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JPNS3621: Japanese 7

This unit of study involves a range of learning activities for further development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Classes are divided into two components: communication and reading. In communication classes exercises will include discussion, short essays, role-plays, short reading passages and translation exercises. Reading will be focused on various types of contemporary authentic non-fiction texts including newspaper articles. By the end of this unit of study, students will be able to read approximately 1100 kanji.


Academic unit Japanese Studies
Unit code JPNS3621
Unit name Japanese 7
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

JPNS1123 or JPNS2223 or JPNS2622 or HSC continuers 90 and above or HSC extension 70 and above�or JPNS3612
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Mats Karlsson,
Lecturer(s) Tamaki Mihic ,
Mats Karlsson,
Tutor(s) Kimiyo Matsui ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO1
Tutorial quiz Kanji quizzes
Five in-class kanji quizzes
15% Multiple weeks 150 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Presentation Speaking test
Individual conversation with teacher on a set topic
15% Multiple weeks 750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Participation Participation
Engagement with learning tasks
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
In-semester test (Record+) Type B in-semester exam Mid-semester test
Grammar and reading test, equivalent of 1000wds
20% Week 07
Due date: 22 Apr 2021 at 17:00
50 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
Type B in-semester exam = Type B in-semester exam ?

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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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

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: Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced [New Edition], Osamu Kamada et. al., The Japan Times.
  • ​Required textbook: ​Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced [New Edition] Workbook, Osamu Kamada et. al., The 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. demonstrate Japanese-language skills in all aspects
  • LO2. display an increased range of expressions in daily conversations
  • LO3. display an increased capacity to read characters (approximately 1100 kanji).

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
The Reading tutorials are being re-designed, including usage of PP-presentations. The amount of grammatical items covered in Grammar tutorials has been reduced.


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