Maths for life (level 1)

Course Dates: 22/09/21 - 08/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Become more confident in using maths to solve problems, analyse issues and make decisions at work or in everyday life. This course will make maths come alive. You will see how mathematics is everywhere and you will develop the maths you need to participate, make progress and express yourself in today's society. You will work with whole numbers, fractions, decimal numbers and percentages and recognise the relationships between them. You will work on problem-solving involving time, money and measurements, as well learn how to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and be better able to interpret, discuss and comment on the graphs, charts and tables you see in newspapers, on the internet and at work.
Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: AM401A

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Wed, eve, 22 Sep - 08 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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What is the course about?

This course is about making sense of and using the maths in the world around us. You will work with whole numbers, understand the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers and work with percentages. You will solve problems involving time, money and measurement, be able to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D, read, interpret and comment on information in tables, charts and graphs and be able to construct these yourself. You will apply the knowledge and skills you gain to solving problems in a variety of everyday and work related contexts.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• applying mathematical principles to help solve life problems
•• using estimations in all calculations to be confident your answers are reasonable
• using methods such as reverse calculation to check answers
• grasping the different concepts of division and multiplications to solve everyday problems such as how to share £120 between 200 people
• understanding and using basic fractions to calculate portions of different quantities e.g. discount prices, sharing and dividing up of possessions
• calculating and using simple percentages – e.g. to work out basic tax paid or VAT
• measuring, converting units of measure and working out perimeters, areas and volume e.g. of rooms
• performing calculations using a combination of positive and negative numbers – e.g. to calculate temperature change or range
• using basic concepts to analyse data e.g. to find the mean (average) and identify the range of a set of numbers
• extracting, interpreting and commenting on information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs
• recognising, using and working with ratios and scale e.g. to read maps and drawings, relate models and plans to real objects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Apply mathematical principles to help solve life problems
• Use estimations in all calculations to be confident your answers are reasonable
• Use methods such as reverse calculation to check answers
• Grasp the different concepts of division and multiplications to solve everyday problems such as how to share £120 between 200 people
• Understand and use basic fractions to calculate portions of different quantities e.g. discount prices, sharing and dividing up of possessions
• Calculate and use simple percentages – eg. to work out basic tax paid or VAT
• Measure, convert units of measure and work out perimeters, areas and volume e.g. of rooms
• Perform calculations using a combination of positive and negative numbers – e.g. to calculate temperature change or range
• Use basic concepts to analyse data e.g. to find the mean (average) and identify the range of a set of numbers
• Extract, interpret and comment on information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs
• Recognise, use and work with ratios and scale e.g. to read maps and drawings, relate models and plans to real objects.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should be able to use whole numbers up to 1000, add and subtract using 3-digit numbers, estimate calculations, use basic fractions and decimals, and extract some information from tables and charts.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a pen, ruler, pencil and calculator. You will also need lined A4 paper and a folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts. Google classroom and links to useful websites will be use to enable you to extend and practice your skills outside class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

After sucessfully completing this course you should be able move on to the next part of this three part course.
You could do a Digital Skills course or an English course at the same time as this one.
For more information contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

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