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Introduction to Week 3

Welcome to Week 3. We hope that you have enjoyed this course so far and are finding that your numeracy skills and confidence are increasing.

Do not be concerned if it is taking you some time to work through all the materials. Reviewing the materials and practising the skills are more important than rushing through. The materials will remain online after the end of the course.

During Week 2 we refreshed numeracy skills that you will encounter on employers’ numeracy tests and in the workplace. We looked at working with decimals, fractions and percentages and switching between them. We spent some time looking at questions involving percentages - how to determine a percentage, how to apply percentage increases and decreases, how to calculate a percentage change and finally reverse percentages. We the looked at ratio and proportion and the conversion of units and currencies.

There were quizzes to enable you to check your understanding and by now, you should have the building blocks to be successful.

During this week, you will consolidate this knowledge. In the first week, we saw that data may be presented in many forms - in words and digits, tables and graphs. We will spend some time this week looking in more detail at this and examine the different types of graphs you may encounter. As before there will be quizzes after each step so you can both check your understanding and practice the numeracy skills from Weeks 1 and 2.

This week also concentrates on understanding statistics. You will refresh essential skills for calculating averages and spend some time looking at issues around how statistics are used and reported. An appreciation of this topic is vital both for the workplace and everyday life. You will have the opportunity to meet Dr Alun Owen from the University of Worcester. Alun has considerable experience of working in industry as a Statistician and of teaching statistics and supporting undergraduate and research students in higher education.

Towards the end of the week, we return to employers’ numeracy tests and how best to prepare yourself. We hope you will share your experiences with other learners.

The week concludes with a course test. If you have worked your way through most of the materials, checked your understanding and practised through all the quizzes, you will be well placed for the test.

The full glossary is available at the end of the week. Please let us know in the final discussion how you found this course. You comments are very useful for future development.

We hope that you will enjoy the material provided for you this week.

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Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace

Loughborough University