BCS Practitioner Certificate in Requirements Engineering course

Course Highlights

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

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


The objectives of the course are:

  • describe the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the requirements engineering process
  • demonstrate the application of a range 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

  • Course Includes

    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
  • Benefits Confirmation

  • Requirements testing/user acceptance testing;
  • Post-implementation review;
  • Roles of requirements actors
  • Case Study

    A case study allows the delegates to undertake a simulated requirements engineering assignment to practise the new skills.


    There are no specific pre-requisites for this course, however this course is for those wishing to acquire the skill set required for establishing system requirements and those wishing to attain the BCS Business Systems Development Certificate in Requirements Engineering.

    Candidates with special exam requirements should consult the BCS web site (www.bcs.org.uk) for the BCS Special Needs policy. Note that the BCS must be advised (through us) at least four weeks in advance of any special requirements.

    Those delegates taking the BCS certificate will need to spend 60-90 minutes each evening on revision and example examination questions.

    Please note: If taking an exam, candidates are advised that Photo ID must provided (Driving Licence, Passport and named work ID badges are all acceptable). This a BCS requirement and delegates will be turned away from the examination if Photo ID is not produced.

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