JAPN 3221 - Advanced Japanese A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Japanese B. If you have not completed Intermediate Japanese B, you are advised to contact the course coordinator before enrolling online. This course aims to further enhance the language skills and competence acquired in Intermediate Japanese. By offering instruction and practice in translating authentic materials and essay writing in Japanese, emphasis is placed on developing students' ability to conduct small-scale research by critically analysing Japanese source materials and to present their opinions and findings in the forms of both oral presentation and research essay in Japanese. A strong focus is placed on developing translation skills using a selection of authentic on-line Japanese language source materials, containing a substantial number of vocabulary and kanji. At the same time, this course also aims to develop students' advanced communication skills so that they will be able to discuss and express their own opinions on a wider variety of topics and issues in Japanese, using an appropriate linguistic register for different functions and situations. Students will become familiar with a range of essay writing conventions, such as writing styles/forms and referencing methods in Japanese.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code JAPN 3221
    Course Advanced Japanese A
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites JAPN 3212
    Incompatible JAPN 3003
    Course Description This course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Japanese B. If you have not completed Intermediate Japanese B, you are advised to contact the course coordinator before enrolling online.

    This course aims to further enhance the language skills and competence acquired in Intermediate Japanese. By offering instruction and practice in translating authentic materials and essay writing in Japanese, emphasis is placed on developing students' ability to conduct small-scale research by critically analysing Japanese source materials and to present their opinions and findings in the forms of both oral presentation and research essay in Japanese. A strong focus is placed on developing translation skills using a selection of authentic on-line Japanese language source materials, containing a substantial number of vocabulary and kanji. At the same time, this course also aims to develop students' advanced communication skills so that they will be able to discuss and express their own opinions on a wider variety of topics and issues in Japanese, using an appropriate linguistic register for different functions and situations. Students will become familiar with a range of essay writing conventions, such as writing styles/forms and referencing methods in Japanese.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Akiko Tomita

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will:
    1 Acquire knowledge of Japanese society, culture, customs and communication style
    2 Demonstrate the ability to research and present information using appropriate technologies and resources 
    3 Demonstrate the ability to clearly state their opinions and analytical thinking skills in Japanese language
    4 Develop linguistic and paralinguistic skills . 
    5 Communicate and interact competently in Japanese at the professional level in a manner which is appropriate culturally, functionally, and structurally
    6 Develop skills in intercultural and transcultural communication
    7 Become self-sufficient, self-directed learners
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Minna no Nihongo Chukyu I (3A Corporation, Tokyo): Main textbook and Translation & Grammar Notes (Available at UniBooks)

    Minna no Nihongo Chukyu I (3A Corporation, Tokyo): Main textbook and Translation & Grammar Notes (Available at UniBooks)

    Additional materials for the course will be provided in class.

    Please note that lectures will not be recorded.
    Recommended Resources
    A Dictionary of Basic/Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Grammar (3 separate dictionaries) Makino, S & Tsutsui, M. (2009) The Japan Times

    Japanese newspapers, Accessible from Press Display. The University of Adelaide Library https://login.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/login?qurl=http%3a%2f%2flibrary.pressdisplay.com

    Kikuzo II Asahi Newspaper Database. Available at the University Library http://database.asahi.com.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/library2e/

    The Japan Times Online (with free archive access) http://www.japantimes.co.jp/
    Online Learning
    The course will utilise several online learning resources via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    All classes will involve interactive teaching and learning.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading and research per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours writing per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Available on enrolment.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    Class notebook Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    Weekly Kanji, vocabulary and grammar tests Formative and Summative 15% 1-7
    Written test Formative and Summative 25% 1-7
    Orl test Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    Research presentation Formative and Summative 15% 1-7
    2000 word research essay Formative and Summative 15% 1-7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Participation (10%): students will attend and participate in tutorials.

    Class notebook (10%): students will answer weekly questions and detail the progress of their research report.

    Weekly Kanji, vocabulary and grammar tests (15%): these tests will be conducted in-class during the course.

    Written test (25%): will assess students' understanding of the materials introduced in the course. It will include reading comprehension on questions of previously unseen text(s). No dictionaries will be allowed.

    Oral test (10%): will assess students’ ability to communicate verbally based on vocabulary and grammar points learned in the course.

    Research presentation (15%): students are required to do a PowerPoint presentation based on their research on a chosen topic.

    2000 word research essay (15%): students submit an essay on their chosen research topic.
    Submission
    Information available on enrolment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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