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EDO3681 Teaching the National Curriculum: Mathematics

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Con Lozanovski
Moderator: Carole Haeusler

Other requisites

It is highly recommended that students undertaking this course have also completed at least one of the following courses: EDX1280 or EDX3280.


Mathematics is a fascinating and indispensible 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 highly skilled Australian workforce, pre-service teachers must have a broad understanding up to, and including, year 7 mathematics. Furthermore, 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. Teachers will need to demonstrate satisfactory levels of achievement on the external test and possess the skills and knowledge to adapt to the new curriculum. This course aims to facilitate these needs by providing the opportunity for pre-service teachers to revise relevant content knowledge in order to successfully complete the mathematics component of the external test. It may also give pre-service teachers an opportunity to re-visit the discipline after an extended lapse or simply revise the material.


This course focuses on the content knowledge required by teachers from Prep to Year7. It will cover the content from the five curriculum strands appropriate for this age range namely: Number sense and Numeration; Geometry; Patterning and Algebra: Data Management and Probability: and Measurement.
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 WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


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. thorough knowledge of the five strands (Number sense and numeration, Geometry and spatial sense, Patterning and algebra, Data Management and Probability, Measurement) and ability to manipulate simple rules and equations, apply mathematical procedures to various real-world and abstract situations. [Assessments 1-4 and 5]
  2. ability to Access, select and apply mathematics rules, procedures and equations to situations that are similar to situations already encountered. [Assessments 1-4 and 5]
  3. ability to investigate and analyse mathematical problems, presenting solutions by direct, common or alternative methods and making decisions informed by mathematical reasoning [Assessments 1-4 and 5]
  4. perceptive reflection on mathematical thinking and logic. [Assessments 1-4 and 5]
  5. reflection on and identification of the value of mathematics to one?s own and other people?s lives. [Assessments 1-4 and 5]


Description Weighting(%)
1. Number sense and numeration: involves types of numbers, their properties and operations on numbers. Place value and numbers to other bases. 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. 20.00
3. Spatial sense and Geometry: this strand involves the properties of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional space 20.00
4. Data Management and Probability: involves mathematical treatment of data and statistics of real-world situations 20.00
5. Measurement: finally, this strand involves properties of the real-world that can be measured, the units used to measure them and the process of measurement. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no prescribed text for this course.

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.
  • An Introduction to Australian Curriculum 2010,
    (Accessed 29th September, 2010.)
  • Barnett Rich, Philip Schmidt 1997, Schaum?s Outline of Review of Elementary Mathematics, McGraw-Hill Companies.
  • Pulgies et al, Mathematics for Year 7, 2nd edn, Haese & Harris Publications.
  • William F. Burger, Blake E. Peterson, Gary L. Musser 2008, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Contemporary Approach, Wiley, John & Sons.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information // The gateway to education resources is here ... //

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 02 Apr 2011
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 20 17 May 2011
EXAMINATION 60 60 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Examination to be held according to the Examination timetable.

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. WEB: 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:
    Closed Examination: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the closed examination.

  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

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. //

Other requirements

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