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BCS Foundation Award - Big Data Training Course

Explore The Role Of Big Data In AI And The Relationship Between Data And Information


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Big Data has the potential to enable organisations to gain a much greater insight into the market in which they operate and empower them to make better business decisions. As such there is an increasing demand for individuals with the knowledge and the skills to analyse and make use of Big Data.

The BCS Foundation Award - Big Data will enable you to understand how to manage Big Data and its use with Machine Learning. You will explore the terminology, general principles, concepts and approaches related to the management of Big Data. This includes the relationship between data and information, as well as an understanding of Big Data frameworks (including Hadoop) and applicable solutions.

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Exam Included
3 Days
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Course Outline

1. What Is Big Data?

You will be able to:

1.1 Define Big Data.

1.2 Describe the difference between data and Big Data

1.3 Explain the different types of data structures and what can be included within each type.

1.4 Explain the need for a Big Data strategy

2. Working With A Big Data Framework

You will be able to:

2.1 Explain the need for a Big Data framework/network.

2.2 Identify Big Data frameworks and the benefits of using them.

2.3 Explain the need for data architecture.

3. Big Data Analytics

You will be able to:

3.1 Identify Big Data analytics.

3.2 Explain why data analytics is important.

4. Big Data And Machine Learning

You will be able to:

4.1 Describe why Machine Learning needs Big Data

4.2 Explain how Machine Learning uses Big Data

4.3 Illustrate the challenges of Big Data


This award sits within the Data area of the AI Foundation Pathway, offering a practical understanding of big data, its associated principles and approaches.

You’ll learn about:

  • The concept of big data
  • Working with a big data framework
  • Big data analytics
  • Big data and machine learning

About the Course

The BCS Foundation Award - Big Data has been designed for those interested in furthering their understanding of Big Data within AI or to discover how their existing skillsets in Data Management can apply to a career in AI. This Foundation Award is ideal for candidates who are looking to move into analytical or research roles within AI.

Who Should Attend

  • Digital professionals who are transitioning into a career encompassing AI and machine learning
  • Those who are looking to move into analytical or research roles within AI
  • Employees who want to strengthen their digital credentials and future-proof their career
  • Business professionals with a background in science, engineering, knowledge engineering, finance, education or IT services
  • Anyone wanting to know more about big data and how their existing data management skills might apply to an AI role

Materials Provided

  • BCS Foundation Award - Big Data Materials
  • BCS Foundation Award - Big Data Examination

Organisational Benefits

Organisations will benefit by:

  • Having staff that are aware of the capabilities of AI and how it can contribute to organisational success
  • Compete in an advanced technological future
  • Use AI to increase efficiency and reduce costs

Individual Benefits

Individuals will benefit by:

  • Having an up to date understanding of AI
  • Being able to identify opportunities to apply AI solutions
  • Being able to position themselves to take advantage of increased technology


There are no specific entry requirements for this award. However, some professional experience in a business or IT environment may be advantageous.


The following titles are suggested reading for anyone undertaking this award. You should be encouraged to explore other available sources.

Title: Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques to Build Intelligent Systems

Author: Aurélien Géron

Publisher: O’Reilly

Publication Date: 2017

ISBN: 1491962291

Exam Overview

Type: 16 Multiple Choice Questions, 2 Scenario Based Questions

Duration: 60 Minutes

Supervised: Yes

Open Book: No (no materials can be taken into the examination room)

Passmark: 13/20 (65%)

Delivery: Digital Format Only.

Exam Type

Proctored Exam

Professional Development Units - PDUs

This award contributes 4 credits towards the:

  • Foundation Certificate In AI (total credits required: 20)
  • Foundation Diploma In AI (total credits required: 36)


BCS Foundation Award - Big Data


You will explore the role of big data in AI, the relationship between data and information, big data frameworks (including Hadoop), applicable solutions and the processes and techniques used.

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