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JPNS1010 – I Japanese Studies 1

2022 – Session 1, In person-scheduled-weekday, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Coordinator, Lecturer
Wes Robertson
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B350 25WW
10:00-12:00, Thursdays
Lecturer
Kayo Nakazawa
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Lecturer
Tom Baudinette
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description

This unit provides introductory Japanese language instruction for students with no previous knowledge of Japanese. Students develop basic speaking, listening, reading & writing skills, including mastery of the hiragana & katakana scripts. By the end of the course, students should be able to describe their surroundings, ask questions, make plans, and effectively participate in a variety of fundamental conversations. Furthermore, the course will also assist students in developing an awareness of sociocultural issues which influence Japanese language use. The class provides opportunities for interactive language learning, and a wide variety of methods for Japanese practice through the use of online resources.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Develop elementary level skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Japanese language.
  • ULO2: Identify, describe and evaluate a few aspects of Japanese-speaking cultures and societies.
  • ULO3: Identify, evaluate and deploy the grammatical structures of Japanese at elementary level.
  • ULO4: Apply relevant language conventions to create meaningful intercultural encounters.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate an awareness of some language and language use in both Japanese and English.

General Assessment Information

Indicative examples of assessment tasks will be available on iLearn.

Late Assessment Penalty

Please note that the University and the Faculty of Arts have launched a new assessment policy effective as of 1 July 2021. This new policy particularly affects LATE SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS. The Faculty policy in relation to late assessment submissions is as follows:

Unless a Special Consideration request (https://students.mq.edu.au/study/assessment-exams/special-consideration) has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests, etc.

To be very clear:

  • Unless you have applied for special consideration and had your application approved, for each day your assignment is late, 10 marks will be deducted. For example, if you submit your assignment 7 days late, 70 marks will be deducted, which means you will fail that assignment.  
  • If your assignment is more than 7 days late (including weekends), you will get 0 for your assignment. These are serious penalties that will substantially alter your final grade and even determine whether you pass or fail this unit.

Please make every effort to submit your assignment by the due date. If you find you cannot submit your assignment on time, please apply for Special Consideration through AskMQ. Make sure you read Macquarie University's policy regarding Special Consideration requests before you apply: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/assessment-exams/special-consideration

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Weekly Participation 5% No Continuous
Weekly Workbook 10% No 23:59 on Sundays, Weeks 1-11
Online Quizzes 15% No 23:59 on Sundays, Weeks 1-6, 8-11
Mid-Semester Speaking Test 10% No Between 6/4-10/4, by appointment
Mid-semester Test 20% No 11:59 pm on 17/4
Final Test 30% No 23:59 on 29/5
Final Spoken Performance 10% No 23:59 on 5/6

Weekly Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Continuous
Weighting: 5%

 

Weekly activities to check and confirm active engagement with course material.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop elementary level skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Japanese language.
  • Identify, evaluate and deploy the grammatical structures of Japanese at elementary level.
  • Apply relevant language conventions to create meaningful intercultural encounters.

Weekly Workbook

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: 23:59 on Sundays, Weeks 1-11
Weighting: 10%

 

Students will complete the workbook for each week, check their answers against a model, and then submit the corrected file via iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop elementary level skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Japanese language.
  • Identify, evaluate and deploy the grammatical structures of Japanese at elementary level.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some language and language use in both Japanese and English.

Online Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 23:59 on Sundays, Weeks 1-6, 8-11
Weighting: 15%

 

Students complete weekly online quizzes via iLearn, which test them on the content of the week.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop elementary level skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Japanese language.
  • Identify, describe and evaluate a few aspects of Japanese-speaking cultures and societies.
  • Apply relevant language conventions to create meaningful intercultural encounters.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some language and language use in both Japanese and English.

Mid-Semester Speaking Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: Between 6/4-10/4, by appointment
Weighting: 10%

 

Students will be required to participate in a Japanese conversation over a short time period, and answer any questions that arise during the conversation. This will occur as part of regularly scheduled class time for internal students, and online at scheduled times for other cohorts.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop elementary level skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Japanese language.
  • Identify, evaluate and deploy the grammatical structures of Japanese at elementary level.
  • Apply relevant language conventions to create meaningful intercultural encounters.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some language and language use in both Japanese and English.

Mid-semester Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: 11:59 pm on 17/4
Weighting: 20%

 

The mid-semester written test will comprehensively test students on their reading, writing, and listening skills. The test is open book, and available online for all students during a set time period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop elementary level skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Japanese language.
  • Identify, describe and evaluate a few aspects of Japanese-speaking cultures and societies.
  • Identify, evaluate and deploy the grammatical structures of Japanese at elementary level.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some language and language use in both Japanese and English.

Final Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: 23:59 on 29/5
Weighting: 30%

 

The final test is conducted online, and will comprehensively evaluate students’ Japanese reading, writing, and listening skills, covering the entire content of the course. The test is open book, and available online for all students during a set time period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop elementary level skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Japanese language.
  • Identify, describe and evaluate a few aspects of Japanese-speaking cultures and societies.
  • Identify, evaluate and deploy the grammatical structures of Japanese at elementary level.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some language and language use in both Japanese and English.

Final Spoken Performance

Assessment Type 1: Media presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 23:59 on 5/6
Weighting: 10%

 

This task requires students to create, perform, and record a short Japanese dialogue. All students will upload their videos via iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify, describe and evaluate a few aspects of Japanese-speaking cultures and societies.
  • Identify, evaluate and deploy the grammatical structures of Japanese at elementary level.
  • Apply relevant language conventions to create meaningful intercultural encounters.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some language and language use in both Japanese and English.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

TEXTBOOK

Unit Book is provided free on iLearn. Please download and have a copy ready by Week 1. Printing off a hard copy is recommended, but not required.

Online Unit

Login is via: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/

Is my unit in iLearn?:https://unitguides.mq.edu.au/ilearn_unit_status/to check when your online unit will become available.

Technology

Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

For students attending classes on campus we strongly encourage that you bring along your own laptop computer, ready to work with activities in your online unit. The preferred operating system is Windows 10.

Students are required to access the online unit in iLearn by the end of Week 1 and follow any relevant instructions and links for downloads that may be required. If applicable, students are required to download the relevant language package prior to Week 2.

Please contact your course convenor before the end of Week 1 if you do not have a suitable laptop (or tablet) for in-class use.

Unit Schedule

Week 1: Introduction, Basic Sentences, Counting + Hiragana 1/3

Week 2: This/That, Here/There, and Basic Questions + Hiragana 2/3

Week 3: Negation & verbs + Hiragana 3/3 + Katakana 1/3

Week 4: "い" adjectives + Katakana 2/3

Week 5: "な" adjectives, and に・で Particles + Katakana 3/3

Week 6: Family Terms, Time, and に・と Particles

Week 7: Likes, Dislikes, Existence, and Ownership + Midterm Speaking Test

Break - Online Midterm

Week 8: Advanced Counting, and Past Tense

Week 9: が-fronting, Talents, and Reasons

Week 10: Advanced Particles, Frequency + Kanji 1/2

Week 11: Invitations + Kanji 2/2

Week 12: Review + Final Test

Week 13: Video Skit Preparation & Submission

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Academic Integrity

At Macquarie, we believe academic integrity – honesty, respect, trust, responsibility, fairness and courage – is at the core of learning, teaching and research. We recognise that meeting the expectations required to complete your assessments can be challenging. So, we offer you a range of resources and services to help you reach your potential, including free online writing and maths support, academic skills development and wellbeing consultations.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

The Writing Centre

The Writing Centre provides resources to develop your English language proficiency, academic writing, and communication skills.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.