Japanese 5

Subject JAPN10003 (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: A 1 hour lecture, a 1.5 hour seminar and a 1.5 hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


Japanese 4. Otherwise, all students enrolling in Japanese at The University of Melbourne for the first time are required to use the online placement test: https://edtech.le.unimelb.edu.au/login/lptjapanese/ .This applies to all students, including total beginners and those who have experience with the language, whether through formal study, such as VCE or equivalent, or informally through family or overseas travel. The results of the test are binding and enrolment can only be changed in consultation with the relevant course coordinator.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have successfully completed Japanese 3A are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Jun Ohashi


Email: juno@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject is for students who already possess basic Japanese language skills and knowledge of Japan, and have completed Japanese 4 and can recognise around 400 Kanji characters, or those who have equivalent experience in Japanese. This subject provides a basic preparation for students to engage in academic research using Japanese. It aims to further develop students’ Japanese communication skills by examining the language of various registers and discourse. Students will also develop awareness of differences between and within spoken and written Japanese used in different situations. Students will have an exposure to various Japanese written texts of different genres such episodes, stories, essays, etc. to understand differences in their rhetorical structures (e.g., narrative, descriptive, and expository). Students will also have the opportunity to practice variations of spoken Japanese (colloquial, polite, formal) depending on the relationship between the participants of the conversations. Through class activities, such as discussions and a small research project, students will build further vocabulary and expressions, including around 150 additional kanji characters. In addition, students will develop interpersonal skills to present themselves appropriately in intercultural situations.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

have practiced essential skills required for research (e.g. how to clarify goals, search for appropriate approaches/ methods, draw conclusions from findings;
have further developed students’ Japanese communication skills by examining the language of various registers and discourse;
have developed awareness of differences between and within spoken and written Japanese used in different situations;
have understood differences in Japanese rhetorical structures;
have oral communication skills in interpersonal and public settings;
have developed intercultural and interpersonal skills essential to present themselves appropriately;
have learnt how to work in group effectively through project work;
have practiced reflective learning and monitoring their learning, continuing learning;
should be able to reflect and monitor their learning to achieve their intended goals.

  • Written work in Japanese, 600 words due throughout semester (15%)
  • Oral assessment, 800 words due mid-semester and end of semester (20%)
  • A 600 word cultural discovery project with essay due towards the end of semester (15%)
  • A 2 hour written examination due during examination period (50%)

Hurdle requirement: 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.

Note: 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:

Oka, Mayumi et al. (2009) Tobira: Gateway to advanced Japanese learning through content and multimedia. Tokyo: Kuroshio Publishers. ISBN: 978-4-87424-447-0

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

New students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Japanese Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Placement Test information here.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Japanese

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