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FRNC1601: French 1

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study is designed for students with little or no formal experience in French. It aims to provide students with the tools to develop independent language learning skills. Through the introduction of authentic material in French, students will develop a mastery of the basic grammatical structures of the language, as well as awareness and understanding of the French and Francophone cultures.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FRNC1601
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
IB ab initio or IB Standard or equivalent
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Lea Vuong,
Tutor(s) Eve Nachin,
Rita Orsini,
Josephine Goldman,
Christel Rome,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Active class participation
Active class/online participation
10% Ongoing
Due date: 20 Feb 2023 at 00:00
Ongoing active participation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Weekly discussion posts
Weekly discussion posts on Canvas
10% Ongoing
Due date: 24 Feb 2023 at 23:59
Equivalent to 500 words in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation Oral Test (in class)
Oral test in class
15% Week 06
Due date: 29 Mar 2023 at 00:00
Equivalent to 500 words in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Individual project
Written Assignment
20% Week 08
Due date: 17 Apr 2023 at 23:59
Equivalent to 1000 words in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task In class written test
In class written test
20% Week 10
Due date: 03 May 2023 at 00:00
Equivalent to 1000 words in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Final Test (oral test)
Final oral test
25% Week 13
Due date: 22 May 2023 at 00:00
Equivalent to 1500 words in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

Please refer to Canvas for assessment description and details.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

See Coursework Policy 2014

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Students will have 4 weekly contact hours of tutorial for 13 weeks, where they will follow current events relating to the French and Francophone world all the while developing written and oral skills in French. Please refer to Canvas for this semester's theme and weekly programme information. Tutorial (52 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance to all weekly tutorials is compulsory. Attendance should be complemented by individual study. It is expected that students will spend three to five hours of individual study time every week in addition to contact teaching.

Detailed guidance on how to best organise your individual study will be provided on Canvas and in class at the beginning of the semester.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings and other resources for this unit will be available on Canvas.

Students should have access to physical and/or online resources, such as bilingual and monolingual dictionaries

Students are expected to use a personal vocabulary notebook throughout the semester.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of simple oral and written French
  • LO2. demonstrate the ability to interact at a basic level in French on a range of topics relating to French and Francophone societies and cultures
  • LO3. approach materials related to the French and Francophone world from a multicultural perspective, broadening interdisciplinary skills.
  • LO4. learn and master tools and techniques to understand and extract information from authentic material in French
  • LO5. build up and acquire vocabulary in French by listening, reading and watching authentic material in French
  • LO6. acquire grammatical skills to understand and produce a range of short textual/oral/video pieces in French

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

This unit was completely redesigned in 2021 from previous iterations. All content used is authentic and related to current events, and there is no longer the use of an externally-produced manual. From last July Intensive unit of study survey feedback, we have taken into account some of the constructive feedback and endeavour to provide more preparation towards the Speaking test (Week 3 Day 12) as well as the Video assignment (speaking about self and family Week 2 Wednesday).


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