UNISA Short Course in Numerical Skills for Business (70114)

UNISA Short Course in Numerical Skills for Business (70114)

Programme in Numerical Skills for Business (70114)Purpose

This programme is designed to equip students with basic numerical skills for use in everyday business situations. Need for numeracy: the ability to cope with numbers is needed everywhere, especially in Southern Africa. Every business transaction requires the application of basic numerical skills. Numeracy is an advantage in any work situation and often a requirement for career opportunities. Coping with numbers: in this programme learners broaden their numerical skills. They learn how to cope with numbers by identifying, formulating and solving quantifiable business problems. At the same time they can fulfill the entrance requirements in mathematics for enrollment for certain tertiary qualifications.

Target group

Anyone in need of basic numerical skills will benefit from doing this programme. This may include educationally disadvantaged students or students whose previous learning experience of numerical subjects was so unpleasant or such a long time ago that they have no confidence in their mathematical ability. Undergraduate students who have been denied permission to reregister
because of insufficient progress with their degree, may also do Numerical Skills in order
to be readmitted via the SLP route by doing this Programme
 Admission requirements

Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification, or substantial equivalent of the same.
All four modules have to be successfully completed in order to complete the Programme.

Six Months
 Language medium


Registration periods

Registration information will be available on the Programme website. Use the internet search terms Unisa Numerical Skills for Business to easily find the website. For 2017, the programme will be open for reregistrations only and only for the first semester. It will not be offered in the second semester of 2017.
 Tuition method

Via its distance teaching Unisa offers students who may be employed fulltime the opportunity to study independently, in their own time at their own pace. You must allow for at least 14 hours study time per week.
 Kind of assessment

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
In order to gain admission to the examination a student must submit at least one assignment per module.  Assignments will be used to gauge the progress of the student in the module.
Summative assessment:
Each module will have a two-hour closed-book examination..
 Numbers and Functions (INUMS0Y)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • Numbers
  • Operations on numbers
  • Percentages and fractions
  • Measurements
  • Variables, formulae and functions
  • Straight lines (break-even and depreciation)
  • Quadratic functions

Business Data (INUMS0L)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • Financial indicators (index numbers)
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Annuities
  • Collection, presentation and description of business data

Optimisation (INUMS0M)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Introduction to and graphical solution of linear programming problems

Decision Structuring (INUMS0N)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • The Project Evaluation and Review Technique – PERT
  • Minimal spanning trees
  • Shortest route problems
  • Maximal flow problems
  • Transportation
  • Decision analysis

Course leader

Mrs MC Strydom
Centre for Decision Sciences
Club One 4-29 Hazelwood, Pretoria
Tel: 012 433 4715 / 4703
Fax: 012 429 4898
E-mail: nums@unisa.ac.za / strydmc@unisa.ac.za
 Programme administrator(s)

Mrs MF Immelman
Centre for Decision Sciences
Club One 4-28
Hazelwood, Pretoria
Tel: 012 433 4703 / 4691
Fax: 012 429 4898
E-mail: nums@unisa.ac.za