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MAC1901 Mathematics for Teachers

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: Linda Galligan
Moderator: Nicholas Flegg


Prospective teachers of mathematics need a substantive and comprehensive knowledge of the content and discourse of mathematics if they are to develop in their students a mathematical power - the ability to explore, conjecture and reason logically and to use a variety of mathematical methods effectively to solve problems. They also need a level of understanding and appreciation of mathematics higher than that expected of students at primary and junior high schools. Consequently, a clearer perspective of the role and importance of mathematics will be gained. This course is designed to meet the needs of preservice teachers of Years 6 -10.


Students will be able to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of mathematics and school mathematics through a variety of experiences involving problem solving, mathematical communication, reasoning and connecting mathematics, its ideas and its applications in the world around us. By working collaboratively and independently, students will be encouraged to think mathematically, and through many success experiences, gain confidence in solving mathematical problems. The content of the course will include the following topics: measurement and geometry; number and algebra; statistics and probability.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate various mathematical concepts and procedures and the connections among them; [items 3 & 4]
  2. demonstrate reasoning, problem solving, fluency and understanding in the thinking and doing of mathematics;[items 2,3 &4]
  3. communicate mathematical ideas effectively at different levels of formality; [items 1-4]
  4. use ICTs as tools to represent mathematical ideas, to construct different representations of mathematical concepts and to solve problems; [item 2]
  5. demonstrate an awareness of the dynamic nature of mathematics and the important role that mathematics plays in culture and society today; [item 4]
  6. be confident and reflective in doing mathematics; [items 1 & 3]


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mathematical Reflections 10.00
2. Technology in Mathematics 10.00
3. Troublesome Knowledge in Mathematics 10.00
4. Review of and issues in 6-10 Number & Algebra content strands 20.00
5. Review of and issues in 6-10 Measurement & Geometry strands 20.00
6. Review of and issues in 6-10 Statistics & Probability strands 20.00
7. Mathematical needs for the 21st century 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Goos, M., Stillman, G., and Vale, C 2007, Teaching Secondary School Mathematics: Research and practice for the 21st century, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Directed Study 71.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 71.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 10 04 Aug 2014 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 35 07 Oct 2014
ASSIGNMENT 3 60 10 20 Oct 2014
2HR RESTRICTED EXAM M/C 40 18 End S2 (see note 2)
2HR RESTRICTED EXAM S/A 60 27 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. Submission of these problem-solving tasks are made on a weekly basis.
  2. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to Examination timetable when published.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to Examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities (such as online discussion groups and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); scientific calculators (non-graphical and non-programmable). Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The USQ library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.