Course Title: Professional Experience:Developing a Sense of Number

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience:Developing a Sense of Number

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Brunswick Campus


360H Education

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dianne Siemon & Angela Rogers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7916 & +61 3 9925 9459

Course Coordinator Email: &

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

TCHE2458/TCHE2494 Introduction to Mathematics and Numeracy

Course Description

This course is one of a sequence of professional experience courses designed to develop your teaching practice in a work-integrated learning context. In this course you will focus on a conceptually-rich, strategy-driven approach to the teaching and learning of Number in primary schools. You will be introduced more formally to the links between theory and practice, and relevant aspects of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and AUSVELS. You will develop your knowledge of concepts, skills and strategies needed to recognise and respond effectively to student number related learning needs.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Program Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.
  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. 
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.
  • Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Engage professionally in an education setting with colleagues parents, carers and the community
  • Apply strategies to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts, skills and strategies involved in the teaching and learning of Number in primary schools
  • Use a range of assessment tools to identify student learning needs in the relation to the big ideas in Number, observe and interpret students’ mathematical behaviour, and plan effective learning activities to meet those needs
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate effective mathematics learning experiences that promote the negotiation of meaning and support the development of problem solving, mathematical reasoning, conceptual understanding and procedural fluency in relation to Number
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current curriculum and appropriate contemporary resources including the use of technologies in designing effective mathematics learning experiences.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Work integrated learning is a major teaching and learning theme for this course and it puts you at the centre of the learning process and makes you responsible for your learning. The teaching team will support you in the development, progress and completion of your assessment tasks. This course involves the successful completion of professional experience; learning activities will ask you to link theory with practical areas of the profession in a variety of education settings.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1