Course Outline

JPN301 In-country Japanese Studies B

Course Coordinator:Levi Durbidge ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course provides a semester of intensive in-country study at a partner Japanese university. It allows students of Japanese to continue their formal instruction and provides first-hand experience in the speech communities and the cultures of Japan. The delivery of study, class contact time and beginning week of study are determined by the  agreement with the host institution. Course benefits include the development of greater fluency in the language, a deeper understanding of Japanese society and culture, and improved intercultural competence and communication skills.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Independent Study/Research – The delivery of study, class contact time and the beginning week of study are determined by the conditions of the agreement with the host institution. 150hrs Not applicable Once Only

Course Topics

Determined by course selections at host institution.

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

48 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Critically analyse, interpret, reflect upon and use spoken and written language, in Japanese and English, to communicate and act in interculturally competent ways in a variety of contexts. Creative and critical thinker
2 Apply language learning and communication strategies to communicate and act in interculturally competent ways in a variety of contexts. Empowered
3 Use the Japanese language to interact with other Japanese speakers from diverse social backgrounds in a culturally appropriate manner. Engaged
4 Use critical awareness of the positioning of their own cultural identity and background to | value diversity and demonstrate courtesy and respect for others; employ culturally appropriate ethical, professional and personal practices; and act ethically in in carrying out social and moral responsibilities within and across cultures. Ethical
5 Draw upon a knowledge base of the Japanese language and culture to express themselves, both verbally and in writing, in modern Japanese in a variety of everyday settings. Knowledgeable

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


JPN210 and 2 UniSC Japanese language courses.


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is assumed that participants will have the ability to read and write in hiragana, katakana and widely-recognised. You should be able to hold simple conversations in Japanese, write messages and be able to make requests and suggestions. You should have an understanding of the main verb conjugations (plain, past, ます、て、ない)and a basic ability to adapt your speech to informal and formal situations.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

We will keep in touch with you and your host institution throughout your time in Japan. We also request the host institution to inform us of any issues that arise.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Activity Participation Individual
Duration of course
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) To Supervisor
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Individual
10min presentation + 2000 characters
Refer to Format In Class
All 3 Code of Conduct Individual
Duration of course
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) To Supervisor
All - Assessment Task 1:Activity participation
The goal is to work towards achieving the learning outcomes of this course by participating in the course of study recommended to you by your host institution.
Product: Activity Participation
You will attend and complete your chosen related course or courses as arranged with your host institution to a pass level. These courses should include the designated Japanese language courses as well as other course(s) delivered in English at the host university.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
As specified by your host institution.
1 2 3
This is an ungraded task where a pass in the host university course will translate to a pass for this assignment.
All - Assessment Task 2:Oral and written piece
Since this is your second semester in Japan, this task is designed for you to find a focal point for your interest in/about Japan, research it and present it in both oral and written formats. The task requires you to reflect upon your own first-hand experiences in Japan, connecting these experiences to academic research about your topic of choice. You will then use your Japanese communication skills to present the information in an engaging manner to other advanced students of Japanese, and finally submit a formal written report on your topic, thus developing your oral and written communication skills in Japanese.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Submit: Upon return from Japan. 

Upon return from Japan, you will organize a 10-minute presentation on your topic and present it to a third-year Japanese class. After the presentation, you will reorganise your presentation into written report format of around 2000 characters.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Communicative competence – your ability to use appropriate grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, repair strategies and other discourse features relevant to an oral presentation.
1 2 3 4 5
Coherent presentation – in explaining your topic.
Scholarship – used to support your ideas in your presentation.
1 2 3
Reflexivity – your ability to connect your own personal experience with scholarship.
Engagement – promoted in the presentation through use of paralinguistics, non-verbal communication and support material and delivery.
1 2 3 4 5
Coherent report– in explaining your topic.
All - Assessment Task 3:Code of Conduct
This task requires you to use critical awareness of your own cultural identity and background to interact with others during your in-country experience in ways which: value diversity and demonstrate courtesy and respect for others; employ culturally appropriate ethical, professional and personal practices; addresses the social and moral responsibilities required by UniSC, the Japanese institution and the wider Japanese society.
Product: Code of Conduct
To be eligible to pass, you are required to demonstrate behaviours which fulfil the criteria below.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Adherence to the discipline code of conduct (available on Canvas).
1 2 3 4 5
Completion of the required minimum 10 hours per week of learning.
1 2 3 4 5

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Preparation for overseas travel is the student?s responsibility although assistance will be offered by the course coordinator if required. It is highly recommended that all students register with the Australian government?s Smart Traveller website for health and security advice -

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of UniSC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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