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FRNC3001: Advanced French 1

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Designed for students who have completed HSC Continuers or IB French, FRNC3001 will focus on consolidation of grammar, extension of vocabulary and development of communication skills. Students will be introduced to independent learning strategies essential for successful progression through French Studies at University of Sydney. An understanding of contemporary French society and culture will be enhanced through study of authentic written and audiovisual materials.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FRNC3001
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
French Continuers 80% or more or French Continuers + Extension or IB Standard or Higher Level
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Carolyn Stott,
Tutor(s) Nathalie Camerlynck,
Annabel Gassmann,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Role play interview script
Interview script
7.5% Formal exam period
Due date: 09 Jun 2020 at 09:00
750 words per student
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO2
Presentation group assignment Role play interview
Role play submitted as video
7.5% Formal exam period
Due date: 14 Jun 2020 at 23:59
5 minutes per student
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation group assignment Paired oral presentation
Paired oral presentation
15% Multiple weeks 5 minutes per student
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2 LO1 LO6
Assignment Peer evaluation
Peer evaluation
10% Multiple weeks 350 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5
Participation Tutorial preparation & participation
Tutorial preparation & participation
15% Ongoing throughout semester
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3 LO2
Skills-based evaluation Grammar quiz 1
Grammar quiz 1a & 1b
5% Week 04 250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Skills-based evaluation Oral test
Oral test
15% Week 05 7 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO2
Skills-based evaluation Grammar quiz 2
Grammar quiz 2a &2b
5% Week 10 250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Assignment Written test
Textual commentary
15% Week 10
Due date: 10 May 2020 at 23:59
900 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Skills-based evaluation Grammar quiz 3
Grammar quiz 3a & 3b
5% Week 13 250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

All content has now moved online, including assessment submissions and participation. Please refer to Canvas for further information.

  • Written test: students will write a textual commentary in French of “L”Hôte”, following the outline for a Compte rendu found on the LMS Canvas site.
  • Role play interview and script: students will work in groups to produce a script and submit via video a role play in French about “La Mendiante et L’Ecolière”, following the outline for a Commentaire critique found on the LMS Canvas site.
  • Oral presentation: students will work with a classmate to research a set topic associated with one of the short stories studied, which they will present orally to their tutorial group. Students are permitted palm cards with bullet points only; no full sentences; palm cards to be submitted after the presentation.  Students are not expected nor advised to memorize their presentation and will be penalized for doing so.
  • Peer evaluation: students evaluate a classmate’s oral presentation according to the oral presentation criteria listed in the marking grid on Canvas. Students should closely follow the guidelines listed in the rubric for the written peer evaluation.
  • Grammar quizzes: Part 1 must be completed prior to the tutorial; students may complete Part 1 as many times as they wish, and their best score will be recorded. Part 2 of the quiz takes place at the beginning of the tutorial of. Students may not sit Part 2 unless they have completed Part 1.
  • Oral test: students will have 10 minutes to prepare a passage allocated to them from “Précieuse”.  During the test, students will read the passage aloud, then answer questions about it, about the short story in general, and about their semester. Students should refer to the guidelines and to the rubric for further details.
  • Tutorial preparation and participation: this is a subjective assessment made by the tutor of the student’s preparation for and participation in tutorials.  Presence and absence affect this assessment, as does engagement in tutorials; completion of the Library LIBR1000 and the Academic Honesty AHEM1001 modules will also positively contribute to this assessment.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found in the Canvas site for this unit.

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:

Work not submitted on or before the due date is subject to a penalty of 5% per calendar day late. If work is submitted more than 10 days after the due date, or is submitted after the return date, the mark will be 0. Details of the Faculty Resolutions and Provisions regarding late work:

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

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
Week 01 La Vie universitaire Tutorial (2 hr) LO6
Paris Noir: le roman noir Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 02 Paris noir: "Précieuse" Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Grammaire: Pronoms compléments Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 03 Paris Noir: "Précieuse" Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Grammaire: Pronoms compléments Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 04 Paris Noir: "Précieuse" Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Paris Noir: "Précieuse" Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 tests oraux individuels Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Tests oraux individuels Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 06 Décolonisation: la Guerre d'Algérie Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Décolonisation: Loin des Hommes Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 07 Décolonisation: La Guerre d'Algérie Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Décolonisation: La Bataille d'Alger Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 08 Décolonisation: "L'Hôte" Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Grammaire: Articles Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 09 Décolonisation: "L'Hôte" Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Grammaire: Articles Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 10 Test écrit individuel Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Solidarité et francophonie: Fatou Diome Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 11 Solidarité et francophonie: "La Mendiante et L'Ecolière" Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Grammaire: Temps du passé Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 12 Solidarité et francophonie: "La Mendiante et L'Ecolière" Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Grammaire: Temps du passé Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 13 Solidarité et francophonie: "La Mendiante et L'Ecolière" Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Grammaire: Temps du passé Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: students are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board which will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.

Lecture recording: There are no lectures for this unit, therefore no recordings.

Preparation: students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

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 for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available in the Canvas site for this unit.

Required textbook: Ollivier, Jacqueline and Beaudoin, Martin (2016) Grammaire Française 6e éd., Modulo, Montréal

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 a level of written and oral competence in French to at least CEFR level B1 or above, with confidence and a significant degree of disciplinary expertise in the French language, including the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively on a range of topics and in a range of genres
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of various aspects of French and Francophone history and culture
  • LO3. display a degree of problem-solving and critical analysis skills developed through research activities related to French and Francophone language and culture, and its place in the world
  • LO4. exhibit a degree of cultural competence and sense of professional and social responsibility.
  • LO5. communicate ideas effectively in academic discourse
  • LO6. work collaboratively with other students

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.

Since Semester 1, 2019, according to the feedback received by students, the order of short stories and corresponding assessment tasks was changed; instructions for assessment tasks were clarified and one assessment task was modified.


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