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For psychology first year
A course of four computer-based tutorials on data representation is provided for over six hundred 1st-year psychology students in the course  PSY1001W. These tutorials are intended to prepare the students for Research in Psychology in their second year of study. The Numeracy Centre is responsible for some of the materials development and for the technical aspects of delivery.

For psychology second year A course of eight computer-based tutorials on data analysis, data representation and descriptive and inferential statistics was developed in 2003 in collaboration with the lecturers in the psychology department. These are provided annually for about three hundred 2nd-year psychology (Research in Psychology) students in the course  PSY2006F. These tutorials complement the lectures on the quantitative methods (statistics) module in Research in Psychology, and are considered as the practical part of the module.

For psychology third year
A course of four computer-based tutorials on inferential statistics was developed in 2009 in collaboration with the lecturers in the psychology department. These are provided annually for about two hundred 3rd-year psychology (Research in Psychology) students in the course  PSY3007S. These tutorials complement the lectures on the statistics module in Research in Psychology, and are considered as the practical part of the module.

For sociology third year
For the approximately two hundred students in the third year sociology courses  SOC3007F  and SOC3027F we provide a course of ten computer-based tutorials on data analysis and representation to complement their lectures on statistics. This intervention has been running since 2001.

For first-year medical students
The Numeracy Centre is involved in the courses "Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences: Part I" (HUB1006F) and "Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences: Part II" (HUB1007S). Quantitative Literacy worksheets are provided for these courses and the material covered in them is assessed (by the Numeracy Centre) as part of the course for all students. On the basis of test results, students are selected to attend ‘workshop-lectures in the first semester and on the basis of their performance in the first semester they are selected for workshops in the second semester. The quantitative literacy is assessed as part of the tests and examinations for the courses.

For first-year medical students on the Intervention Programme
In the Intervention Programme (the foundational provision for first year MBChB students) the Numeracy Centre contributes to the courses "Fundamentals of Integrated Health Sciences, Part I" HUB1010S and "Fundamentals of Integrated Health Sciences, Part II" (HUB1011F). Weekly 2-hour QL workshops are provided and the material covered is assessed in two class tests and a final examination.

For all first-year students in Health Sciences
A course of computer-based tutorials on data analysis and representation is provided for all students registered for their first year of study in the Health Sciences faculty (about 350 students). This excludes those in the Intervention Programme of the MBChB, but includes students from the School of Health and Rehabilitation. The tutorials are similar to the ones used in  MAM1013 and  MAM1014, although much of the contextual material in the tutorials is modified to be more relevant to the Health Sciences. Weekly tutorial sessions are provided, where students obtain assistance from Numeracy Centre staff supported by tutors. All students are required to submit their completed tutorials. For the MBChB mainstream students this material is assessed in a computer-based exam.

For first-year physiotherapy students in the Intervention Programme
In the Intervention Programme (the Foundational provision for first year Health and Rehabilitation Sciences students the Numeracy Centre contributes materials and workshops for the course; "Fundamentals of Biosciences for Physiotherapy IA"  HUB1025S.

For students in the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development
Numeracy Centre staff provide Business Numeracy workshops to 25 to 30 students on the Raymond Ackermann Academy for Entrepreneurial Development each semester. While these students are not registered at UCT, the course is part of a funded programme intended to improve the employment prospects of poorly-qualified school-leavers, situated at the UCT Business School. The Business Numeracy component consists of weekly lecture/workshops over a period of about 20 weeks. There are class tests and a final assessment.