Graduate Italian A

Subject ITAL90003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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: 24, 36 or 48 hours (2, 3 or 4 hours of seminars for 12 weeks depending on level and placement test)
Total Time Commitment:

140 hours


Students will be required to take an online placement test prior to enrolling.



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 Andrea Rizzi



Subject Overview:

The aim of this subject is to develop Italian language abilities, both oral and written, for graduate students. Students will have the opportunity to learn idiomatic and formal features of the language, and apply their abilities to the analysis of a range of complex issues within the Italian-speaking world. Students will be placed in an appropriate stream of language study, or a customised course, according to their background and proficiency needs within the subject.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this subject, depending on entry level, students should have:

  • developed an advanced use of idiomatic and conversational forms of Italian and the capacity to use them freely;
  • developed a level of proficiency in written structures of sophisticated complexity and the capacity to use them freely and confidently;
  • cultivated the ability to interpret messages of different registers and degrees of formality, including those occurring in a variety of audiovisual media and individual and group spoken forms;
  • the ability to discuss and critically analyse social, political, cultural and historical issues in the Italian-speaking world; and
  • developed a set of flexible and transferable linguistic skills for different types of professional contexts.

One 1,000-word reflective journal (20%) ongoing - due end semester

One of the following assessment combinations (totalling 80%) to be determined after placement test and in consultation with the coordinator, due throughout semester:

  • one oral presentation (10 minutes, equivalent to 1,000 words) during semester [20%]
  • one research project (3,000 words) due at the end of semester [60%]


  • Three take home exercises, equivalent 400 words each, due in weeks 3, 5, 9 [25%]
  • 45-minute mid-semester test, equivalent to 800 words in week 7 [15%]
  • Listening comprehension test, equivalent to 400 words in week 11 [5%]
  • 90-minute exam, equivalent to 1600 words, during the examination period [35%]


  • 1-hour written test, equivalent to 1000 words due in week 7 [20%]
  • 1.5-hour written exam, equivalent to 1400 words during the examination period [30%]
  • Participation in class throughout semester [5%]
  • three take-home assignments, equivalent to 400 words each due in weeks 4, 9, 11 [25%]


  • three language online tests (200 words each) in weeks 5, 8 and 11 [15%]
  • contemporary Italy mini-project (400 words) in week 10 [10%]
  • a small film project (equivalent to 800 words) in week 9 [15%]
  • contemporary Italy history project (equivalent to 1200 words) in week 11 [20%]
  • a 1-hour final exam (equivalent to 1000 words) during the examination period [20%]

Hurdle Requirement - Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • developed effective oral communication skills in a Language Other Than English (LOTE) through class participation and presentations;
  • developed public speaking skills and confidence in oral expression in a LOTE;
  • developed the ability to process information in a LOTE and to communicate it;
  • developed the capacity to think theoretically and analytically about language forms, structures and use; and
  • developed effective time management and planning skills.
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Modern Languages - 100 Point Program

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