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Mathematical Methods

Employability skills

Units 1 and 2

Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2 provide students with the opportunity to engage in a range of learning activities. In addition to demonstrating their understanding and mastery of the content and skills specific to the study, students may also develop employability skills through their learning activities.

The nationally agreed employability skills* are: Communication; Planning and organising; Teamwork; Problem solving; Self-management; Initiative and enterprise; Technology; and Learning.

Each employability skill contains a number of facets that have a broad coverage of all employment contexts and designed to describe all employees. The table below links those facets that may be understood and applied in a school or non-employment related setting, to the types of assessment commonly undertaken within the VCE study.

Students undertaking the following types of assessment, in addition to demonstrating their understanding and mastery of the study, typically demonstrate the following key competencies and employability skills.

Assessment taskEmployability skills - selected facets
AssignmentsUse of information and communications technology
TestsSelf management, use of information and communications technology
Summary or review notesSelf management
Mathematical investigationsCommunication, team work, self management, planning and organisation, use of information and communications technology, initiative and enterprise
Short written responsesCommunication, problem solving
Problem-solving tasksCommunication, problem solving, team work, use of information and communications technology
Modelling tasksProblem solving, planning and organisation, use of information and communications technology

Units 3 and 4

Students undertaking the following types of assessment, in addition to demonstrating their understanding and mastery of the content of the study, typically demonstrate the following key competencies and employability skills.

Assessment taskEmployability skills - selected facets
Modelling or problem-solving taskPlanning and organising, solving problems, using mathematical ideas and techniques (written) communication, use of information and communications technology, self management
Application taskPlanning and organising, solving problems, using mathematical ideas and techniques (written) communication, use of information and communications technology, self management

*The employability skills are derived from the Employability Skills Framework (Employability Skills for the Future, 2002), developed by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Business Council of Australia, and published by the (former) Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.