This unit describes the skills and knowledge to develop and use simple formulae to describe and represent relationships between variables in a range of real life contexts.  It involves using simple mathematical problem solving techniques to interpret and solve straight forward mathematical problems related to personal, public, work or education and training needs.  At this level the learner works independently across a range of contexts including some that are unfamiliar and/or unpredictable and which include some specialisation.  Learners at this level work independently and initiate and use support from a range of established resources.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - literacy skills to read relevant texts and diagrams; - understand and use simple mathematical formulae, and; - interpret, use and calculate with a range of types of numbers.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - signs/prints/symbols represent meaning in relation to the writing and representation of algebraic expressions, and; - the use and the purpose of formulae and that they represent relationships between variables in real life tasks and situations.

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