ED1SK04-'A' level options / maths around us

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 0 [0ECTS credits]
Level: 4
Terms in which taught: Spring and Summer
Module Convenor: Mr G Tennant
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2011/2

Email: ess07gdt@reading.ac.uk

This module aims to ensure students have seen enough of mechanics and decision maths (having worked on probability and statistics in module 3) to make an informed choice as to which of these three they wish to specialise in; to equip students with the overview required to begin teaching one of mechanics, decision and statistics at A level standard; to encourage students to apply the mathematics they have learnt to a ?real life? situation of their choice; to develop students? written and verbal communication skills; to develop students? understanding of some of the interconnections between different aspects of mathematics; to explore a number of situations in which mathematical ideas are implemented in the ?real world?, including in conjuring trick scenarios; and finally to cross reference subject knowledge with experience in school.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will complete work on one of decision, mechanics and statistics under the direction of staff from the MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry) project, which will form a portfolio for their scrutiny; complete a substantial piece of written work corresponding to exploring the mathematical content of a ?real life? context of their choice; give a presentation to the rest of the student group and to at least one member of the tutor team; and an assignment relating subject knowledge to classroom experience.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Unit 4.1 A level options: In addition to module 3 which will give a sense of statistics at A level, there will be two ?taster sessions?, giving students a sense of the content within decision and mechanics at A level. On the basis of those taster sessions, students will choose one of statistics, decision and mechanics to concentrate on.

Unit 4.2 Mathematics around us: private research; This unit will involve students choosing an area to research and analyse from a mathematical stand point. This will give rise to a piece of coursework, and also to a presentation.

Unit 4.3 Mathematics around us: an analysis: This will involve a small number of taught sessions towards the end of the course analysing various issues and activities as to their mathematical content. Possibilities include conjuring tricks, bell ringing and others.

Unit 4.4 mathematical interconnections: Whilst the majority of the course deals with topics within mathematics as separate entities, this small unit will bring different facets together, e.g.: quadratics (algebra and geometry); and complex analysis (number, algebra, geometry and calculus).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching is by a variety of methods including tutor and student-led seminars and workshops, practical work, and feedback on individual and group research and presentation work. Students are expected to attend all taught and practical sessions and to complete set work. Students will be regularly set independent or group work, to be done outside of taught sessions and practicals, in order to practice the appropriate skills and to develop knowledge and understanding. They will be supported by the VLE, peer support and tutorials. They will be provided with regular formative feedback in order to achieve an acceptable standard by the end of the module.
In addition to these contact hours trainees will be required to do further hours of independent study.

Contact hours:

  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 65
Tutorials/seminars   30   
Other contact (eg study visits)     20 
Total hours   30  85 
Number of essays or assignments    
Other (eg major seminar paper)     2 (portfolio of work for A level option & MAU presentation) 

All work is given a percentage mark. As this is a pass / fail programme, with no academic credits attached, the marking will provide an indication of the level of achievement and final assessments will be included on a transcript.

The final grade for this module will be based on a combination of summative assessments, practical?s and short tests.
Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Requirements for a pass: 40%

Reassessment arrangements
All reassessments to be completed by end Aug of academic year of entry to enable notification to ITT provider

Last updated: 6 April 2011

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