Course Outline

EDU748 Teaching Senior Secondary Mathematics

Course Coordinator:Margaret Marshman ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course, you will develop specialised knowledge and skills for implementing the Queensland Senior Secondary Mathematics curriculum. You will learn how to design lesson plans and learning sequences that will engage diverse learners. You will explore and evaluate a range of pedagogy, assessment and reporting strategies that maximise learning outcomes for senior students, including developing strategies for supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT learning within Mathematics.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – You are required to engage with asynchronous materials and activities accessed through Canvas modules, course readings, and textbook activities. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – face to face tutorials 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – On campus 2hrs Week 3 3 times

Course Topics

  • Senior Curriculum documents in Mathematics
  • Curriculum planning and alignment of content, pedagogy and assessment 
  • Teaching and learning strategies for engagement in Mathematics
  • Assessment and reporting practices in the senior phase
  • Mathematical modelling and problem solving
  • Integrating resources, including information and communication technologies (ICT) into mathematics curriculum
  • Literacy and numeracy in senior mathematics
  • Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, culture and knowledges in the senior mathematics curriculum

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Apply your knowledge of Mathematics content and curriculum to develop activities for mathematical modelling and problem-solving teaching sequences and assessment strategies to engage all learners. Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
2 Apply a student-centred approach to curriculum planning, assessment, feedback and reporting of student achievement in Mathematics. Creative and critical thinker
2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
3 Demonstrate quality teaching strategies that support the diversity of learners in senior Mathematics. Engaged
2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1
4 Apply knowledge of the use of graphics calculators and other technologies to support the use of mathematical modelling and Problem solving in Mathematics. Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.6, 3.4, 4.5
5 Create oral and/or written communication concerning curriculum teaching, learning and assessment in senior secondary mathematics for classroom and professional contexts. Empowered
2, 2.5

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
2 Know the content and how to teach it
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 Use teaching strategies
3.4 Select and use resources
4.1 Support student participation
4.2 Manage classroom activities
4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
5.1 Assess student learning
5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning
5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements
5.4 Interpret student data
5.5 Report on student achievement

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program ED706 and a Mathematics Teaching area


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Students enrolled in this course will have completed undergraduate studies with a Mathematics major or minor.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Feedback on the assessment tasks will be available during tutorials in Weeks 2 and 3.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral Individual and Group 20%
6 minutes
Week 4 In Class
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Group 40%
40 minutes
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Portfolio Individual 40%
2200 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Assessment in Mathematics
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your understanding of problem solving and modelling, assessment, moderation, and its alignment with the requirements of the chosen Senior Mathematics curriculum document.
Product: Oral
In groups of 2 or 3 you will complete one of the Problem-solving and modelling tasks (PSMT) provided on Canvas from General Mathematics, Mathematics Methods, or Specialist Mathematics. There will be some time provided in tutorials in weeks 1 and 2 to work on the task.
In week 3 you will use the Instrument Specific Marking Guide (ISMG) to mark some responses to the PSMT and as a tutorial group moderate this marking.

In the tutorial during week 4 you will do a multimedia presentation including:
•	The mathematics and technology needed to successfully complete the PSMT 
•	Alignment of the task with the curriculum
•	Challenges and learnings from completing, assessing and moderating the PSMT.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Understanding and application of knowledge of mathematics content, curriculum, and assessment strategies
1 2
Understanding and knowledge of the role of technology in senior secondary mathematics
Professional oral and written communication including grammar, English expression, and technical accuracy.
All - Assessment Task 2:Technology in Mathematics Seminar
The goal of this task is to develop skills in preparing technology resources; demonstrate ways of using computer software and graphics calculators in teaching mathematics; and share ideas with colleagues in a professional development setting.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
In pairs you will choose a topic from one of the General Mathematics, Mathematics Methods or Specialist Mathematics syllabus, and prepare a technology-based activity designed to teach some aspect of the topic.
In week 10 during the seminar or tutorial as a pair you will:
1.	Present the activity to an audience of your peers. This presentation will take the form of a professional development seminar lasting 20-30 minutes. Allow about 20 minutes for fellow students to try the activity, and a further 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
2.	To accompany your oral presentation, provide a handout containing information that will enable another teacher to implement the activity. Your handout should:
•	Identify the Syllabus, (General Mathematics, Mathematics Methods or Specialist Mathematics) Unit, topic and subject matter
•	Describe any modifications made to the original form of the activity and the source of the activity
•	In a rationale explain the purpose of the activity and its relevance to the mathematical topic
•	State the problem to be solved or task to be completed
•	Include possible solutions
•	Include teaching notes
3.	Submit your handout in hard copy
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of deep knowledge mathematics content and curriculum, and assessment strategies
1 2 3
Application of deep knowledge of technology in senior secondary mathematics
Create professional oral and written communication including grammar, English expression, and technical accuracy.
All - Assessment Task 3:Retrospective Learning Sequence
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your understanding and application of teaching, learning and assessment in senior mathematics.
Product: Portfolio
Review the sample internal assessment: Examination (for units 1 or 2) information available from the QCAA website for either General Mathematics: 
Or Mathematics Methods:  
Prepare a portfolio that identifies, describes and justifies teaching and learning that support students to undertake the internal assessment task. Draw on syllabus and course readings to provide an account that: 
•	Identifies the unit and topics for this assessment task 
•	Explains how the assessment task connects with the senior secondary syllabus 
•	Explains how student achievements in formative and summative assessment tasks might be used to plan teaching and learning sequences 
•	Justify three specific sequential examples of teaching and learning experiences that you would draw upon to engage students in this unit for one topic and prepare them for assessment task. 
Provide a formative assessment task that will assess the learning in these three experiences and detail the feedback process you will use with students.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and application of mathematics unit objectives, subject matter, sample learning experiences, resources, literacy, numeracy, ICT and 21st-century skills that engage students.
1 2
Justification of assessment, feedback and pedagogical decision making.
Use of credible evidence and sources.
Written communication and academic literacies including grammar, English expression, APA referencing conventions, and technical accuracy.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Merrilyn Goos,Gloria Stillman,Colleen Vale,Sandra Herbert,Vince Geiger 2017 Teaching Secondary School Mathematics n/a n/a

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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