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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
Semester 1, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
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 Yoko Yonezawa,
Lecturer(s) Yoko Yonezawa ,
Matthew Wayne Shores,
Matthew Stavros,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
Formal, written exam on Lessons 1-7
35% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3
Online task Listening test
Listening test on Lessons 1-7 in Week 12 or 13
10% Multiple weeks Equivalent to 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6
Presentation Communication presentation
Group role play in Week 12 or 13
15% Multiple weeks Equivalent to 600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7 LO5
Assignment Online quizzes
Online quizzes to help you prepare, participate fully in class, and revise.
5% Multiple weeks Equivalent to 200wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO2
Participation Class participation
Be well prepared and ready to join all class activities.
10% Ongoing Not applicable
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7
Online task Mid-semester test
Online test on Lessons 1-4
20% Week 08 Equivalent to 1000wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO2
Assignment group assignment Communication task
Draft script for Communication presentation
5% Week 09 Equivalent to 200wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?

Appropriate adjustments will be made to any assessment task that a student cannot complete due to travel bans or quarantine requirements.

  • Class participation
    Make sure to prepare every week: read the material assigned, complete workbook and online activities (including the self-tests), and learn new vocabulary and kanji. Be ready to participate actively on Zoom. It is the coordinator’s preference that all students turn ON their cameras.
  • Online quizzes
    Complete all online quizzes, as well as online self-tests, by the time assigned. These are often before classes, in order to help you revise new learning and prepare for classes in the days ahead.
  • Communication task
    After our first class meeting, you will need to sign up to work with a partner(s). You will work as a team to develop a role-play in preparation for your Communication presentation (i.e., speaking test).
    You will be given a choice of topics and will select your topic as a team and will work together to write a draft script for a role-play on that topic.
  • Communication presentation (Speaking test)
    Your team will perform your role-play for the class (or tutor, TBD) via Zoom.
    After your team has performed your role-play, your teacher will ask one or two simple questions in Japanese to each of you, based on your presentation.
  • Listening exam
    You will listen to recorded conversations that you have not heard or seen before, of a similar level of difficulty to the conversation and listening texts in Lessons 5-7 in our textbook. They will be on familiar themes from Lessons 1 to 7, and will contain familiar grammar and vocabulary. All questions are multiple choice.
  • Final exam
    Prepare by revising material learnt in Lessons 1–7 of our textbook in addition, of course, to assumed knowledge on the basis of pre-requisites for this unit.
    You will be asked questions on:
    - a modfied version of one 'seen' reading passage (testing grammar);
    - one 'unseen' reading passage (testing grammar and comprehension);
    - writing and grammar, for example: writing/re-writing using correct grammar points; fill-in-the-blank style questions within an unseen passage; kanji questions.

Detailed information for each assessment, along with grading criteria, can be found on Canvas.

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The Assessment Procedures 2011 provide that any written work submitted after the due date will be penalised by 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. If the assessment is submitted more than ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded. Note that in the Intensive July iteration of this course, in some cases it may not be possible to accept late assignments. Please make sure to keep an open line of commutation with your tutor/coordinator.

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
Weekly Grammar Lesson x1; Reading Lesson x 1; Communication Lesson x 1 Tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

  • Zoom classes in this unit may be recorded and made available to students but students should not reply on the recorded lectures/tutorials as a substitue for attending classes.
  • 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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