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ESM424 - Mathematics: Curriculum Study

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X)

Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses D342, D344, D347, D351, E377, E365, E455 and E356M only)
Unit chair:C Vale

Minimum discipline study requirement is a sub-major study in Mathematics equivalent to half a year of successful full-time higher education study. In most programs this equates to four units of mathematics including sequential units with no more than two of these four units at first year level. Statistics is accepted as Mathematics provided it is taken within a Mathematics Department. 

Contact hours: 3 hours per week


Wherever possible students should enrol in the on-campus version of this unit.


This unit simultaneously focuses on mathematical content and teaching and learning approaches that increase Year 7 - 10 students' opportunities to learn mathematics. Informed by findings from middle years research, and guided by the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (2005), and National Curriculum Documents, autonomous student thinking is a focus of attention. A diversity of tasks (from the areas of Number, Space, Measurement, Chance and Data, Structure - numeric and algebraic structure) is examined. Tasks are then designed and implemented, and reflections upon the learning that occurred model the thinking of reflective teachers. Many complexities associated with classroom teaching (e.g., catering for individual differences, implementing effective group work, and capitalising on technology to support student learning) are identified and discussed. Study of assessment techniques focuses on monitoring student progress to promote further learning, assessing students' mathematical performance, and providing opportunities for students to demonstrate they can work mathematically.


Task 1 50% - Use research, independent thinking, and online discussion spaces to collaboratively design, develop and implement a learning activity, and collaboratively and individually reflect on its usefulness.


Task 2 50% - Formulate an inquiry associated with the learning of mathematics through practicum participation, and interrogate research literature to explore this question.


All tasks will be criterion referenced.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Student Contribution Rate***Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2009
*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
**** Fee rate for students who commenced studies from 2005
***** Fee rate for students who commenced studies from 2006
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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