EPM742 - Primary Mathematical Development

Unit details

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online), CBD*

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Leicha Bragg
Trimester 2: Leicha Bragg
Cohort rule:

Students commencing in 2020 must be enrolled in course E762, E764, E765


Students commencing course E762, E764, E765 in 2020, must have passed 2 units from EEE754, EEE755, EEE756, EPR721, EPR751, EPR771




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, independent study and, 1 x 3-hour seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks).

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous discussions in CloudDeakin throughout the trimester.


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


The unit adopts a framework of children as learners who construct their own understanding of mathematics in the home, the classroom and the wider community. The unit aims to promote students’ understanding of how children’s mathematical concepts develop in the key areas of mathematics — number, measurement, space and chance and data. Students will explore the development of effective learning programs to support children’s construction of mathematical concepts. Students will be introduced to a range of effective teaching strategies and aids, as well as effective ways of incorporating the use of learning technologies. State, national and international curriculum materials will be referred to and used extensively. 


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically analyse, synthesise and apply their knowledge of ways in which children's mathematical concepts develop in order to create learning activities that respond to the needs of students

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Select and justify the use of effective resources for the teaching of primary mathematics and appropriate ways of incorporating the use of learning technologies, including calculators and computers GLO3: Digital literacy


Create challenging, coherent and inclusive learning activities to support children's construction of mathematical concepts GLO4: Critical thinking


Interpret and apply current state, national and international curriculum documents, policies, and programs for teaching and monitoring children's mathematical development GLO2: Communication


Work autonomously to develop their knowledge of contemporary educational issues in mathematics education GLO6 Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Report based on interviews with children

2000 words equivalent 40% Week 5

Assessment 2 - Teaching plan based on interview data collected for Assessment 1

1500 words equivalent 30% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Literature review 1500 words equivalent 30% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: EPM742 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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