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Open Flexible Learning
Start Date: 3 February 2020
Open Flexible LearningDuration:
6 weeks
Open Flexible LearningEffort:
3 - 4 hours/week
Open Flexible LearningLevel:
Open Flexible LearningAssessment:
Open Flexible LearningCertificate:
On Completion

Dr. Krishna Raghuwaiya

Dr. Krishna Raghuwaiya obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji in 2016.

Dr Raghuwaiya has taught at the Fiji Institute of Technology, which is now known as the Fiji National University, before joining the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where he is now a Senior Lecturer in Education (Mathematics).
Dr Raghuwaiya’s research interests include Motion Planning and Stability of Nonlinear Systems, and Volterra Integro-differential Systems.

The University of the South Pacific has developed the Functional Numeracy course to provide an opportunity for learners to improve their understanding and familiarity with numbers. This course is designed in such a way that learners will develop the skill and ability to use numbers to solve real-world problems.

Who Should Participate

Functional Numeracy is designed for learners from diverse backgrounds, from primary school students to postsecondary and vocational students. You will benefit from this course as it teaches basic everyday math. Anyone interested in improving their math skills would enjoy participating in this MOOC.

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will provide learners with a good foundation of mathematics, comparable to course content in Year 10 or higher.

About This Course

The Functional Numeracy course provides learners with the ability to access, use, interpret and communicate mathematical information and ideas, in order to engage in and manage the mathematical demands of various situations in adult years. To be numerate, is to confidently and effectively use mathematics to meet the everyday demands of life.

This course will strengthen and support your ability to develop logical thinking and critical reasoning strategies that you can use in your everyday activities. The knowledge and methodologies covered will empower learners to use numeracy to solve problems and make sense of numbers, time, patterns and shapes for activities like cooking, reading receipts, reading instructions and even playing sport.

Key Topics Covered In This Module
  • Module 1: Learners will explore a wide range of simple calculations such as: Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals and fractions.

  • Module 2: Learners will examine the following concepts: Percentages, Estimation and rounding up, Calculating Simple and Compound Interest, and calculating time difference.

  • Module 3: Learner will be exposed to the topic of Geometry. This includes: Different mathematical shapes, types of angles, polygons, plane figures and two dimensional shapes, Types of triangles, Quadrilaterals, Calculating perimeters and areas of given shapes.

  • Module 4: Learners will explore the following methods of data analysis and presentation: Graphical representation, Measures of central tendency, Calculating mean, median and mode, and Measure of dispersion.

  • Module 5: Learners will explore the following in respect to chance and uncertainty: Calculating probability; and Counting using a Tree diagram.

This is course is sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and PACFOLD
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:

  • Use numbers and other mathematical concepts at a level of competence in everyday life;

  • Classify different number systems and how they relate;

  • Explore the main ideas of counting and working mentally in everyday life; and

  • Carry out simple arithmetical computations to test number sense.

This Course Is For:

Is designed For Learners From Diverse Contexts;

  • Primary and Secondary School Students

  • Post-secondary, University and Vocational Learners

  • Adult learners and Anyone interested in improving their Mathematical Skills

Bula Vinaka!