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Japanese 1 (JPN101)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces basic communication skills in Japanese. Great emphasis is placed on oral communication while working interactively in classroom sessions. The unit deals with many topics related to students' everyday life. The situations practised are those which students are likely to encounter when meeting Japanese people anywhere. Students will be able to hold simple conversations with Japanese-speaking people, covering a range of topics such as themselves, family and friends, university life and study, and daily activities.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have achieved:
1. Mastery of the Japanese pronunciation system in speaking and listening
2 An elementary command of Japanese grammar and vocabulary in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
3. Elementary-level skills in reading and writing Japanese texts that use a combination of hiragana, katakana and a small number of kanji, on the themes studied in the unit.
4. A basic understanding of Japanese cultural practices in university student life.
Timetabled Learning Activities Language classes: 4 hours per week.
Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 x 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Face-to-face lectures and tutorials, supported by LMS materials for further practice of grammatical structures, the writing system, and for insight into Japanese cultural practices.
Assessment 2 Mid-Semester Tests (10% and 15%, respectively); Composition 10%; Aural Examination 10%; Oral Examination 15%; Written Examination 30%; Classroom performance, including homework 10%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed JPN171 Japanese IA cannot enrol for credit in this unit.
Notes Advanced students including those who have WACE qualification in Japanese as Second Language or equivalent should consult with the Academic Chair of Asian Studies to determine level of entry.
This is a University-Wide Breadth Unit. If this unit is taken as a Core or Specified Elective unit in a student's major or minor, it cannot also be used to satisfy the University-Wide Breadth Unit requirement. If taken as a University-Wide Breadth Unit, this unit will contribute to satisfying that Part II requirement of the Bachelor degree, however its credit points will be counted as Part I points; students should note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.
Previously 2013: JPN171
2013: 'Japanese IA'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Japanese (BA)
Japanese (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Japanese
Appears in these Minors Japanese
Teaching Japanese in Primary Schools
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 Leonie Stickland
Lecturer in Japanese

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2302
e: L.Stickland@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.063 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Leonie Stickland
Lecturer in Japanese

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2302
e: L.Stickland@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.063 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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