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 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Hopkins (Berwick); Dr Karina Wilkie (Peninsula)


This unit develops students' knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the effective teaching and learning of primary school mathematics. There is a particular focus on knowledge relating to the number and algebra content strand at levels Foundation to Year 8. Students learn how to plan and sequence lessons to cater for a range of learning needs. They also explore how mathematical learning might be facilitated by the appropriate harnessing of information and communication technology (ICT) and calculators.


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

  1. access information relating to the mathematics content and proficiency strands in the Australian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum (http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/) and associated documents
  2. show familiarity with the content descriptions at each year level from the number and algebra strand
  3. plan engaging lessons that are focused on addressing learning objectives
  4. incorporate the use of technology in lesson plans to enhance learning
  5. develop confidence in their own ability to engage in mathematical thinking.


Lesson plans (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)
Critique of technology (2400 words or equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study