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FRNC3999: Interdisciplinary Impact

Intensive December, 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 Astrida Neimanis,
Lecturer(s) Ella Collins-White,
Tutor(s) Robin Dixon,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Case Study Dossier
Groups will present their case study proposals in a virtual gallery format
30% -
Due date: 18 Dec 2020 at 23:59
1500 words / 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Critical reflection: from Disciplinarity to Interdisciplinarity
A short paper drawing on readings & experiences learning in the unit
30% -
Due date: 22 Dec 2020 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO2 LO1
Assignment Research Guide
Mix of peer evaluation in class and submission of work to Canvas
20% -
Due date: 04 Dec 2020 at 23:59
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3
Participation Critical engagement and participation in learning
Effective unit engagement & development of collaborative skills
20% Weekly Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2
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 DAY 1: Disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
DAY 1: Disciplinary mapping and Introduction to Case Studies Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 02 DAY 2: Situated knowledge and the location of 'expertise' Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 2: Meeting Case Study Group and Choosing a Case Study Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 3: Gathering and Communicating Rich Data Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
DAY 3: Gathering and Managing Data; Research Guide practice Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 4: Interdisciplinarity in practice; Complex Problems and Driving Questions Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 4: Consultations with Case Study Leads (1hr) and Supervised Group Work (1hr) Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 5: Cultural competence and Diversity in Interdisciplinary Collaboration Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 5: Communication and Peer Feedback Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 03 DAY 6: Legitimation code theory Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
DAY 6: Legitimation code theory - applying LCT to case study research; Presenting interdisciplinary work Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
DAY 7: Case Study preparation (self-guided) Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 7: Supervised group work Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 8: Effective and Creative Communication Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 8: Virtual gallery planning; supervised group work Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
DAY 9: Case Study preparation (self-guided) Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 9: Critical Reflection essay workshop; supervised group work Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 DAY 10: Case Study preparation (self-guided) Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
DAY 10: Consultations on Case Study Progress Workshop (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

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.
  • Workshop allocation: Students will be allocated into workshops, according to their timetable availability. In order to ensure an interdisciplinary mix of students within workshops, students must attend the workshop to which they have been assigned.

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 the unit’s 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.

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