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FRNC3999: Interdisciplinary Impact

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

Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FRNC3999
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
Interdisciplinary Impact in another major
Completion of at least 90 credit points
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Antonia Rubino,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Critical engagement and participation in learning
20% - Weekly engagement
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2
Assignment Research Guide
Mix of peer evaluation in class and submission of work to Canvas
20% Week 05
Due date: 27 Mar 2020 at 23:59
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5
Assignment Critical reflection: from Disciplinarity to Interdisciplinarity
30% Week 10
Due date: 08 May 2020 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO2
Assignment group assignment Poster presentation - supplementary materials
5% Week 12
Due date: 24 May 2020 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Presentation group assignment Poster Presentation
Student groups will present their case study proposal in poster format
25% Week 13
Due date: 25 May 2020 at 09:00
12 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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.

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 Disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity Lecture (1 hr)  
Disciplinary mapping Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 02 Where do I come from? Understanding disciplinarity Lecture (1 hr)  
Introduction to case studies Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 03 Situated knowledges and validity in knowledge claims Lecture (1 hr)  
Collaborative practice and critical reflection Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 04 Rich Data for Interdisciplinary Research Lecture (1 hr)  
Rich data collection; understanding interdisciplinary research in collaborative contexts Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 05 Negotiating complex problems, determining driving questions Lecture (1 hr)  
Complex problems and Driving Questions; Research Guide Peer Assessment task Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 06 Successfully bringing together diverse knowledge practices with LCT (Legitimation Code Theory) Lecture (1 hr)  
LCT workshop Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 07 Place-based and site-specific research Lecture (1 hr)  
Expert consultations and experiential learning Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 08 Cultural competence and diversity in interdisciplinary collaboration Lecture (1 hr)  
Integrating cultural competence into collaboration Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 09 "Becoming interdisciplinary" - panel discussion Lecture (1 hr)  
Facilitation of case study project development Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 10 Effective communication and presentation of interdsiciplinary research on complex problems Lecture (1 hr)  
Facilitation of case study project development Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 11 Where did I come from? Disciplinarity to interdisciplinarity Lecture (1 hr)  
Facilitation of case study project development Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 12 Facilitation of case study project development Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 13 Festival of Interdisciplinary Learning Presentation (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 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. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • 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

See canvas site

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. map and demonstrate an understanding of how disciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding contribute to interdisciplinary knowing
  • LO2. demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding gained in creativity, collaboration, critical reflection and communication in interdisciplinary knowing
  • LO3. demonstrate high level-knowledge of how interdisciplinary understandings can be applied to complex or 'intractable problems' in context
  • LO4. produce a collaborative response using interdisciplinary understandings to a complex real life problem
  • LO5. critically reflect on the challenges and opportunities of working in interdisciplinary ways and confidently apply disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems.

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 has been carefully developed and updated in consultation with students and a wide array of interdisciplinary teaching and learning experts.

See Canvas site for full details of case studies and unit materials.

Site visit guidelines

For case studies involving off campus experiential learning, work health and safety guidelines will be clearly posted on Canvas

Work, health and safety

Some case studies include experiential learning component that takes place off campus. Work, health and safety guidelines will be clearly posted on Canvas.


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