ATS2141 - Japanese introductory 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Robyn Spence-Brown


Dr Robyn Spence-Brown (Clayton)
Dr Jason Jones (Caulfield)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Students enrolled in Arts courses are prohibited from taking this unit. In addition, students taking this unit are excluded from taking ATS1141.


This unit aims to develop knowledge, strategies and skills to interact in Japanese in situations likely to be encountered in Australia and Japan and to establish a firm foundation of linguistic, sociolinguistic and sociocultural knowledge, which can be creatively applied in a variety of situations.


Upon completing Japanese Introductory 1, students will be able to:

  1. Understand simple greetings, self-introduction, and simple dialogues, based on routines practiced in class.
  2. Read simple and familiar texts written in hiragana, katakana and basic kanji.
  3. Participate in interactions, using basic vocabulary and grammar practiced in class.
  4. Write/type simple sentences using hiragana, katakana and approximately 60 kanji,
  5. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of some aspects of Japanese society and culture.
  6. Apply basic research skills to find relevant information about given topics, organise, synthesise it and communicate it.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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