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Statistics for Teaching Secondary (7-10) (MAS541)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an introduction to statistical techniques used to collect, summarise, interpret and present numerical information. This includes graphical displays, estimation and testing, including one- and two-sample tests, frequency tables, and regression. Students are introduced to the use of a spreadsheet package for the analysis of data. Through project work, students will also learn about real-world applications of statistical methods and how the methods can be taught effectively in the secondary education curriculum.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic statistical concepts and be familiar with some of the statistical jargon commonly used in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of numerical information in order to transmit this pedagogical content knowledge to their students.
2. Use some basic statistical techniques and apply them, especially with a focus on teaching these techniques to their students.
3. Critically evaluate and analyse statistical information and arguments found in academic reports and in the media and have developed a healthy scepticism of data and the conclusions often drawn from them.
4. Translate the pedagogical content knowledge to real-world applications to highlight the importance and relevance of statistics for secondary school students.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences This unit uses a mixture of recorded lectures, tutorial exercises, independent reading and assessments to assist students in learning the material covered in the unit. Assessments include assignments, a project, and a final exam. Students practise applications of the Unit Content in the unit notes, textbook and tutorial-style exercises, with guidance from their tutor. This unit encourages self-directed learning and recommends regular practice of statistical techniques using the textbook and the range of learning resources available in the University's Learning Management System.
Assessment All students' abilities to solve relevant mathematical problems will be assessed at regular intervals during the semester via assignments and a mid-semester test (internal only). These assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability in each of the content areas of the unit and to give them regular feedback on their progress, helping them to identify their areas of strength or weakness during the semester. Assignment solutions and results will be posted progressively on the Learning Management System.
The weightings for assessment items are as follows:
External Mode:
Assignments (5) - 25%
Project - 15%
Final Examination - 60%
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Mathematics 7 - 10)
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis or MAS180 Introduction to Statistics may not enrol in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Mathematics 7-10) (GradCertEd(SecMaths))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Helen Middleton
Teaching Scholar

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2200
e: H.Middleton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.005 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
Dr Helen Middleton
Teaching Scholar

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2200
e: H.Middleton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.005 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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