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ACSF Numeracy Level 4 Sample Activities



Personal and community

  • –  Draws up a scale plan and uses simple formulae and rates to calculate and interpret dimensions, quantities and costs required for making a personally relevant item, e.g. constructing a child’s playhouse, making furniture or a garden shed, painting the exterior of a house or designing a patio

  • –  Develops a detailed budget for a household, including income and expenses, and creates a matching spreadsheet, e.g. a yearly budget, a budget for a holiday or a budget for the purchase of a car

  • –  Works in a group to write a questionnaire, conduct a survey and collect and collate the results,

    including at least one graph, e.g. results of surveying community attitudes to building a toxic dump

  • –  Plans and works in organising and running a community event, including costs, promotion and

    budgeting, e.g. fund-raising for a barbeque, or running a sports competition or a dance

  • –  Uses a calculator or spreadsheet to analyse and compare the repayments on an expensive item (e.g. a plasma TV, car or piece of machinery) by two different means, e.g. a credit card versus a personal loan

    or a lease versus outright purchase

  • –  Establishes criteria and categories for the budgeting and financial management of a project or activity

    of a community organisation, and sets up a spreadsheet that allows the monitoring of income and expenditure against these categories

Workplace and employment

  • –  Works in a group to investigate and report on the options and costs for the use of a fleet of vehicles for the running of a business, e.g. comparing the use of cars versus motor bikes for a courier service or comparing leasing cars versus outright purchase

  • –  Works in a team to plan and develop an operating budget for a task or project, including the income from different sources (e.g. government funding, membership fees or sales) and expenses (e.g. staffing, materials, marketing, overheads, travel, training or IT support)

  • –  Collects and accurately records data (e.g. measurements, quantities or digital outputs) on to an appropriate device (e.g. a graph, chart, spreadsheet or hand-held device), interprets results and outcomes, identifies anomalies or errors and can respond appropriately by acting to correct processes or inputs

  • –  Interprets and uses ratios and scales to read and discuss the design and dimensions on the plan of a property (e.g. a building, workplace, office or shop) in order to allocate working space and furniture

  • –  Represents statistical system information and data (e.g. customer satisfaction survey results, phone enquiry data or customer profiles), and analyses and interprets the data using graphical and numerical processes (e.g. graphs, charts or averages) to show different interpretations and influences

  • –  Uses a job or task description or a set of instructions for making up a mixture based on ratios and selects, measures and makes up the mixture to any required amount correctly and according to OHS constraints, e.g. a chemical spray or industrial recipe

  • –  Calculates, compares and interprets the probabilities of some given or described events in both numerical and qualitative terms, e.g. production numbers or faults, or accidents

  • –  Prepares a detailed budget for a project and manages expenditure, making adjustments to ensure the project is completed within budget

Education and training

  • –  Undertakes a survey (including writing the questionnaire and collecting the data), documents the results, including a graph and some measures of central tendency conducted as part of a course of study, and prepares a report

  • –  Calculates, compares and interprets the probabilities of some given or described events in both numerical and qualitative terms, e.g. weather predictions as part of weather forecasts or sport predictions

  • –  Undertakes a survey on personal health or diet as part of a health, fitness or sports course, analyses the results and documents the outcomes

  • –  Plans and documents a day trip to a venue or site as part of a course of study (e.g. to a city business, National or State Park or museum). The plan should include details of the expected distance travelled, time, location, time of breaks and estimated total cost

  • –  Designs a new box-shaped or cylindrical product container or package based on an existing one with the same volume but a different size or shape. Calculates the approximate area of material required for the new container and comments on the feasibility of the different possible shapes