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Courses & Interventions

Overview

The Numeracy Centre annually provides five semester courses for Law and Humanities students, has five substantial interventions in the MBChB programme and provides extensive computer-based materials for second-year psychology and third-year sociology students. In addition it has other smaller interventions and new work under development. All the major courses and interventions provide for mainstream students as well as students on extended programmes.

All students that we serve in major Numeracy Centre interventions complete a substantial course of spreadsheet-based tutorials covering the topics of data analysis and representation, as we believe that use of a spreadsheet application is a component of appropriate quantitative literacy for any graduate. These tutorials have been developed gradually, starting in 1999, and are continually revised to accommodate changes in the spreadsheet application used (Microsoft Excel).

Our courses consist of classroom ‘workshop-lecture' sessions and in most cases one computer laboratory session per week. The classroom sessions use materials developed collaboratively by Numeracy Centre staff in which students engage with current texts (such as research reports) designed to enable the development of relevant QL competencies in context. Every student usually also attends at least one compulsory classroom tutorial per week. There are class tests and assignments, as well as computer tutorial submissions that contribute to a class record. The courses are examined using two papers, one written and one computer-based.

The diagram summarises our courses and interventions: