Course Title: Mathematics Method B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mathematics Method B

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Tass Barkatsas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7423

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.3.06

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Sub-major study in Mathematics (Statistics is accepted as Mathematics provided it is taken within a Mathematics Department)

Course Description

This is a methods course that focuses teaching Mathematics in VCE. Students will be introduced to curriculum frameworks and appropriate methodologies in teaching mathematics at the senior levels of secondary schooling. This course will focus on pedagogy, assessment and reporting practices.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:

  • Understand mathematical content used in the VCE curriculum.
  • Plan and implement curriculum drawing on a range of support materials.
  • Understand contemporary approaches to the teaching and learning of Mathematics.
  • Develop practical teaching skills to engage learners in mathematics.
  • Effectively assess and report on students’ learning in Mathematics.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Know the mathematical content of VCE.
  • Relate learning outcomes to selected Mathematical content and classroom activities.
  • Plan an ongoing unit, implement relevant activities and assess students’ learning.
  • Collect and organise ideas and resources supporting the teaching of senior levels of secondary school mathematics.
  • Understand contemporary approaches in assessment, learning and teaching in relation to mathematics including recording of individual student performance and reporting within the school community.
  • Show awareness of issues pertaining to mathematics education, including gender differences, and the influence of information technology.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:

  • Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
  • Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
  • Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:

  • Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
  • Teachers know the content they teach.
  • Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
  • Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
  • Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.
  • Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
  • Teachers are active members of their profession.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

See Part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.