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JPNS3622: Japanese 8

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

The learning activities of this unit of study are designed to facilitate students to transfer from intermediate to advanced Japanese. Classes are divided into three components: reading, grammar, and communication. Reading will focus on various types of contemporary authentic non-fiction texts including newspaper articles, whereas grammar classes pick up on grammatical structures appearing in the readings. In communication students will practice expressing their opinions on various Japanese social issues through group discussions. The topics will be based on the readings as well as other resources. By the end of this unit of study, students will be able to read approximately 1350 kanji.

Unit details and rules

Unit code JPNS3622
Academic unit Japanese Studies
Credit points 6
JPNS3621 or JPNS2301
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Mats Karlsson,
Lecturer(s) Mats Karlsson,
Tutor(s) Ikuko Sorensen,
Kimiyo Matsui,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8
Tutorial quiz Kanji quizzes
Five in-class kanji quizzes
15% Multiple weeks 150 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO6
Creative assessment / demonstration Speaking test
Individual test assessed by teacher
15% Multiple weeks 750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO7 LO8
Participation Participation
Continuous in-class assessment of engagement with learning activities
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
In-semester test (Record+) Type B in-semester exam In-semester test
Grammar and reading test, eqiv 1000wds
20% Week 08
Due date: 21 Sep 2022 at 17:00
50 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
Type B in-semester exam = Type B in-semester exam ?

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.


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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
Weekly Grammar Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Reading Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8
Communication Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7 LO8

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

Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced [New Edition], Osamu Kamada et. al., The Japan Times.

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 an advanced Japanese active and passive language competence in key learning areas
  • LO2. Discuss and express opinions on various Japanese sociopolitical and cultural topics and justify them with reasons and examples
  • LO3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the functions of various levels of spoken language and an ability to understand and use these levels
  • LO4. Demonstrate an understanding of the functions and textual structures in authentic texts of increased complexity
  • LO5. Extract information from unseen texts effectively with the help of dictionaries
  • LO6. Display an increased capacity to read characters (approximately 1350 kanji)
  • LO7. Demonstrate an intercultural competence to interact in various Japanese contexts, including a professional one
  • LO8. Demonstrate a high level of ability to critically analyse different Japanese sociopolitical and cultural 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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Changes have been made in accordance with student feedback from surveys, including a modified online discussion board, with peer monitoring, devoted to language issues.


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