Practical Numeracy for a Career in IT


This one-day course is tailored for individuals aiming to launch a career in the field of Information Technology (IT), particularly targeting those in junior, unskilled, or non-professional roles.

The course focuses on strengthening numeracy skills that are foundational to various IT disciplines.

This course is delivered as a small-group activity using a range of practical approaches to learning:
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Hands-on Exercises and Practical Demonstrations
  • Group Discussions and Case Study Analysis
  • Q&A Sessions
  1. Develop an understanding of basic and advanced numeracy concepts relevant to IT.
  2. Acquire skills in binary and hexadecimal systems used in computing.
  3. Understand the basics of data storage units and conversions.
  4. Learn fundamental principles of network addressing and subnetting.
  5. Gain insights into basic algorithms and their numerical foundations.

1. Basic and Advanced Numeracy for IT
  • Review of arithmetic operations, algebra, and logical reasoning
  • Application of these concepts in problem-solving and algorithm development
  • Exercises involving statistical analysis relevant to IT
2. Binary and Hexadecimal Number Systems
  • Understanding binary (base-2) and hexadecimal (base-16) number systems
  • Converting between decimal, binary, and hexadecimal
  • Practical applications in computing and coding
3. Data Storage Units and Conversions
  • Introduction to data measurement units (bits, bytes, kilobytes, etc.)
  • Techniques for calculating and converting between units
  • Understanding data size in different contexts (e.g., file storage, memory)
4. Network Addressing and Subnetting
  • Basics of IP addressing and subnet masks
  • Calculating network and host portions of an IP address
  • Practical exercises in designing simple network layouts
5. Introduction to Algorithms and Numerical Logic
  • Basic principles of algorithms in IT
  • Understanding flowcharts and pseudocode
  • Simple algorithmic problems involving numerical logic

Funded places are available for eligible adults.
  • Aged 19+
  • Live or work in Essex
  • No existing maths qualification at Grade C or above
  • UK or EEA national
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