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Japanese 8 (JPN303)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit is the final part of a sequence in the third year course in Japanese at Murdoch, which aims to provide students with linguistic training at the intermediate to upper-intermediate level, and enhance student knowledge about Japanese society, people, culture and history through the use of various learning materials and opportunities. While solidifying their grammatical and lexical foundation built up in previous studies, students will further expand their Japan-literacy in both language skills and socio-cultural knowledge.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have achieved:
1. Further development of oral competency in a range of speech styles in Japanese, as well as socio-cultural understanding related to the speech styles
2. Ability to read and comprehend Japanese texts at the intermediate level, containing technical terms for topics such as education, commerce and history
3. Ability to converse in Japanese about topics covered in the textbook or classroom
4. Ability to write short essays in Japanese to express their own opinions on the basis of class activities of reading and discussions
5. Ability to present a short research paper in a formal seminar setting
6. Further development in knowledge of Japanese grammar and idiomatic expressions, covering around 50 new items.
7. Further development in kanji knowledge, adding about 100 new characters to those previously studied.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshop: 3 x 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit consists of five essential components: first, each student's thorough preparation for class activities using the textbook and online sources; and second, active participation and mutual cooperation in class, focusing on face-to-face communication training in Japanese.

The third component comprises students' regular out-of-class studies for grammatical and lexical solidification and development; the fourth, their independent learning and exercises intended for further fluency in Japanese and/or for wider knowledge about Japan; and the fifth, their demonstration of knowledge and skills acquired through the above activities in assigned assessment tasks.
Assessment Competency in a foreign language results from regular learning and frequent assessment. Useful command of Japanese in modern society requires good competency in all the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. For those reasons, the assessment of this unit is comprised of the following items:
2 Chapter Tests (2 x 15% worth),
3 Kanji & Vocab Tests (3 x 3%),
Oral Presentation (15%),
Oral Interview (15%),
Written Examination (20%) and
Class Performance (11%).
Prerequisites JPN302 Japanese 7 or equivalent level of competency as assessed by the Unit Coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Japanese (BA)
Japanese (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Japanese
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Takeshi Moriyama
Senior Lecturer Japanese

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6255
e: T.Moriyama@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.066 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Takeshi Moriyama
Senior Lecturer Japanese

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6255
e: T.Moriyama@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.066 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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