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Extending Understanding of Primary Mathematics EPR321


Mathematics is a key learning area for all students and essential to an individual's ability to fully participate in society. The teaching of mathematics at all levels is changing in response to research into its teaching and learning and to ongoing changes in society. Research has shown that significant numbers of students become less positive about mathematics and their own ability to do mathematics during the later years of their primary education and in their early secondary education. Teachers of senior primary school mathematics must be able to teach in ways that facilitate students' learning and also be able to extend these students when needed. This unit will enable students to study topics in mathematics of particular relevance in the later primary years and the early secondary years, including integers, proportional reasoning, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability and introductory algebra.


Unit name Extending Understanding of Primary Mathematics
Unit code EPR321
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Carol Murphy
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 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 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical topics relevant to Year 5 to Year 8, including real numbers, indices, proportional reasoning, algebraic thinking, geometry, statistics and measurement
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of mathematics content and pedagogy to plan and design coherent teaching sequences which reference Year 5 to Year 8 content
  • Make informed decisions in selecting examples, resources, and questions when teaching topics in mathematics
  • Communicate in written form in a scholarly manner, with correct usage of English and mathematical conventions

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
070103 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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EPR220 or ESH220


Teaching Pattern

Off Campus: 

Weekly online lectures (2 hours), weekly online tutorials (2 hours)

AssessmentSecret Numbers (10%)|Working with Prime Numbers (40%)|Lesson Sequence (50%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (2022). Mathematics

Van de Walle, J. et al. (2019). Primary and middle years mathematics: Teaching developmentally. Pearson (Australian Edition)*

*eBook accessible via Library




Watson, A., & Mason, J. (2005). Mathematics as a constructive activity: Learners generating examples. New York: Routledge.
Watson, J. M. (2006). Statistical literacy at school. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
University of Tasmania (2024). APA 7th edition. In Referencing guide. Retrieved from

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