The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Provides students in Education programs with an insight into the nature of problem-solving in mathematics. In particular, within the scope of the mathematics they have studied, the students will become aware of the process of using mathematics in open-ended problems, the way in which new mathematics can be developed, and mathematics as a human endeavour. Encourages students to think mathematically and increase students' confidence in their mathematical ability.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Undertake an investigation into a problem arising from a pure mathematics setting

2. Undertake a mathematical investigation into a problem arising from a setting outside of mathematics

3. Reflect on the relationship between thinking and working mathematically and mathematics education


  • Working mathematically - approaches to problem-solving
  • Thinking mathematically - problem-posing, generalising, conjecturing, linking.

Assumed knowledge

MATH1900 or equivalent

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

6 additional 2hr Help session workshops will be scheduled due to the size of the course.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Workshops will be incorporated into lecture timeslots as appropriate.