projects are seen as an "industry intensive period", enabling students to reflect on how the academic content can be applied to a complex situation.


Courses are normally offered over 3 trimesters from July-October, November-February, March-June.  Below is the typical daily schedule for courses which are held Monday to Thursday.  Friday is reserved for extracurricular activities offered by Wellington ICT Graduate School, such as professional development workshops, guest speakers, industry-led seminars.

Seminars consist of time during which there is contact with a lecturer.  Under the guidance of the lecturer, seminars may involve case discussion, active exploration of a problem, application of techniques, or a lesson on a specific topic.

Application-oriented activities are conducted after the 1st seminar, without supervision from the lecturer.  The nature of these activities will vary depending on the course’s concepts and topics.  The activities may consist of workshops, exercises, or team-based tasks that are meant to develop your understanding and mastery of a specific concept.  Sometimes the time may be used for individual self-directed learning, in which you are free to catch up on class material, by reading a case or working on term projects. Application-oriented activities are to be conducted at your own pace, which means that you can organize the time allocated in the way your prefer (e.g. lunch time).  For instance, you could complete an activity with 2 tasks by doing the 1st task from 11-11.30am, stopping for a lunch break, and then finishing up by 1pm during remaining time, in time for the 2nd seminar.  The application-oriented activity will often be used as basis for discussion in the 2nd seminar led by the lecturer in the afternoon.

From 2.30-4.30pm, the studio space will be available for you to complete further assignments, do team work, or for individual study.

Typical daily schedule for an MBusAn course