Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Full year 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Monica Baker


This unit introduces students to foundational mathematics to provide them with the mathematics skills to support their future university studies. The unit places a strong emphasis on using mathematics in practical contexts related to everyday life, employment and further study. It introduces students to the study of mathematical patterns, symbols and logic. In particular, it provides students with key aspects of foundational mathematical knowledge. Students are introduced to space, shape and design, patterns and numbers, measurement and the handling of data. Emphasis is focused upon developing student understanding and proficiency in using mathematical concepts and skills in measurement, handling data, standard calculations and geometry.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. competently use mathematical concepts and skills in measurement and calculation
  2. interpret graphs, plans and diagrams
  3. apply arithmetic operations accurately and according to their correct order
  4. solve problems as they relate to measurement, handling data and numbers, and patterns.


In-class test (one hour, 1000 words equivalent, 20%)
Take-home assignment (800 words equivalent, 20%)
Take-home assignment (1200 words equivalent, 30%)
In-class test (one hour, 1000 words equivalent, 30%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • six hours of directed online activity

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)