Teaching Number, Algebra and Probability in the Primary Years - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Exercises (50%) , Report (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit considers the main content ideas and pedagogical approaches for effective teaching of number, algebra and probability to primary children. It uses a ‘big ideas’ approach combined with constructivist teaching through inquiry and problem solving.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply a deep understanding of the Number and Algebra strand of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and how to teach it to children of varying learning abilities
  2. interpret and validate children’s demonstration of their knowledge of number and algebra
  3. appraise social constructivist approaches to planning for mathematical learning and the development of numeracy
  4. develop a teaching plan based on the ‘big ideas’ of number and containing links with key concepts for teaching probability
  5. investigate and critique best practice for teaching and assessing Probability through the proficiencies of problem solving and reasoning.
  • Exercises (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1'Big ideas' of number. Early number experiences
2Place value and Base Ten number system
3Multiplicative Thinking
5Fractions > Decimals
6Fractions > Decimals > Percentage > Proportional reasoning - Linking `big ideas' of number
7Mental computation, understanding operations, and written computation
8Mental computation, understanding operations, and written computation. Making computational choices
9Algebraic thinking - pre-algebra and patterns. The 'big ideas' of algebra - Part A
10Algebraic thinking - pre-algebra and patterns. The 'big ideas' of algebra - Part B
11Experiential, experimental, and theoretical probability
12Experiential, experimental, and theoretical probability - teaching through an inquiry approach
13Reflection and review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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