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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 & Automation In The Workplace
  • Identifying, Creating & Maintaining Automation
  • The Future Of Robots

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.

  • 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
  • BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation Materials
  • BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation 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: 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

BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation Examination:

  • 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)
  • 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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BCS Foundation Award - Smart Products, Robotics And Automation

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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