The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The development of selected topics from the key areas of K-6 syllabus (Space, Number and Measurement) are followed from their concrete introductions through to various higher level abstractions. The aim in studying this development is to put the topics taught at the elementary level into the broader perspectives of the discipline of mathematics and the teaching of mathematics.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MATH2910. Students who have successfully completed MATH2910 are not eligible to enrol in MATH3910.

Learning outcomes

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

1. articulate how mathematical ideas have been developed using topics that have their genesis in school level mathematics as examples

2. critically compare and contrast the ways in which teachers of mathematics and other end-users of mathematics need to understand mathematical content


Number concepts: including topics such as whole numbers, integers, real numbers and notions of infinity

Measurement concepts: including topics such as area, time and mass.

Spatial concepts: including topics such as plane geometry, taxicab geometry, symmetry and the shape of space.


Assumed knowledge

MATH1900 or equivalent mathematical background.

Assessment items

Portfolio: Final Portfolio

Written Assignment: Draft submission of section 1

Written Assignment: Draft submission of section 4

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1