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Using numbers and handling data

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You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This free course, Using numbers and handling data, is designed for those contemplating a future in the health services industry.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the decimal system of numbering (hundreds, tens, units)
  • explain the best way to write down decimal numbers and associated units of measurement in the healthcare workplace, in a manner that avoids confusion
  • understand the concepts of discrete and continuous variables and the best types of graphs used to represent these data
  • analyse, construct and extract information from graphs.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 10/06/2019

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