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JPNS3611: Japanese 5

This unit aims to develop students' speaking, writing and reading skills for the intermediate level of Japanese, so that they are able to use Japanese in a variety of situations. Students will be expected to achieve the following linguistic skills: switch to appropriate speech style in formal and informal situations; express opinions and thoughts; write about 350 kanji and recognise at least 600 kanji. Writing and reading practice will consolidate grammatical, lexical and cultural knowledge.


Academic unit Japanese Studies
Unit code JPNS3611
Unit name Japanese 5
Session, year
Intensive July, 2020
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

HSC Japanese extension more than 70
JPNS2612 or HSC continuers 70 and above or HSC extension less than 75
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Matthew Shores,
Tutor(s) Masako Kubo ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Class Project
Presentation / Performance Online Submission
15% Multiple weeks 2 x 3-minute videos (600 words)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Online task Quizzes / Voice Recording
Online quizzes and voice recording to help you prepare and revise.
20% Multiple weeks equivalent to 400 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation Speaking Test
Presentation / performance
15% Week 03
Due date: 23 Jul 2020 at 15:00

Closing date: 23 Jul 2020
3 minutes each (500 words)
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO5 LO4
In-semester test Final Exam
Formal, written exam on Lessons 1-7
40% Week 03
Due date: 24 Jul 2020 at 14:50

Closing date: 24 Jul 2020
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
In-semester test Listening Exam
Listening exam on Lessons 1-7
10% Week 03
Due date: 23 Jul 2020 at 13:30

Closing date: 23 Jul 2020
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Work that meets the learning outcomes of the unit to an exceptional standard


75 - 84

Work that meets the learning outcomes of the unit to a very high standard


65 - 74

Work that meets the learning outcomes of the unit to a good standard


50 - 64

Work that meets the learning outcomes of the unit to an acceptable standard


0 - 49

Work that does not meet the learning outcomes of the unit to an acceptable standard.

For more information see

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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 --Week starting on 6 July 2020-- Day 1 (lesson 1), Day 2 (lesson 2), Day 3 (lesson 3), Day 4 (lesson 3, kanji test 1) Lecture and tutorial (16 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 02 --Week starting on 13 July 2020-- Day 5 (lesson 4), Day 6 (lesson 4 & 5), Day 7 (lesson 5), Day 8 (lesson 6, kanji test 2) Lecture and tutorial (16 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 03 --Week starting on 20 July 2020-- Day 9 (lesson 6 & 7), Day 10 (lesson 7), Day 11 (Listening & Speaking Tests, 23 July), Day 12 (Final Exam, 24 July) Lecture and tutorial (16 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

For the Intensive July interation of JPNS1611

  • 4 four-hour Zoom tutorials per week (with breaks)
  • Zoom classes in this unit may be recorded and made available to students who make arrangements with the tutor and/or coordinartor. 
  • Students are expected to attend all scheduled Zoom sessions and participate actively with cameras turned on. 

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

1. Textbook

Miura, A. & McGloin, N.H. 2008. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese [Revised Edition]. Tokyo: Japan Times.

2. Workbook

Miura, A. & McGloin, N.H. 2008. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese [Revised Edition] Workbook. Tokyo: Japan Times.

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. Read about 600 kanji and write about 350 kanji
  • LO2. Use available resources (including dictionaries and grammar guides) well enough to understand basic meaning of non-specialized texts without relying on teacher support
  • LO3. Deepen and extend understanding and use of grammatical forms and expressions to intermediate level
  • LO4. Develop strategies for reading and understanding detailed and subtle meanings in non-specialized texts
  • LO5. Express yourself using contextually and culturally appropriate Japanese and understand others in context with an intermediate degree of proficiency
  • LO6. Be an independent learner who takes responsibility for your own learning
  • LO7. Work respectfully and effectively in teams and other collaborative contexts

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
While many students indicated the value of completing online quizzes before classes each week, a few were unsure about why they were being asked to undertake some assessment tasks on material that we had not yet covered in class. They suggested that we consider having these quizzes after classes instead. However, we schedule some of the quizzes before class to ensure that when you come to class you are not encountering the material for the first time, but that you are already sufficiently familiar with the content to be able to engage in more stimulating, deep learning activities. Each of these quizzes is worth only a tiny proportion of your final mark; its primary purpose is to help you learn. Thanks to some helpful suggestions from the previous cohort, we have made some changes to the organisation of the website this semester, to ensure you know just what you are expected to do, and when. Hope that's helpful! :-)

More information about this unit can be found on Canvas. Make sure to check the learning modules, announcements and other pages to be sure you know exactly what to do each day. 


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