Dealing with Numbers

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

If it’s been a while since you crunched numbers, or you find it hard to interpret graphs and statistics, then this online unit is the introduction to basic numeracy you need. It’s also a relevant skill refresher for anyone undertaking university study.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia, in partnership with Swinburne University, the unit provides a fundamental study skill that can be applied to all kinds of university degrees.

Numbers are found in all kinds of subject areas, and without basic numeracy you may lack the confidence to employ quantitative data in your research. This unit will ensure you can access information in all kinds of numerical forms, taking you through percentages, proportions and fractions, and will help you avoid the common pitfalls when dealing with percentage change and negative numbers.

You will also be able to familiarise yourself with different kinds of graphs so that you can quickly interpret information in visual forms. These include bar charts, line graphs, histograms, time series graphs and scatterplots, and once you’re across those, you will move on to producing your own tables.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed the following unit because it is considered an academically equivalent:

  • Dealing with Numbers

Areas of study

In this Dealing with Numbers unit, the topics you will study include:

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

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be considered as credit against a related course on presentation of the unit profile. Content may be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

With this unit of study behind you, you will be prepared to interpret the kinds of graphs and statistics that are employed in everyday reporting.

This will enhance your research capabilities and your capacity for critical evaluation across all kinds of subjects. On completion of this unit you will have developed:

  • Numerical literacy
  • Literacy skills that will allow you to interpret figures for academic purposes including report-writing, research and reviewing case studies.
  • The confidence to apply critical thinking skills to your evaluation of numbers and statistics
  • An understanding of numerically-based texts
  • The ability to study independently and collaboratively

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Dealing with Numbers from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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