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MAC2901 Mathematics for Teachers

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Mathematics for Teachers
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 010101 - Mathematics
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Katherine Peake


Enrolment is not permitted in MAC2901 if MAC1901 has been previously completed.


Prospective teachers of mathematics need a substantive and comprehensive knowledge of the content and discourse of mathematics if they are to develop in their students a mathematical power - the ability to explore, conjecture and reason logically and to use a variety of mathematical methods effectively to solve problems. They also need a level of understanding and appreciation of mathematics higher than that expected of students at primary and junior high schools. Consequently, a clearer perspective of the role and importance of mathematics will be gained. This course is designed to meet the needs of preservice teachers of Years 6 -10.


Students will be able to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of mathematics and school mathematics through a variety of experiences involving problem solving, mathematical communication, reasoning and connecting mathematics, its ideas and its applications in the world around us. By working collaboratively and independently, students will be encouraged to think mathematically, and through many success experiences, gain confidence in solving mathematical problems. The content of the course will include the following topics: measurement and geometry; number and algebra; statistics and probability.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. apply reasoning, problem solving, fluency and understanding in the thinking and doing of mathematics
  2. identify mathematics concepts in the various strands and levels of the Australian Curriculum
  3. use ICT capability to represent mathematical ideas, to construct different representations of mathematical concepts and to solve problems
  4. demonstrate an awareness of the dynamic and connected nature of mathematics and the important role that mathematics plays in culture and society
  5. identify and reflect on the personal mathematical proficiency needed for the teaching of mathematics


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mathematical Reflections 10.00
2. Technology in Mathematics 10.00
3. Troublesome Knowledge in Mathematics 10.00
4. Review of and issues in 6-10 Number & Algebra content strands 20.00
5. Review of and issues in 6-10 Measurement & Geometry strands 20.00
6. Review of and issues in 6-10 Statistics & Probability strands 20.00
7. Mathematical needs for the 21st century 10.00

Text and Materials

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Goos, M., Stillman, G., Vale, C., Makar, K., Herbert, S. & Geiger, V 2016, Teaching Secondary School Mathematics: Research and practice for the 21st century, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest.

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.
Booker, G., Bond, D., Sparrow, L., & Swan, P 2014, Teaching primary mathematics, 5th edn, Pearson, Sydney.
Hine, G., Reaburn, R., Anderson, J., Galligan, L., Carmichael, C., Cavanagh, M., Ngu, B., & White, B 2016, Teaching Secondary Mathematics, Cambridge university Press.
Van de Walle, J 2018, Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally (with MyEducationLab), 10th edn, Pearson, Sydney.
Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority:
particularly "Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics"

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 42.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Online Tutorials 26.00
Private Study 91.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 30 10 26 Jul 2021
Assignment 2 100 35 28 Sep 2021
Assignment 3 60 20 08 Oct 2021
Open Examination - Online 70 35 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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 USQ library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system.

Other Requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .

Date printed 8 November 2021