Dealing with Numbers - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Project 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 - Project 2 (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

The unit aims to provide the basic quantitative skills which are generally assumed at university level. It serves to prepare students to undertake studies which require basic mathematical skills. It also aims to provide students with the skills necessary to critically interpret the types of graphs and statistics that are common in everyday life, for example in newspaper reports.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Interpret the numerical information you meet in everyday life
  2. Complete basic mathematical computations
  3. Use mathematical formulae in context
  4. Produce and interpret graphical representations of data
  5. Produce and interpret tabular representations of data.
  • Assignment 1 — Project 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Project 2 (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Test — Topic Tests (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SSK17 — Dealing with Numbers
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Basic numeracy skills (including percentages, proportions and fractions; percentage change and negative numbers)
2Basic algebra
3Introduction to summation notation
4Basic graphs (bar charts, histograms, line graphs time series graphs and scatterplots)
5Producing and interpreting tables

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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