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EDO3681 Teaching the National Curriculum: Mathematics

Semester 3, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: David Martin
Moderator: Romina Jamieson-Proctor

Other requisites

It is recommended that students undertake this course prior to EDX1280 and/or EDX3280.

Rationale

Mathematics is a fascinating and indispensable discipline in modern society. It gives the opportunity for students to develop their logic and reasoning skills that can be applied to many other areas of interest. To face future challenges in producing a highly skilled Australian workforce, pre-service primary and middle school teachers must have a broad understanding up to, and including, Year 7 mathematics. Additionally, in view of the rollout of the National Curriculum and the introduction of external pre-registration testing, it is imperative that all pre-service teachers have practical knowledge of mathematics. It is a pre-requisite understanding that pre-service teachers possess a satisfactory level of mathematical content knowledge to demonstrate satisfactory levels of achievement on the external test and possess the skills and knowledge to adapt to the new curriculum and suitably engage in the mathematics education courses within the Faculty of Education. This course aims to facilitate these needs by providing the opportunity for pre-service teachers to revise relevant mathematics content knowledge while adapting to the Australian Curriculum. It may also give pre-service teachers an opportunity to re-visit the discipline after an extended lapse or simply revise the material.

Synopsis

This course focuses on the mathematical content knowledge required by teachers from Prep to Year7. It will cover the content from the Australian Curriculum strands appropriate for this age range namely: Number; Algebra; Measurement; Geometry; and Probability & Statistics.
NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the concepts, skills and processes associated with the number, algebra, measurement, geometry, and probability & statistics curriculum strands and sub-strands (Assignment 1 and 2)
  2. demonstrate math content knowledge in Years P - 7 (Assignment 1)
  3. describe and apply appropriate higher order thinking and problem solving in the content areas listed in #1 above (Assignment 2)
  4. develop age appropriate mathematical challenges in the years of learning P-7 (Assignment 2)
  5. work confidently with current mathematics syllabus documentation in Years P-7 (Assignment 2)

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Number: involves the operations on numbers, fractions, and place value and where each of the topics are represented in the Australian Curriculum from Years P-7. This strand has strong links with all other stands, including Geometry and spatial sense. 20.00
2. Patterning and algebra: involves patterns of numbers, relationships between numbers and the use of symbols to denote unknowns or variables and where each of the topics are represented in the Australian Curriculum from Years P-7. 20.00
3. Geometry: this strand involves the properties of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional space and shapes, location and transformation, and geometric reasoning and where each of the topics are represented in the Australian Curriculum from Years P-7. 20.00
4. Probability and Statistics: involves chance, mathematical treatment of data and interpretation of the data and where each of the topics are represented in the Australian Curriculum from Years P-7. 20.00
5. Measurement: this strand involves properties of the real-world that can be measured, the units used to measure them and the process of measurement and where each of the topics are represented in the Australian Curriculum from Years P-7. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=03&subject1=EDO3681)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 36 36 13 Jan 2014
ASSIGNMENT 2 14 14 27 Jan 2014
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S3 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Examination date(s) will be advised via UConnect when the official examination timetable is released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ONC: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    ONLINE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    i. writing and drawing instruments
    ii. calculator which cannot hold textual information. The student must indicate on the examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) used during the examination.
    Students are not permitted to take mobile telephones, pagers or other electronic means of communication into the examination room.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examination for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course