The Numerate Educator - 2017

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 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Analysis and Report (50%) , Exercises (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This Unit is the first in a series of four on mathematical education for pre-service teachers. In this Unit the focus is on mathematical content knowledge and personal numeracy. Skills in all strands of the Australian mathematics curriculum will be developed and confidence levels in educators will be addressed. Mathematical language and methods of communicating mathematical ideas with words, pictures and symbols are emphasised. The particular aspects of mathematics required for teaching, including basic statistics and interpretation of research, are covered. The Unit examines development of best practice in mathematics lessons in preparation for subsequent units.

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.

*** This unit has a required ebook. - Helping Children Learn Mathematics 2nd Aust by Robert Reys, Mary Lindquist The ebook is readily available through the suppliers webpage -

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

  1. demonstrate personal numeracy through flexible application of mathematical understanding and explain the importance of this for effective teaching
  2. analyse relevant Australian Curriculum Mathematics documents and identify how key ideas are linked across the strands
  3. demonstrate mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge appropriate for teaching early number and algebra from a conceptual standpoint
  4. identify components of best practice in mathematics teaching and integrate these with effective planning and student achievement.
  • Assignment — Analysis and Report (50%)
  • Exercises (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials — Required Ebook - Helping Children Learn Mathematics 2nd Aust by Robert Reys, Mary Lindquist The EBook is readily available through the suppliers webpage -

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.

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