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ESM724 - Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Sandra Herbert
Cohort rule:

Students commencing in 2020 must be enrolled in course D304, E760, E763 or E765


D304 students must have passed 24 credit points of study at levels 1, 2 & 3 with a minimum WAM of 60%

Students must pass 4 units in total:
must complete EEE754, 
plus 1 unit from EEE755, EEE756, EPR721, EPR731, EPR751



E762 course students must pass any co-req unit in EPR724

E765 course students must pass any co-req unit in EPR754

Incompatible with:

EME209, EME409, ESM424

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).


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 Australian Curriculum. Autonomous student thinking is a focus of attention.

A diversity of tasks from various mathematical domains (e.g. the areas of Number, Space, Measurement, Probability and Statistics Chance and Data, Structure including- numeric and algebraic structure) are examined. Tasks are then designed and implemented, and reflections upon the learning that occurred are a focus intended to develop the types of 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.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Collaborate as part of a mathematics teaching and learning team contributing and communicating in meaningful and effective ways to the work and professional learning of such teams

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork


Analyse and synthesise information regarding mathematics curricula, mathematics teaching approaches, students' learning and misconceptions

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically evaluate teaching and assessment resources, tasks and materials including digital tools and connective technologies (eg. dynamic mathematics software, graphics calculators and computer algebra systems, online interactive tools and digital connective learning environments)

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking


Synthesise information about students' cultures, mathematical 
dispositions and engagement and apply this knowledge when planning teaching and reflecting on student learning

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Select, design and sequence mathematics learning tasks and lessons and prepare and critically reflect on their implementation with respect to student learning

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Take a resilient problem-solving approach to your research and reflection on practice to optimise on-going professional learning of mathematics teaching and learning

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

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 - Evidence-Based Inquiry Essay, Rehearsal and Individual Reflections

2500 words 50% Week 6

Assessment 2 - Theory Informing Practice

2500 words 50% 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 ESM724
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.

Unit Fee Information

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