Sign and Symbols in Japanese

Subject JAPN30010 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 102 hours per semester, including class time.


JAPN10008/JAPN20008 Japanese 4.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have successfully completed Japanese 6, Japanese 7, Japanese 8, Japanese Grammar in Action, Reading Japanese Literature, Variation in Japanese Language and Japanese through the Media are not eligible to enrol. See subject notes below.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Sayuki Machida

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide students an overview of the current Japanese writing systems. The systems consist of three different scripts, hiragana , katakana, and kanji. The subject will provide opportunities to see kanji from a logographic viewpoints like signs and symbols. Students will become aware of the structural and functional characteristics of various words. They will also practise reading efficiently and writing accurately and appropriately. Students who complete this subject will gain knowledge of Japanese orthography and develop skills for appropriate and effective reading and writing.

  • have acquired the basic knowledge of current Japanese writing system.
  • have learnt the structural and functional characteristics of words written in different types of the script.
  • have improved the efficiency in recognising words and the accuracy and appropriateness in using Japanese script.
  • have developed linguistic and metalinguistic awareness.
  • develop skills for appropriate and effective reading and writing.
  • develop "language sensitivity" linguistic and metalinguistic awareness.

Class participation 10%, written work totalling 1600 words 40% (due throughout the semester) and a final examination 50% (due during the examination period).

Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Institute.

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:
  • written communication through essay writing and seminar discussion.
  • attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.
  • time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
  • public speaking through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.

This subject is for students completing a major in Japanese and it is recommended that it be taken concurrently with Japanese 5.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Japanese)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Japanese
Japanese Major

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