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GRMN3005: German 5

Semester 1, 2024 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

These practical language classes build on GRMN2004. By the end of the unit you will be able to communicate on a range of more complex issues, both verbally and in writing. Using authentic materials in the classroom will also enable you to improve your cultural competency and deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking world.

Unit details and rules

Unit code GRMN3005
Academic unit Germanic Studies
Credit points 6
HSC German Extension course or the HSC German Continuers course (with a mark above 70) or GRMN2004 or GRMN1222 or GRMN2612
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Kylie Giblett,
Tutor(s) Kylie Giblett,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small test Mid-Semester Test
Pen and paper on campus test
20% Week 07 1000 word equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation Tutorial Presentation
Oral presentation in class in person
20% Week 12 750 word equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO2
Small test Final Test
Pen and paper on campus test
45% Week 13 2000 word equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3
Online task Weekly quizzes
Weekly online revision quizzes
15% Weekly 750 word equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO4

Assessment summary

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

Written. Outstanding, with an extremely high level of grammatical accuracy, evidence of very wide range of lexis and grammatical structures; highly developed sense of register and grasp of relevant linguistic skills; translation technique attaining exceptionally high standards in terms of accuracy, idiom, and cultural transfer.

Oral. Outstanding expression, fluency and accuracy, excellent comprehension, presentation and general communication skills. In written and oral language, errors of a very minor nature may be compensated by demonstrably outstanding performance overall.


75 - 84

Written. Excellent, with a very high level of grammatical accuracy, evidence of wide range of lexis and grammatical structures; well$developed sense of register and grasp of relevant linguistic skills; translation technique attaining very high standards in terms of accuracy, idiom, and cultural transfer.

Oral. Excellent expression, fluency and accuracy , excellent comprehension, presentation and general communication skills. In written and oral language, minor errors may be compensated by demonstrable excellence in other areas. 


65 - 74

Written. Good to very good level of comprehension, fluency, and grammatical accuracy; reasonably wide range of vocabulary; shows sense of register and solid grasp of relevant linguistic skills. Occasional lapses are present, but do not impede comprehensibility or communication. Translation technique good overall, but may demonstrate lapses in one area that are compensated by good performance in other areas.

Oral. Reasonably good to good expression, fluency and accuracy; fairly good comprehension, presentation and communication skills. Though minor errors are made, they do not significantly compromise fluency, expressive capacity, comprehensibility, or communication. 


50 - 64

Written. Basic level of comprehension, fluency, and grammatical accuracy, with frequent errors; limited range of vocabulary and grasp of relevant linguistic skills, but enough to allow comprehensibility and communication. Translation technique basic, with errors and/or misinterpretations in one or more areas.

Oral. Limited expression, fluency and accuracy; basic comprehension, presentation and communication skills. Frequent errors, many of them major, are an obstacle to fluent and clear communication. 


0 - 49

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

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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.

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Support for students

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The University uses email as its primary source of communication with students who need support under the Support for Students Policy 2023. Make sure you check your University email regularly and respond to any communications received from the University.

Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

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Meet with an Academic Adviser

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance at tutorials is expected.
  • Tutorial recording: Language classes are not recorded because they mainly involve individual and small group work rather than frontal instruction.
  • 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

Required text:

  • Ute Koithan et al, Aspekte Neu B2 Lehr und Arbeitsbuch & CD Teil 1 ISBN 978-3-12-605027-2        

Please see Canvas for details of where the textbook may be purchased.

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. express yourself with competence on a range of topics, expressing a point of view and articulating the advantages and disadvantages of various options in a given situation on a B 2.1 level (see Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • LO2. acquire a broader knowledge of the German language as a tool of communication, thereby achieving a higher degree of competence in your progress towards the command of the German language
  • LO3. gain greater skill in the comprehending of progressively more sophisticated and complex German texts
  • LO4. revise, practise and extend your grammatical and vocabulary knowledge
  • LO5. have an awareness of the problems associated with the learning of a foreign language and applied a problem-solving approach to deal with these difficulties
  • LO6. organise and communicate in German your own creative, imaginative and critical thinking.

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

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Assessment alignment has been checked in response to student feedback.


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