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BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Data In Your Organisation Training Course

Understand The Role Of Data In AI & Machine Learning


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The BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Data In Your Organisation is designed for those wishing to gain an understanding of the terminology, principles, concepts and approaches used within data management, and the overall value of data to an organisation.

As data becomes an important currency in the world and an enabler for the future, it is imperative that all organisations have a firm understanding of the data available to them and the power it can hold. This award takes a look at different types of data, the data lifecycle, the principles of data architecture and the importance of data quality and security. It also provides an introduction to the role of data analysis, and will act as a good starting point for those wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of data to consider its use within AI and Machine Learning.

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Exam Included
3 Days
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Course Outline

1. Types Of Data And The Data Lifecycle

You will be able to:

1.1 Describe the differences between data, information, and knowledge.

1.2 Understand and describe how to classify different types of data

1.3 Explain each of the stages of the Data Lifecycle.

1.4 Identify the roles in risk management.

2. Structured And Unstructured Data

You will be able to:

2.1 Understand and describe the differences between Structured, Semi-structured and Unstructured data.

2.2 Describe common sources of Structured data.

2.3 Explain that Unstructured data can take various formats, listing examples

2.4 Explain how both Structured and Unstructured data can provide greater insight to enable business decision making.

3. Data Architecture

You will be able to:

3.1 Explain what Data Architecture is and its purpose.

3.2 Describe why a business needs to map its data to its infrastructure, applications, and business functions.

3.3 List and describe common data structures and how they are used to manage information.

3.4 State the functions of Data Architecture.

4. Data Analysis

You will be able to:

4.1 Explain the role of Data Analysis in delivering insight to a business.

4.2 State the functions of Data Analysis

5. Data Quality And Compliance

You will be able to:

5.1 Understand the importance and necessity of good quality data in respect to:

5.1.1 Legal and regulatory compliance

5.1.2 Commercial and intellectual property.

5.1.3 Confidentiality, integrity, and availability

5.2 Identify the common sources of data errors and how to avoid and/or resolve them.

5.3 Explain how minor data errors can create major issues.

5.4 Understand the benefit of having clearly defined data quality processes to the value of Data Analysis.

5.5 Describe the data protection and privacy issues associated with data management

5.6 Recall and describe the key principles of the General Data Protection Regulation

5.7 Explain the need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.


This award sits within the Data area of the AI Foundation Pathway, providing a valuable overview to the field and a vital education for practitioners in every sector.

You’ll learn about:

  • Types of data
  • The data lifecycle
  • Structured and unstructured data
  • Data architecture
  • Data analytics
  • Data quality
  • Data compliance and audit

About the Course

The BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Data In Your Organisation has been designed for individuals interested in furthering their understanding of the role of data within an organisation. You may be working in a data role or in other areas of business where data is starting to become more prevalent in their day-to-day activities, for example, marketing, accounts, or customer service.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who works in a data role or area of the business that manages data such as marketing, accounts or customer service
  • Digital professionals who are transitioning to a role working in AI or machine learning
  • Those who want to develop their digital knowledge and enhance their credentials and value to the organisation
  • Anyone who wants to know more about industry’s dependence on data and the relationship between data and machine learning

Materials Provided

  • BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Data In Your Organisation Materials
  • BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Data In Your Organisation 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: Managing Data Quality: A Practical Guide

Author: Tin Ming, Julian Schwarzenbach

Publisher: BCS

Publication Date: 4th May 2020

ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781780174594

Exam Overview

Type: 18 Multiple Choice Questions, 1 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

This award contributes 5 credits towards the:

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


BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Data In Your Organisation

Next Steps

Other Data awards in the AI Foundation Pathway include:


You will get a clear understanding around data and how it’s used in your business, from the terminology, general principles and data management approaches to data lifecycle, architecture, quality and security - as well as the role of data in AI and machine learning.

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