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BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation Training Course

Build Your Core Knowledge Of How And Where Robots Are Being Used


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The BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation is designed for individuals wishing to gain an understanding of the role of robotics and automation in the workplace. As robots and SMART technology become more common within society and the workplace, it is important to understand how they can be used and maintained appropriately and safely.

This award will introduce candidates to the concept of intelligent robots, Deep Learning and the use of Neural Networks. Candidates will also be encouraged to explore the potential use of robots in the future workplace and consider their current limitations.

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Exam Included
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Course Outline

1. The Use Of Robots And Automation In The Workplace

You will be able to:

1.1 Describe what a robot is with reference to examples

1.2 Define what an intelligent robot is.

1.3 Outline a brief history of the use of robots within technology

1.4 Describe Intelligent RPA.

1.5 Describe the current needs which are driving new innovations in robotics and smart technologies in the market.

1.6 Outline the basic ethical principles surrounding the creation of smart products and robotics.

2. Identifying, Creating, And Maintaining Automation

You will be able to:

2.1 Describe the challenges of smart product and robotic logic.

2.2 Describe how a smart product or robot can be supported.

2.3 Describe how smart products and robots are tested.

3. The Future Of Robots

You will be able to:

3.1 Describe the requirements for ensuring an environment of continuous innovation for the future development of robots and smart products.

3.2 Identify the current limitations in robotic/machine intelligence.

3.3 Identify examples of where robots, smart products and humans coexist.


This award sits within the Machine learning and other AI techniques area of the AI Foundation Pathway and offers a very accessible introduction to the technology that’s shaping the future.

You’ll learn about:

  • The use of robots and automation in the workplace
  • Identifying, creating and maintaining automation
  • The future of robots

About the Course

The BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation has been designed for individuals interested in furthering their understanding of the more technical aspects of AI. This Foundation Award is ideal for those candidates who wish to gain an insight into the interactions between robotic or automated systems and the human element of the workplace, with a view to developing or implementing AI solutions

Who Should Attend

  • Digital professionals looking to build their technical knowledge in AI and machine learning, with a focus on individual components
  • Those who need to understand the interaction between humans and automated systems with a view to developing or implementing AI solutions
  • IT professionals who are transitioning to a career in AI
  • Individuals with an interest in AI and a background in science, engineering, knowledge engineering, finance, education or IT services

Materials Provided

  • BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation Materials
  • BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation 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: The Singularity is Near

Author: Raymond Kurzweil

Publisher: Duckworth

Publication Date: March 2006

ISBN: 0715635611

Title: Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI

Author: Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

Publication Date: March 2018

ISBN: 1633693864

Exam Overview

Type: 12 Multiple Choice Questions, 4 Scenario Based Question

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

The BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation contributes 3 credits towards the:

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


BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation

Next Steps

Other Machine Learning & Other AI Techniques awards in the AI Foundation Pathway include:


Robots stepped out of sci-fi and into real life a long time ago… You will build your core knowledge of how and where they’re being used, the level of maintenance they require, and their potential for the workplace in the years ahead.

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