EDCU20037 - Numeracy Learning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Quality experiences and effective learning and teaching interactions are central to the development of children’s confident and purposeful use of Mathematical knowledge and skills in a wide range of situations. In this unit, you will develop knowledge of evidence-based pedagogical approaches that enhance the conceptual understanding and numerate thinking of children in early years and primary school settings. You will apply this knowledge to the analysis and evaluation of resources and teaching practices and devise modifications or improvements that enhance their impact on children’s proficiency in Mathematics. Special emphasis is given to the progression from concrete hands-on activities to symbolic and abstract representation of the four basic operations. In addition, this unit will provide opportunities for you to extend and refine your own Mathematical knowledge and confidence and reflect on your professional learning needs in relation to the effective teaching of Mathematics in early childhood education and care, and primary school settings.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Online Test 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 25.00% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation Survey
Update Moodle materials to include page numbers for latest edition of textbook.
Action Taken
These have been updated and the learning materials changed to PDF format which was very well received.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation Survey
Quiz questions
Align weekly content to quiz questions and supply worked solutions to questions.
Action Taken
Where possible, quizzes were aligned with the content. Problematic questions provided topics for Learning Community discussions and when needed tutorial conversations.
Source: Student unit evaluations
More consistency between the writing standards (paragraph spacing and font size requirements) is required. This would help streamline expectations.
Students are encouraged to make use of the ALC APA Formatting Guidelines. Utilising this same document across the faculty would help to streamline expectations.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate strategies and resources for teaching mathematical understanding and the purposeful application of numeracy in a range of learning contexts and situations
  2. Identify, select and use teaching and learning strategies and resources that build on and support the development of learners' numeracy skills including mathematical applications and problem solving
  3. Identify appropriate strategies for gathering information and making judgments about students' numeracy development
  4. Assess and develop personal numeracy skills
  5. Reflect on personal numeracy competence to describe ways in which professional learning for teachers contributes to effective teaching practice and improved student learning outcomes.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.2 Understand how students learn

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

5.1 Assess student learning

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8