Course Outline

JPN310 Advanced Japanese 1: Language for Japanese Media

Course Coordinator:Maki Ramsey ( 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 is suitable for students continuing from intermediate level Japanese or coming to the University with an equivalent background in Japanese. This course will allow you to further develop your language abilities, focusing on learning through, understanding and discussing a variety of media in Japanese. You will have opportunities to use, analyse and interpret Japanese language materials that interest you, including anime, manga, social media, movies, news articles and television. Crucially, this will develop your ability to communicate interculturally, contributing towards creating a more peaceful and inclusive world (SDG16).

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 1hr Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

  • Japanese pop culture (アニメ、マンガなど)
  • Japanese speech styles
  • Technology
  • ぎたいご・ぎおんご (onomatopia)
  • 外来語 (borrowed words)
  • 役割語 (character / role language)
  • Japanese religion and mythology
  • Japanese traditional performing arts (敬能)

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?

12 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 Draw upon a developing knowledge of Japanese communicative practices to understand, analyze and discuss Japanese language media Knowledgeable
2 Apply a working knowledge of their own communicative practices to interpret and convey the meaning of Japanese language media to an audience. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Demonstrate independent ability to learn modes of communication appropriate to their own needs and aspirations. Creative and critical thinker

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”.


JPN211 or JPN300 or JPN301


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is assumed the student can act as an independent user of Japanese. This means being able to speak on a number of topics related to themselves and their interests and deal with most situations that arise in regular, daily life.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback will be delivered through the Mastery Tasks.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral and Written Piece Individual and Group 40%
Various. See the course site for details.
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Group 25%
10 minute presentation
Refer to Format In Class
All 3 Oral and Written Piece Individual and Group 35%
Approx. 20 mins. See the course site for details.
Week 13 In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Mastery Tasks
These tasks are designed to apply the language skills you are developing, demonstrate your abilities and receive ongoing feedback on your performance. Using a variety of media, language registers and your own creativity, you will complete a series of tasks either individually or in groups throughout the semester.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Due online in weeks 3,6,9 & 12.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to comprehend complex instructions and produce appropriate responses
1 2
Effectively and appropriately use Japanese across a variety of modalities and contexts
1 2
Appropriately apply knowledge of social cultural norms to output.
All - Assessment Task 2:Analysing Japanese Media
Select a piece of Japanese language media you wish to analyse, e.g., manga, anime, drama, social media interaction, movie, song, etc. Produce a presentation on the piece of media, analysing the language and other mediums (images, music, etc.) to explain how they work together to convey meaning to the audience.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Presentation: To be negotiated

You will select a topic and notify the course coordinator before preparing a draft presentation for feedback. The presentation date will then be negotiated with your instructor.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates in-depth analysis of the topic and a growing understanding of social features of language
1 3
Effectively communicate meanings of the selected text to an audience while drawing on a growing linguistic repertoire
Apply studied concepts effectively to understand and communicate the linguistic choices made within the selected text.
1 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Interactional assessment
Participate in an extended interaction in Japanese to complete a task selected by the instructor. You will need to work with other group members, employing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to complete the task. Examples include producing a poster for an event, reviewing a piece of media or describing a scene from a movie.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
The output format will be determined by the task selected by your instructor. Groups may be required to record their interactions to demonstrate their adherence to the criteria.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Effectively and communicate ideas and concepts in appropriate language.
Produce output that demonstrates ability to apply linguistic and cultural knowledge connected to Japanese learning.
Demonstrate ability to use a variety of communicative strategies to work effectively in a collaborative environment using Japanese language.
1 2

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

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required 岡まゆみ,筒井通雄,近藤純子 2009 上級へのとびら ―コンテンツとマルチメディアで学ぶ日本語:TOBIRA Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia n/a Kurosio Publishers

Specific requirements

Not applicable

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

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

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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