# Course Title: Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae for everyday purposes

## Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: MATH5296

Course Title: Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae for everyday purposes

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3203 - Certificate III in General Education for Adults

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 44 88

Course Contact Email:baia. tsakouridou@rmit.edu.au

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marcelle Damicoucas

Phone. 9925 44 88

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None.

Course Description

The focus of this unit is on developing and using simple formulae to describe and represent relationships between variables in real life contexts  and on using simple maths problem solving techniques to interpret and solve straight forward problems.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

 National Element Code & Title: VBQU154 Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae for everyday purposes Element: 1. Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae in familiar contexts Performance Criteria: 1.1 Numbers and numerical information are identified within texts or realistic contexts 1.2 An appropriate mathematical procedure is used to undertake calculations to investigate the numbers and numerical information in the text or context 1.3 An initial estimate of the result is made then an accurate numerical calculation is carried out 1.4 Interpretations are made regarding the results in terms of their reasonableness against initial estimates and in terms of any personal, social or work consequences. Element: 2. Use mathematical problem-solving techniques to investigate and solve familiar problems Performance Criteria: 2.1 Data is collected and represented in tables and in graphical form, using appropriate scales and axes 2.2 Measures of central tendency for sets of ungrouped data are calculated 2.3 Descriptive language of graphs, tables and averages is used 2.4 Interpretations are made regarding the results of the investigation in terms of the meaning of the data and /or accompanying texts, tables and graphs and in terms of any personal, social or work consequences.

Learning Outcomes

The required outcomes described in this unit relate directly to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence at Level Four Numeracy (4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 4.13)

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in General Education for Adults which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 16 July – Fri 30 November 2012

Term Break: Mon 24 September – Sun 7 October 2012

Public holidays: Tue 6 November (Melbourne Cup Day)

Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.

• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Guest speakers
• Excursions
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes:
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
• RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

References

Other Resources

TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT
There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring
• Calculator
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

This course is delivered as part of an integrated program.

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

You may be assessed by:
• records of teacher observations of your activities, dicussions and practical tasks - portfolio - undertaking real surveys - classroom simulations
• questioning, for example:  online response; interviews; self assessment; verbal questioning; written questioning

Feedback:
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.

Summative assessment:
• Term 1 Written test
• Term 2 Written test

Formative assessment:
• ongoing observations and feedback
• summaries
• reviews of student work