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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 & Machine Learning

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

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

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

BCS Foundation Award - Big Data Examination:

  • 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)
  • Pass Mark: 13/20 (65%)
  • Delivery: Digital Format Only.

Candidate Responsibilities

  • You need to complete registrations for both BCS and Questionmark.
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Proctored Exam
BCS Foundation Award - Big Data
There is an increasing demand for individuals with the knowledge and the skills to analyse and make use of 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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