Courses & Units

Teaching Primary Mathematics 1 EMT521




This unit introduces students to pedagogies appropriate for teaching primary mathematics. The unit will model and provide opportunities for students to engage with rich tasks, group work, problem solving, and differentiating the curriculum using examples from the number domain of the Australian Curriculum. Students will develop their understanding of appropriate pedagogies for teaching mathematics and their knowledge of relevant curricula, the development of students' thinking in number, and the relationship of content knowledge to pedagogy. It will provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to deepen their own mathematical content knowledge within the domain of number, assess primary students' mathematical thinking using work samples and to evaluate teaching resources.


Unit name Teaching Primary Mathematics 1
Unit code EMT521
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Education
Discipline School of Education

Nicole Muir

Teaching staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2017 23/11/2017 22/12/2017 13/2/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 070103

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



Teaching Pattern

On campus: Multi-modal presentation/lecture equivalent delivered online (13 weeks) 1 x 2 hour tutorial - face to face (13 weeks).

Online: Fully online with weekly readings, presentations and activities


50% Internal Assessment, 50% Exam.

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Flexible Study Options

This unit is available face to face on Hobart Campus only and fully online via distance enrolment


  • Faigley, L. (2013). The little Penguin handbook (2nd ed.). Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.
  • Muir, T. (Ed.). (2013). Primary and early childhood mathematics pedagogy. (3rd ed.). Sydney: Pearson. [This is a Custom Book published by Pearson and is available from the Co-op Bookshop]
  • Siemon, D., Beswick, K., Brady, K., Clark, J., Faragher, R., & Warren, E. (2015). Teaching mathematics foundations to middle years (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press.

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