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ITLN3631: Italian 9

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit of study furthers competence in all aspects of the language, with a particular focus on the discourse level and on advanced reading and writing skills. It deals with different aspects of Italian contemporary society through a variety of text types and levels of formality.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Italian Studies
Credit points 6
ITLN3611 or ITLN3301 or ITLN3201
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Francesco Borghesi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Written assignments x 2
15% - 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Participation Seminar participation
10% Ongoing Ongoing.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Presentation Oral presentation
10% Ongoing 1,000 words / 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Small test Language test
35% Week 12 1,500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Small test Grammar test
15% Week 13 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Small test Aural/oral tests
15% Week 13 1,000 words / 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1

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.



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 Introduzione al corso Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 02 Roma antica (unità 10) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 03 Roma antica (unità 10) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 04 Cinema (unità 13) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 05 Cinema (unità 13) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 06 Storia: cosa nostra (unità 14) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 07 Storia: cosa nostra (unità 14) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 08 Non solo parolacce (unità 15) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 09 Non solo parolacce (unità 15) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 10 Vita d'ufficio (unità 16) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 11 Vita d'ufficio (unità 16) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 12 Ripasso Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 13 Conclusione Seminar (3 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

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas.

  • Required textbook: Alessandro De Giuli, Carlo Guastalla, Ciro Massimo Naddeo, Nuovo Magari! Corso di lingua e cultura italiana di livello intermedio e avanzato [C1-C2], Firenze: Alma Edizioni (2013 edition).
  • Required grammar book: Denise De Rôme, Soluzioni! A Practical Guide to Italian Grammar, London: Hodder Education, 2010 (2nd edition).

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 advanced reading and writing skills
  • LO2. demonstrate a focus on discourse level
  • LO3. understand different aspects of Italian society.

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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