What is the objective of the partnership between ISCA and SUSS to launch the ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme?
Data analytics skills have been identified in the Skills Framework in Accountancy as one of the skillsets in demand as the accountancy sector continues to transform. To complement ISCA members’ technical competence in accounting and finance, ISCA is partnering the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) to include specific courses from their Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) programme into this certification programme so that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on business analytics initiatives to meet the growing needs of business.
The ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme features the flexibility for individuals to take up individual / selected courses, or certificates. Upon completion of the courses, individuals can achieve the following certificates:
- ISCA-SUSS Certificate in Business Analytics (3 courses)
- ISCA-SUSS Specialist Certificate in Business Analytics (7 or 8 courses)
Please see an overview of the programme structure below:
Please refer to table below for the estimated duration of completion:
- Practical Business Analytics Techniques
Individuals will acquire practical skills that can be applied directly at work, in areas such as customer relationship management, estimation of demand, production and cost.
- Customised to Your Needs
As professional accountants, the expanded competencies in the area of business analytics will supplement the core technical competencies of an accountant in financial and management reporting. Based on insights gained through data mining, predictive modelling and business forecasting, individuals can provide relevant information to facilitate data-driven decision-making analysis.
- Integration with Technology
From day-to-day Excel to business intelligence tools such as Tableau, Sage, etc, application software is integrated into the courses. Individuals gain hands-on experience at performing business analytics using technology which has evolved to be very user-friendly.
Yes, there is SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) modular course fee subsidies. Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the subsidies:
- must be at least 18 years of age; and
- have not previously received a government subsidy for the same course; and
- must register the course on credit-bearing basis; and
- achieve at least 75% attendance and/or sit and pass any prescribed examinations/assessments or submit any course/project work (if any) under the course requirement; and
- complete all surveys and feedbacks related to the course.
Please refer to this page for more information on the different SSG funding criteria and eligibility.
Individuals can tap into their SkillsFuture Credit* for modular courses and it can be used on top of SSG Funding.
*Starting January 2016, all Singapore Citizens (SCs) aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500, which can be used to pay for out-of-pocket course fees for attending work-skills related courses. The credits can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies provided by the Government.
SkillsFuture Credit Top-Up:
A one-off SkillsFuture Credit top-up of $500 will be provided to every Singapore Citizen aged 25 years and above as at 31 December 2020. This additional $500 SkillsFuture Credit can be used from 1 April 2020.
A one-off SkillsFuture Credit of $500 will be provided to every Singapore Citizen (SC) aged 40 to 60 (inclusive) as at 31 December 2020 as mid-career support. This will be over and above the $500 SkillsFuture Credit top-up for SCs aged 25 and above as at 31 December 2020. Eligible individuals can start using the SkillsFuture Credit provided under this package from 1 October 2020.
All ISCA Associate and CA (Singapore) members are eligible for the certification programme.
I am an Affiliate (ISCA) member / not an ISCA member. Can I apply for the ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme?
Individuals will be eligible for the ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme as long as the following requirements are met:
- At least 18 years of age; and
- GCE 'A' level with two passes (prior to 2006); or two H2 passes (from 2006); or
- Local polytechnic diploma; or
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma; SAT1 score; or
- Obtain at least 5 GCE 'O' Levels and pass an interview conducted by SUSS.
Are there any exemptions available for my prior course of studies? What is the maximum number of exemptions available?
There will not be any exemptions for the certification programme. However, individuals may submit all the relevant documents during application and SUSS will assess the exemptions on a case-by-case basis.
What are the types of learning support available in the ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme?
Individuals will receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails which are supplemented with face-to-face sessions (i.e. classes).
SUSS emphasises independent self-study through flexible learning approach. This approach allows candidates to study anywhere, anytime, removing the barriers of time and place. As lectures/tutorials/seminars are organised to supplement study materials, they are not compulsory. However, some courses may have mandatory classes, e.g. laboratory sessions, practicum sessions, etc. Failure to attend such mandatory sessions may lead to a fail grade in the course.
It is important to note that any individual applying for the SSG Funding are required to achieve at least 75% attendance. As regular work or family commitments are not valid reasons to be absent from classes, it is the sole responsibility of the individual to ensure that he or she can fulfil this attendance requirement, before enrolling in a course.
To be eligible for the SSG funding, candidates must take and pass all prescribed assessments/examinations or submit any course/project work (if required) under the course requirements.
Where will face-to-face sessions / classes be held? Can the face-to-face sessions / classes be held at ISCA?
Classes will be held at SUSS. We have reviewed the operational considerations with SUSS and it is agreed that the SUSS campus is a more conducive environment for the face-to-face sessions / classes.
Please see the address of SUSS below:
Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Road
For the ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme, there are 2 available options:
- Weekday Evening Class (7:00pm – 10:00pm)
- Weekday 3-Day Course (8:30am – 5:30pm)
Please click here for reference on the class schedules.
SUSS reserves all rights to the pedagogy and delivery format of the courses. No prior notice will be required. For example, if the COVID-19 situation is not contained by July 2020, face-to-face sessions may be replaced by online sessions.
What are the types of software taught? Will the software be provided to individuals taking the courses?
Software that are used in class are those that make it easy to gain mastery of the relevant business analytics techniques. During the courses, individuals are required to bring their laptops or devices for lessons. The software will be installed into their personal devices and they can gain access throughout the course of their study for that particular course.
The total marks for each course comprises 50% of the Overall Continuous Assessment Score (OCAS) and 50% of the Overall Examinable Score (OES). To pass, one must achieve at least a total of 40% for the OCAS and the OES. The typical components of the OCAS will be a combination of quizzes, Group-Based Assignment (GBA), Tutor-Marked Assignment (TMA), Participation and Class Test. For OES, it will either be an examination or an End-Of-Course Assignment (ECA).
Please visit SUSS’s Programme Structure Report and click on the individual course links to download the individual course synopsis for details on assessment components of the course.
Examinations are generally held in May and November of the calendar year. For the academic calendar, please refer to this link.
Candidates can take up to 20CU (credit unit) per semester. Please refer to below table for the CU of each course.
ANL201 Data Visualisation in Business
ANL303 Fundamentals of Data Mining
ANL305 Association and Clustering
ANL307 Predictive Modelling
ANL309 Business Analytics Applications
ANL311 Selected Topics in Business Analytics
ANL317 Business Forecasting
ANL321 Statistical Methods
ANL488 Business Analytics Applied Project
Are the certificates issued under the ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme recognised?
Upon completion of the courses, individuals can achieve the following certificates:
- ISCA-SUSS Certificate in Business Analytics (3 courses)
- ISCA-SUSS Specialist Certificate in Business Analytics (7 or 8 courses)
If individuals complete either an ISCA-SUSS Certificate or Specialist Certificate in Business Analytics, they can apply for admission into SUSS’s Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics (BSBA) Programme (Part Time).
Please note admission into the degree programme is competitive and applicants will be subjected to admission interviews and be assessed together with other applicants. If individuals are offered a place in the BSBA programme, they may apply for credit recognition for SUSS courses that they have taken.
Please note that credit recognition will be granted on a case by case basis.
Will face-to-face sessions and examinations for ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme still be held for the July 2020 semester?
Based on current available information, face-to-face sessions for both evening classes and 3-day course and examinations will still proceed.
Are there alternative arrangements for candidates to attend face-to-face sessions if they are unwell or on Leave of Absence (LOA) / Stay-Home Notice (SHN) / Quarantine Order (QO) due to COVID-19?
For both evening classes and 3-day course for the 4 modules offered under the ISCA-SUSS Business Analytics Certification Programme July 2020 semester, there will be classroom recordings. Candidates can view classroom recordings if they are unable to attend the face-to-face sessions.
Are there alternative arrangements for candidates to take examinations if they are feeling unwell or on Leave of Absence (LOA) / Stay-Home Notice (SHN) / Quarantine Order (QO) due to COVID-19?
Candidates who feel unwell before examinations have the option to withdraw from the course by not taking the examinations. For candidates who are on Leave of Absence (LOA) / Stay-Home Notice (SHN) / Quarantine Order (QO) due to COVID-19, SUSS will decide on the contingency plans and make announcements to all affected candidates before the examinations.
How can candidates reach out to their lecturers to seek clarifications should they have to miss face-to-face sessions?
Candidates are responsible to inform their lecturers as soon as possible if they are going to miss a face-to-face session. This is to give their lecturers ample time to advise them on what they should do to make up the missed lessons.
In order to ensure continuity of learning and teaching services, here are the operational plans put in place by SUSS should there be prolonged school closure where there are no face-to-face sessions on campus:
- All face-to-face sessions will be replaced by live virtual classes conducted via Zoom. Integrated within the Canvas learning management system, Zoom is a web-conferencing platform that comes with an easy-to-use interface allowing instructors to conduct real-time, online classes outside of the campus, usually from their own home. More information will be provided if this operation kicks in.
- On-campus examinations will be replaced by e-Examinations to be taken remotely from home. More information will be provided by Examination Administration department and schools if this mode of examination is implemented.
More information can be found on SUSS webpage.
- Temperature Taking / Visual Screening
All visitors (including students and teaching associates) must report and have their temperatures taken at any one of the temperature taking stations. Only those without COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or other respiratory symptoms, will be issued a sticker, to be displayed prominently at all times while on campus. Those who display COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, sore throat or other respiratory symptoms will be asked to leave campus immediately.
- Location-Based Temperature Recording
All visitors are required to submit temperature readings at their respective meeting/class locations on campus via a location-specific QR code or URL to facilitate contact tracing.
Before entering the room for meetings/class, all visitors are to ensure that:
o They have completed travel declaration & taken temperature at the temperature screening stations
o Using the listed QR codes prominently outside each seminar/meeting room, they can also manually access the listed URL to submit: Name, Mobile number, the most recent temperature readings taken
For visitors who are at SUSS campus for more than 5 hours, they are required to re-take their temperature at any of the designated temperature screening stations.
- Travel Declarations by Visitors
To facilitate any need for contact tracing, all visitors are required to also submit a travel declaration at the temperature screening station areas. They can also fill in the form prior to their visit.
- Disinfection of Facilities
SUSS has increased the frequency of cleaning with disinfectant in high traffic areas, including the Office of Admissions and Office of Student and Alumni Relations counters, by up to 4 times daily.
For more details and updates, please refer to SUSS’s COVID-19 Advisory webpage.