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
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sharyn Livy


This unit is framed around the importance of teachers having a rich, connected understanding of fundamental mathematics, particularly as it relates to measurement and geometry. The core of the unit involves students working in groups on carefully selected mathematics problems that focus on the relationship between measurement and geometry, and their practical relevance. Carefully chosen problems together with whole class discussion emerging from students' work on the problems, challenge students to develop spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills and be fluent in certain skills, definitions and vocabulary. Importantly, students are encouraged to view learning as supported by dialogue and to develop their own understandings through working with others' thinking on a topic. Students learn to communicate mathematical ideas effectively, using a range of media including information and communication technologies (ICTs).


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the mathematical content underpinning measurement and geometry in the primary school curriculum
  2. show awareness of how the concepts and structure of primary measurement and geometry relate to the mathematics of secondary schooling and beyond
  3. demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the historical and cultural nature of number and operations and how this relates to education of students from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  4. display confidence in posing and solving problems and reasoning in measurement and geometry, thus being a competent and creative mathematics learner who can foster these attributes in their own learners.


Report and reflection on a measurement and geometry inquiry (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Project report on mathematical proficiencies (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • workshops: 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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