Indonesian in Professional Discourse

Subject 110-306 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week , 6.5 additional hours/week. Total of 9 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 50 points of language-subjects offered by the Indonesian Program, or its equivalent as approved by both the Program Convener and Subject Coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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:


Mr Justin Wejak

Subject Overview: This subject is taught by a team of instructors with a range of expertise. It aims to examine the use of Indonesian in professional discourses in a range of areas including politics, law, commerce, religion, and media. Discussion topics are selectively designed for the purpose, beginning with a sketch of the historical development of Indonesian, and Indonesian dialect varieties, followed by discussions on Indonesian as a language of development, of politics, of law, of commerce, of religion, and of media. Crucial concepts underpinning language use and key terms in the focus discourse areas will be explored to enhance understanding of the use of Indonesian. Practical sessions in translation and interpreting will be included in order to strengthen students’ skills in these areas.
  • to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the use of Indonesian in professional discourse;
  • to enhance practical skills in translating and interpreting.
Assessment: An essay (1500 words – 20%, Week 5), translation (500 words, 20% - done in class in Week 7), interpreting (10 minutes – 20%, Week 9), essay (1500 words – 20%, Week 11) and a class Presentation (10 minutes, 20%, Week 12). All items of assessment must be completed, and students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all classes, in order to receive a pass in this subject.
Prescribed Texts: Materials supplied by the Asia Institute.
Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:
  • acquire knowledge of key concepts and terms in focus discourse areas;
  • acquire an understanding of how language is used in professional discourse;
  • acquire knowledge of a variety of issues in relation to language use;
  • advanced practical skills in translating documents and interpreting.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages - Indonesian
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Indonesian

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