Unit Information Management System

Japanese 8 (JAPN3408, SEM-2, 2017, Crawley)

Faculty of Arts

Social Sciences

Unit Outline

Japanese 8


SEM-2, 2017

Campus: Crawley

Unit Coordinator: Dr Kyoko Kawasaki

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Unit details

Unit title Japanese 8
Unit code JAPN3408 Credit points 6
Availability SEM-2, 2017 (31/07/2017 - 25/11/2017)
Location Crawley Mode Face to face

Contact details

Faculty Faculty of Arts
School Social Sciences
School website http://www.ss.arts.uwa.edu.au/
Unit coordinator Dr Kyoko Kawasaki
Email kyoko.kawasaki@uwa.edu.au
Consultation hours Wednesday 10-11am; Thursday 1-2pm
NameEmailTelephone Number
Kyoko Kawasakikyoko.kawasaki@uwa.edu.au6488 2895
Tutors/ Demonstrators/ Facilitators
Unit contact hours 3 hrs per week
Online handbook http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/unitdetails?code=JAPN3408
Unit website

Unit rules

Prerequisites JAPN3407 Japanese 7 or JAPN3307 Japanese Specialist I
Advisable prior study
Incompatibility JAPN3308 Japanese Specialist II
Approved quota

Unit description

This unit follows on from JAPN3407 Japanese 7. It further enhances students' linguistic skills in Japanese and their cultural literacy, develops their ability to critique contemporary social and cultural issues in Japanese, and equips them with effective expressions and communication techniques via the complex linguistic structures and vocabulary used in contemporary Japanese spoken and written discourses.

Students develop their skills in (1) speaking and listening, by means of a research project presentation, discussion, and development of competence in academic registers in spoken language; and (2) reading and writing, by means of essay writing in academic format, critical reading of Japanese journal articles, and Japanese-to-English translation. Successful completion of this unit brings students to the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level (JLPTL) N2 or the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) Level 4. The unit also facilitates future pathways into higher research on Japan through promoting critical selection and utilisation of Japanese-language source materials.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to (1) read and translate authentic Japanese materials and discuss their ideas on contemporary social and cultural issues in Japan; (2) conduct research by collecting and analysing materials in both Japanese and English; (3) express their research findings and ideas logically in both spoken and written forms of Japanese; (4) develop specialist vocabularies in areas relating to Japanese social and cultural issues; and (5) demonstrate a broad understanding of diverse social and cultural values. Additionally, through learning to express their ideas and performing assigned tasks in the Japanese language, students refine generic skills such as understanding the self and others, understanding of language in general, and critical analysis.

Unit structure

There will be three contact hours per week as listed below.







10 am




3 pm -5pm



Unit Schedule      See the Weekly Schedule for specific class content. 

(See Timetable)

Unit schedule

Teaching and learning responsibilities

Teaching and learning strategies

Active learning!

Regular attendance and active participation are ESSENTIAL for success in this unit. There will be three contact hours per week, and attending all the sessions should be your top priority. 



If you are having difficulties keeping up, it is important that you seek assistance early. If you are struggling for reasons unrelated to the course material, please seek help from appropriate sources – Student Services offers a range of services that may be useful:




You are highly encouraged to spend a minimum of four hours per week for self-study. Your self-study should involve: reading the relevant sections of the textbook before each class to enhance understanding of the lessons; performing assigned homework; regular practice on kanji. Recordings of the main texts will be available for listening practice.

Charter of student rights and responsibilities

The Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities sets out the fundamental rights and responsibilities of students and their organisations at The University of Western Australia.

Student Guild contact details

The UWA Student Guild is the peak representative body for all students enrolled at UWA. The Guild Student Assist team (consisting of qualified social workers and counsellors) can provide independent, confidential advice on anything affecting your study, including financial, academic, and welfare matters. The Guild also offers hundreds of events, student clubs, volunteering and leadership opportunities, and member discounts. More information and contact details can be found at www.uwastudentguild.com.

Uses of student feedback


ACE, ISE and CARS are compulsory online modules which all new UWA students must complete. In order to pass a unit you must achieve a mark of 80% or greater in the quiz in each of the three modules. Multiple attempts at the quizzes are allowed. Completion of the units will be recorded as Ungraded Pass (UP) or Ungraded Fail (UF) on your academic record. Students can only access this unit via the Learning Management System (LMS).


Academic Conduct Essentials

Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) is a wholly online self-paced unit which introduces students to the basic issues of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct that the University has of its students. The objective of the unit is to ensure that students understand their responsibilities in relation to ethical scholarship and academic conduct at the University.

The unit is called Academic Conduct Essentials, or ACE for short, and is available through the Learning Management System (LMS) using your Pheme account. Those students required to complete ACE are automatically enrolled in the unit.

Information about ACE is available in the UWA Handbook.

Communication and Research Skills (CARS1000)

All commencing undergraduate students are required to complete CARS1000 within the first 10 weeks of their first semester. CARS1000 is an online, self-paced unit that provides an introduction to the skills needed to find and use information effectively and efficiently, to communicate effectively and to work in teams. Topics covered include how to locate and use library resources, the search process and search strategies, how and why to reference work, evaluating online sources, writing, presenting and working in teams.

To read more about CARS see the UWA Current Students website

Indigenous Studies Essentials (INDG1000)

This unit is a Welcome to Country that introduces students to the shared learning space at The University of Western Australia. This learning space includes both Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. The unit looks at the local, national and global contexts of Indigenous peoples. Students consider where The University is located and share in the Noongar story of the place. They explore Aboriginal people in a national context and Indigenous people globally. Students are introduced to a range of protocols relevant to their professional and disciplinary contexts.

To read more about ISE see the UWA Current Students website.

Information for students with disabilities

The University has a range of support services, equipment and facilities for students with a disability. UniAccess staff are equipped to recommend the best options to enable your participation.

If you would like to receive advice on these services please email uniaccess@uwa.edu.au or visit UniAccess.


Assessment overview

Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written assignments; (2) oral assessments; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.

Late Submission

To apply for assignment extensions a student should submit a Special Consideration application to their Allocated Advising Student Office. Late submissions without special consideration will incur a penalty of 5 percentage points per day (including weekends & university holidays)Assignments submitted more than 7 days after the due date will not be accepted unless a student has been granted an extension by their Allocated Advising Student Office.

Tests and other in-class assessment work must be done on the designated day, otherwise will result in a zero mark unless the Unit coordinator is advised prior to the assessment or a student has been granted special consideration by their Allocated Advising Student Office.

Assessment marks communicated to students via the Grade Centre or otherwise are unadjusted, and adjustments may be made prior to the release of final unit grades.

Assessment mechanism

#ComponentWeightDue DateRelates To Outcomes
1On-line Journal 5%Weekly1 and 4
2Research Essay 15%9am, 9 Oct, W101,2,3,4 and 5
3Presentation Notes5%W 9-12; 1 week prior to the presentation1,2,3,4 and 5
4Presentation10%Week 9-123,4, an 5
5Group Discussion 10%31 Oct , W131 and 4
6Theme Summary Test15%19 Sep, W81,2,3,4 and 5
7Written Examination 30%2 Nov, w131,2,3,4 and 5

Assessment items

Item TitleDescriptionSubmission Procedure for Assignments
Online Journal
You are required to write at least 10 sentences every week about the topic or the class activity of the week (your reflection) and create another 10 sentences using words from the week’s vocabulary list. For the vocabulary sentences, you can copy from dictionaries or other sources. When you do that, make sure you understand the sentence fully and include the source. You can write it all in one entry or divide it into a few entries. The minimum requirement is 20 sentences (10 sentences for reflection and 10 sentences for new vocabulary) each week. If you want to use this space for a general writing exercise, feel free to write on the topic you are interested in. As long as you meet the above requirements, there is no upper limit in the word count.LMS
Research Project Essay You will be expected to demonstrate your competence in conducting research, conveying your findings and adding your own interpretation of the issue in an appropriate essay format, with full and correct citing of all your sources of information. Beware of plagiarism!! Do not copy lines from online or other sources. Do not ask someone such as a native speaker of Japanese to check your script before submission. It must be your own work.

Due: 9am 9 Oct via Blackboard
Topic: Choose a research topic in areas relating to Japanese society. Your topic need not be limited to one covered in the classroom. You may choose a topic related to your major. Do not use the essay you submitted previously. Research what you want to know about Japan.
Length: 2000 - 2500 ji (excluding footnotes and references)
Format: Japanese word-processed, at least 12-point font for main text and double-spaced
Writing Style: Use the ‘da/de aru’ style of writing
Referencing: For materials in English, use one of the accepted formats for academic writing consistently.
Online submission via LMS, by 9am Monday 9 Oct
You are required to find a text of 500-1000ji and present it to the class. The template of your notes and the format of your presentation will be available in the Assessment folder on LMS. Firstly, you will speak briefly about the text – why you chose it and the summary of the content – in Japanese. Then you will present useful kanji, words, expressions etc. to the class and explain them in English.

Find something you find interesting. It can be any media e.g. a newspaper article, a manga excerpt, an academic journal article, an advertisement, a recipe, a letter etc. It does not have to be a written text, but if it is not written (e.g. anime, TV drama, TV commercial), you have to transcribe it. You can get help for the transcription from a native speaker, but your lecturer will not help you.

The presentation and notes are assessed separately, each carrying the weight of 10%. There is no word limit for the notes and the presentation should last around 20 minutes in total, the Japanese part lasting around 3 minutes. You are to submit the presentation notes one week prior to the presentation so that your lecturer can check the accuracy and prepare practices and activities for the class using the material.

The assessment criteria for the notes and presentation will be available on LMS.
In class
Group Discussion and Small groups of students will hold a discussion on the topics covered in the unit according to the questions given on the spot. You will be expected to demonstrate your competency in oral communication and listening skills.

Duration: 15 minutes per session. Each session will have four students.
Theme summary test on Themes 1 & 2
You are expected to read given texts in Japanese and demonstrate critical understanding of their linguistic and cultural meanings via written answers to set questions. The tests include reading comprehension, translation, a short composition and questions on grammar, based on the first two themes discussed in class.
Final Written Examination With the help of a dictionary, you will be expected to demonstrate your skills in:
• Writing appropriate Japanese sentences using a dictionary;
• kanji recognition;
• Translating Japanese sentences into English,
• Analysing data in order to comment thoughtfully on particular Japanese social issues;
• Comprehending a Japanese text and showing your understanding of it in English and Japanese;
• Essay-writing with grammatical accuracy and considerable content depth, as well as expressing your own viewpoint

This is the very last examination of the course. It will examine your skills of handling Japanese texts comprehensively. The same texts from the unit reader will not be used, but you can use a dictionary or online resources. You are NOT ALLOWED to take a photo and send it outside the examination venue, or post a question online.

Academic literacy and academic misconduct

Be aware that the work you submit must be your own. To pass off work as your own, if you have copied it from someone else (be it a published writer, another person, a TV program, a library anthology, a lecture, a website or whatever) is to deprive yourself of the real benefits of this unit and to be guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism, the unacknowledged quotation of material from other people's work, is a serious offence and a ground for failure. If you take words from other sources (critical articles, background works, etc.) you must quote carefully and accurately, and acknowledge the text you are quoting into inverted commas. Even if you paraphrase, you must still acknowledge the source you are paraphrasing from.


Please refer to the University's policy document for further information.

Advice on how to do proper referencing can be found here.

Appeals against academic assessment

In accordance with the University Policy on Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students, a student may request a review of an academic decision relating to them, and to appeal if they are dissatisfied with the outcome of that review.

The University upholds the principle that students should have the opportunity to review and/or raise appeals against academic decisions without fear of disadvantage and in the knowledge that confidentiality will be respected.

Textbooks and resources

Recommended texts

This unit uses the Course Materials prepared by the Unit Coordinator

Suggested alternate texts

Additional texts

Technical requirements

Software requirements

Additional resources and reading

See LMS for extra resources.

Other important information

Late Penalty - University Policy on Assessment

Per the University Policy on Assessment, a penalty of 5 per cent of the total mark allocated for the assessment item is deducted per day for the first 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) after which the assigned work is not accepted. Each 24-hour block is recorded from the time the assignment is due. Assessments submitted later than 7 days after the deadline receive a mark of zero, unless an application for mitigation is approved.

For more information please consult the University Policy on Assessment: www.governance.uwa.edu.au/procedures/policies/university-policy-on-assessment