The Numerate Educator - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Reflection on Results (10%) , Portfolio - ePortfolio Personal numeracy (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit precedes a series of units on mathematics education and focuses on pre-service teacher mathematical content knowledge and personal numeracy. Personal numeracy skills in mathematical relationships, expressions, and applications will be developed and personal attitudes and anxiety towards mathematics and levels of confidence of educators about teaching mathematics will be explored and addressed. The impact of educator mathematical content knowledge on the development and application of appropriate numeracy teaching strategies will be emphasised. Personal numeracy required by educators will be extended through consideration of mathematics in work and leisure, as well its role as a tool for understanding the world. Mathematical language and how to communicate mathematical ideas with words, pictures and symbols are emphasised. Particular aspects of mathematics required for teaching, including basic statistics, interpretation of national test data, and interpretation of research and government documents, are also covered. This unit emphasises Standard 2 (know the content and how to teach it) of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and aspects of Standard 5 (specifically 5.4). In addition, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Curriculum Specification 1 (psychology and child development), 2 (Education and curriculum studies), and 3 (early childhood pedagogies) are addressed.

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

  1. demonstrate increased personal numeracy skills in mathematical relationships, expressions, and applications and recognise the importance of this knowledge for the effective use of numeracy teaching strategies.
  2. analyse personal levels of competence and confidence about mathematics and successfully implement a plan to meet required standards
  3. critique and interpret test results then develop an appropriate way of communicating results to parents and/or stakeholders, incorporating how results will be incorporated into future learning sequences and lesson planning
  4. critically evaluate the use of mathematics in print and electronic media
  5. analyse the breadth of the occurrence of mathematics in the everyday world.
  • Assignment — Reflection on Results (10%)
  • Portfolio — ePortfolio Personal numeracy (50%)
  • Report — Assessment Results (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials — Provide an email address
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Personal Mathematics Competency
2Extended Personal Use of Mathematics
3Essential Statistics
4NAPLAN What is it and what does it mean
5Personal numeracy and use of mathematics
6Numeracy in the real world
7Technologies and mathematics
8The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
9Mathematical language and terminology
10Mathematics of the Human Body
11Mathematics - a history
12Exploring Mathematics and using it to communicate
13Open forum discussion and the review of the unit outcomes

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • How to Improve Your Maths Skills + MyMathLab - Value


    ISBN: 9781488608766


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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