Russian 1

Subject RUSS10001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours- 1 x 1-hour lecture, 2 x 1-hour seminars, and 1 x 1-hour practical per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Robert Lagerberg



Subject Overview:

The overall goal of this subject is to help students with no knowledge of Russian develop cultural and linguistic knowledge that allows them to feel comfortable thinking of themselves as users of Russian, in listening, reading, writing and speaking. It introduces students to cultural notions of time and space as they play themselves out in such topics and notions as talking about one’s self and others (family and friends), living and working spaces, and referring to activities and events (in present-tense story-telling/dialogue). Comparisons to current Russian life and society build the foundation for cultural literacy and familiarity with the Russian-speaking world.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and synthesize information from simple texts about the self, other people and places from a variety of audio-visual media;
  • be able to use a basic vocabulary from a range of basic, day-to-day communicative situations about the self, family, occupations and pastimes;
  • have started using basic grammatical and syntactic structures of Russian;
  • be able to understand and use basic idiomatic and conversational forms appropriately in a limited number of informal and formal settings;
  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
  • have become familiar with Russian cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate regional diversity;
  • have developed a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange;
  • be able to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity;
  • have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.
  • Fortnightly language assignments equivalent to 2000 words (50%) (due weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12);
  • Oral (10%) and written (40%) exam equivalent to 2000 words due during the exam period (50%).

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Troika, M. Nummikoski, Wiley, Second Edition (print or digital edition)

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have acquired basic skills necessary for future research (library, internet, cross-references etc.);
  • have gained sophisticated analytical tools for understanding the system of language;
  • have acquired foundations in intercultural communication practices;
  • have acquired written communication skills through writing and seminar discussion;
  • be able to show attention to detail through preparation and writing;
  • have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for regular (weekly) assignment completion;
  • have acquired public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Russian
Related Breadth Track(s): Russian - Entry Point 1

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