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EDCU20037 - Numeracy Learning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Effective numeracy instruction is central to primary school students' learning in Mathematics and all other areas of the school curriculum. This course aims to develop skills in mathematical problem solving, modeling mathematical knowledge and personal numeracy competency skills. The student should be able to identify and select teaching and learning strategies that respond to the required Australian standards. Students are provided with concrete hands-on activities that should lead to the development of symbolic and abstract concepts. Special emphasis is also given to the four basic mathematical operations and how these are best understood by learners in primary school learning contexts including the assessment and reporting procedures specific to numeracy practices.


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 2 - 2015

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Term 1 - 2022 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.73% 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: Moodle evaluation
Interactive lectures
Maintain the use of breakout rooms and explore further opportunities for interactive group learning.
Action Taken
Breakout rooms were utilised in Zoom tutorials on a regular basis.
Source: Moodle evaluation
Maintain textbook or source similar.
Action Taken
Textbook was retained
Source: Moodle evaluation
Assessment feedback
Feedback specifically focuses on how to improve.
Action Taken
Feedback provides explicit instruction for how to improve.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation Survey
Update Moodle materials to include page numbers for latest edition of textbook.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation Survey
Quiz questions
Align weekly content to quiz questions and supply worked solutions to questions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the numeracy demands of primary schooling contexts
  2. Critically examine strategies and resources to teach the numeracy skills necessary for learners to achieve identified learning outcomes and demonstrate effective numeracy in a range of learning contexts
  3. 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
  4. Identify appropriate numeracy assessment strategies for gathering information and making judgments about students' numeracy development
  5. Assess and develop personal numeracy skills
  6. Reflect on professional learning to describe processes and strategies that improve teaching practice and student learning

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

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

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 6
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 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test