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Teaching the Middle School Mathematics Curriculum EMT527



A minimum enrolment number of 12 applies to this offering in on campus mode. 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.

Students enrolling in this unit do not have sufficient mathematics at the tertiary level to be eligible to have mathematics as a teaching method qualification. This unit is intended for those students who are only qualified for one teaching specialisation. Students who have completed at least four 12.5% units of tertiary maths study, with no more than two at first year, should enrol in EMT525 Teaching the 7-12 Mathematics Curriculum instead of this unit.

Enrolment in this unit requires a science degree, or Year 12 pre-tertiary mathematics subjects (such as Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialised, or Maths Applied), or at least one-eighth of a year's study of first-year tertiary level mathematics or statistics, or other equivalent study


This unit is the first of a pair of units that present the theory, methods and practice of teaching middle school mathematics and numeracy. EMT527 addresses the Year 7-9 curriculum and its implementation. Curriculum documents will be a major focus (including the Australian Curriculum, local and international curricula), alongside implementation strategies, related resources and expected learning outcomes. Significant topics include the teaching and learning of rational and irrational numbers, and integer arithmetic; proportional reasoning; early algebra learning; probability; statistics; geometry; and principles of lesson planning.

Teaching and learning experiences involve participation in practical activities as well as an analysis of the issues related to mathematics education.

The broad aims for this unit are to:

  • Develop personal competence, understanding and confidence with the mathematical concepts, knowledge and skills that are essential for the curriculum at the level of teaching anticipated.
  • Acquire knowledge and develop skills relating to the progression and development of the topics in the Mathematics curriculum from Year 7 to Year 9.
  • Engage in discussions and develop opinions about current issues in Mathematics and numeracy education and the secondary years of schooling.
  • Build understanding of variations in students' progression through the curriculum


Unit name Teaching the Middle School Mathematics Curriculum
Unit code EMT527
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Associate Professor Helen Chick
Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 070105

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Teaching Pattern

Face to face: 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial for 13 weeks.

Online: Fully online with weekly readings and activities.


Task 1: Decimals interview task (40%). Task 2: Preparing a lesson (60%). Task 3: Content hurdle tests (required).

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Flexible Study Options

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



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