Courses & Units

Personal and Professional Numeracy EMT520



Minimum enrolment number of 12 applies to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the on-line offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


This unit is the foundation mathematics and numeracy unit for the Master of Teaching. It provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon and to develop their understanding of concepts that are central to mathematics curricula; to consider the cross-curricula implications and opportunities afforded by these topics; and to develop quantitative literacy understandings that will enable them to be informed professionals. Foci of the unit include the development of a critical orientation to presentation of mathematical concepts in the media, and an appreciation of the importance of quantitative understandings to the personal and professional lives of all teachers


Unit name Personal and Professional Numeracy
Unit code EMT520
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Jacky Chong

Teaching staff

Dr. Robyn Reaburn

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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts underpinning critical numeracy.
  2. Identify and evaluate upon critical numeracy in media reports and in other contexts relevant to different curriculum areas.
  3. Complete, analyse and reflect upon an educational numeracy activity.
  4. Analyse quantitative knowledge involved in personal and professional decision making.
  5. Use literacy skills to present evidence, including relevant literature, to support arguments about issues related to personal and professional numeracy.



Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
070199 $493.0 $493.0 not applicable $2,108.0

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Online lectures
Face-to-face 2 hour tutorial for 13 weeks

Off Campus:
Fully online with weekly readings and activities.


Task 1: Beliefs about Mathematics, 600 words (10%)

Task 2: Numeracy in the Media, 2000 words (40%)

Task 3: Numeracy in Another Discipline, 1200 + 800 words (50%)

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