Chartered IT Professional Breadth of Knowledge Test Syllabus

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Chartered IT Professional Breadth of Knowledge Test Syllabus

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Chartered status BoK syllabus

The purpose of the Breadth of Knowledge test is to assess that the applicant has gained a basic level of knowledge, awareness and understanding of a broad range of topics as part of the overall requirements needed to obtain Chartered IT Professional status. Applicants will be assessed at an awareness level in subject areas from all of the following sections: • • • • • Strategy and architecture Business change Solution development and implementation Service management Management support and professional issues

Target Group
This test has been specifically created for those applying for Chartered status, who would therefore be expected to be performing their role at SFIA Level 5 or above, and focuses on ensuring that applicants have a breadth of knowledge and awareness across a wide range of subject areas and topics. This breadth of awareness is an important part of achieving professionalism and is supported by other components of the Chartered IT Professional application process.

Syllabus Summary
The subject areas and topics covered by this syllabus within each section of the BoK Test are detailed below. In each case a set of Assessment Outcomes is provided in order to describe the level of coverage required by applicants in each subject area. Where a dominant body of knowledge or best practice guidance exists for specific subject area, this has been used as the basis of the Breadth of Knowledge syllabus coverage. For example applicants should be aware of the key concepts and terminology of the following: Business Change BCS publications in the area of business analysis and business change, specifically the business analysis process model and the main elements of the requirements engineering framework. Solution Development and Implementation Architecture - guidance provided by TOGAF, specifically the Architectural Development Method (ADM) and the Architectural Development Cycle (ADC). Testing – terminology and key concepts defined by ISTQB, specifically the stages of the fundamental test process. Service Management

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ITIL best practice guidance, specifically the stages of the IT service lifecycle and the main processes within each of these.

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Syllabus section and subject area Section 1: Strategy and architecture Subject area 1.1: Strategy planning and enterprise architecture

Syllabus content and assessment outcomes

Summary The purpose of this assessment is to ensure that applicants have a basic knowledge and awareness of the subject area of Strategy Planning and Enterprise Architecture. It covers both strategic planning and enterprise architecture and aims to ensure that applicants have an awareness of various topics related to these areas and an appreciation of related techniques. It also considers the relationship between these areas and other parts of the syllabus. Indicative content (topics) This subject area covers : • • • • • • The basic principles of strategic planning. Common strategic analysis and planning techniques. Strategic alignment with IT. The basic principles of enterprise architecture. Relationship between enterprise architecture and solution/technical architectures. Common architectural frameworks.

Assessment outcomes Specifically within these topics, successful applicants should be able to: (a) State the basic principles of strategic planning and common strategic techniques used. (b) Recognise the importance of strategic planning and its alignment to IT strategy. (c) Identify strategic analysis approaches. (d) Define the term enterprise architecture. (e) Recognise the importance having an enterprise architecture and the benefits it brings to the organisation. (f)...
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