Numerical Skills for Business

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Numerical Skills for Business

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Mathematics, Statistics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    To introduce students to a range of numeracy skills and their applications in the world of business.

    The student will demonstrate competence in

    • recognising, describing and working confidently with numbers and number relations;
    • estimating, calculating and verifying calculations both mentally and with the use of calculators;
    • recognising, describing and dealing with numerical, graphical, verbal and symbolic representations;
    • solving business-related problems and equations by applying knowledge of statistics and probability.


    • Basic calculations with whole numbers, fractions and decimal numbers, percentages, rounding off and approximations.
    • Changing the subject of formulae.
    • Basic calculator skills.
    • Substitution into formulae.
    • Ratio, proportion, measurement and units of measure.
    • Reading off of scales.
    • Plotting of linear graphs.
    • Introduction to statistics, graphical representation of statistical results and statistical analyses of grouped and ungrouped data.
    • Frequency distributions.
    • Measures of central location for ungrouped data.
    • Measures of central location for grouped data.
    • Determine mean of ungrouped data.
    • Interpretation of statistical information.

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