Mathematics in Practice

EDU20002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 12 hours Face to face + Blended Swinburne online Fully online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22

More teaching periods

Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22



Aims and objectives

In this unit Pre-service teachers gain knowledge of the principles and practices of teaching and learning mathematics in the foundation years of education. They explore a range of strategies for assessing children's mathematical and numerical understandings, and design and implement learning experiences, lessons and lesson sequences that progress children's mathematical thinking. Pre-service teachers will also consider the place of mathematical concepts and numeracy in relevant curriculum frameworks and how these impact teaching and learning practice.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe the difference between mathematics and numeracy in relation to teaching and learning.
2. Apply an understanding of effective pedagogical approaches in supporting mathematics and numeracy learning.
3. Design appropriate and informed assessments of children's numeracy skills and performance in mathematics education.
4. Evaluate and develop a range of learning experiences that utilise ICT to enhance numeracy and mathematics teaching and learning with a focus on student engagement.
5. Communicate mathematical concepts and numeracy as outlined in the relevant National and/or State or Territory Curriculum.
6. Demonstrate personal competency in mathematics.

Courses with unit

BA-EDECP / BA-EDECPS (SOL) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
BA-EDUEC/EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUPRI/EDUPRI1 Bachelor of Education (Primary)
AB-EDU Associate Degree of Education