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BCS Foundation Award - Data Visualisation Training Course

Learn How AI Can Present Data In Different Ways To Help Us Understand It Better


BCS Membership Offer: If you do not hold a BCS certification and successfully pass the examination for this training course - you will be given one year's complementary BCS Membership. This offer is only valid for your first BCS qualification.

The BCS Foundation Award - Data Visualisation is designed for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of how data is used to make decisions in an organisation and the importance of presenting accurate data in a way that enables decision making to happen. It includes the principles of data driven decision making, and the tools that can be employed in data storage, analysis and presentation.

This award will enable YOU to understand these concepts at a Foundation Level, incorporating processes, frameworks and techniques used. It also looks towards the future use of data and how AI can present data in different ways to help organisations better understand their data.

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Exam Included
3 Days
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Course Outline

1. Data Driven Decision Making

You will be able to:

1.1 Outline the uses of data within an organisation.

1.2 Recognise the process of formatting data to make decisions.

1.3 Identify issues with using data to make decisions.

2. Data Storing And Analysis Tools

You will be able to:

2.1 Explain how to store data

2.2 Describe the requirements regarding data protection

2.3 Illustrate the process of using technology to analyse data.

3. Data Presentation Tools And Techniques

You will be able to:

3.1 Classify the tools and techniques used to present data, considering the following formats:

3.1.1 Written form

3.1.2 Verbal form

3.1.3 Pictorial form

3.1.4 Sounds form

3.1.5 Dashboards and infographics

3.1.6 Virtual reality and Augmented reality

3.1.7 Sounds

4. Human And Machine Learning Together. The Learning Environment

You will be able to:

4.1 Recognise the following learning environment examples where both humans and machines would be required to learn in conjunction:

4.1.1 Virtual reality/Augmented reality e.g. Flight simulators

4.1.2 Ergonomics e.g. Designing an operation interface for a surgeon

4.1.3 Digital twin e.g. Ocado, online supermarket

4.1.4 Immersive environment (the audience of the future)


This award sits within the Data area of the AI Foundation Pathway and can support smarter decision-making at every level across your organisation.

You’ll learn about:

  • Data driven decision-making
  • Data storing and analysis tools
  • Data presentation tools and techniques
  • Human and machine learning together

About the Course

The BCS Foundation Award - Data Visualisation is ideal for those who are looking to move into analytical or research roles or for people who want to understand more about the data they are using in their own role and how to present this.

This award has been created alongside a selection of other awards in the AI space which offer you a clear pathway of progression into other disciplines of IT along with a broader knowledge of AI in the workplace.

This makes it ideally suited for those looking for a change in career, an up-skilling workforce, sustainable employers and individuals with a background in science, engineering, knowledge engineering, finance, education or IT services.

Who Should Attend

  • Business and digital professionals who want a clearer understanding of the relationship between data and decision-making within an organisation
  • Those looking to move into analytical or research roles
  • People who want to manage data more effectively in their role

Materials Provided

  • BCS Foundation Award - Data Visualisation Materials
  • BCS Foundation Award - Data Visualisation 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: Data Analyst

Author: Harish Gulati, Charles Joseph, Rune Rasmussen, Clare Stanier, Obi Umegbolu

Publisher: Rune Rasmussen

Publication Date: March 2019

ISBN: 9781780174327

Exam Overview

Type: 16 Multiple Choice Questions, 2 Scenario Based Questions

Duration: 30 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 3 credits towards the:

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


BCS Foundation Award - Data Visualisation

Next Steps

Other Data awards in the AI Foundation Pathway include:


Every important business decision relies on clear and accurate data. You will learn more about the processes, frameworks and techniques used to analyse and present data - and how AI can present data in different ways to help us understand it better.

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