• Class Number 4532
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
    • AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course aims to develop near-native competence in reading contemporary Japanese texts independently and without a heavy reliance upon translations or a supervisor's assistance. The course will focus on extensive reading in contemporary Japanese texts on social, historical, ethnological, anthropological, and biological themes, amongst others, and discussion of issues raised. The course will enhance the students' ability to read, write, speak and listen in Japanese in a broad range of topics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Present nuanced academic analysis of intellectual debates confronting contemporary Japan confidently and fluently in writing and verbally.
  2. Read, understand and evaluate the influence of key historical concepts and issues on contemporary society and culture, at an independent level.
  3. Engage in debate, both individually and in groups, with a sophisticated understanding of appropriate modes of intellectual discourse in Japan.
  4. Demonstrate sophisticated academic writing skills based on independent research in Japanese.

Required Resources

Japanese Character Dictionary

Author: Hadamitzky, W. & Spahn, M.

Publisher: Nichigai Associates

Edition: 1989





Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten

Author: Kindaichi, K.

Publisher: Sanseidoo






[any edition]

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 This class overview is only indicative. The schedule may change depending on the progress of the course. Week 1: Course overview, introductions and work style reform Online class: Tuesday, 25/Feb/2020 Pre-online quiz practice (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday 15/Feb)
2 Week 2: Constitutional reform I Online class: Tuesday, 3/March/2020 Post-online class task practice (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 2/March) Pre-online class quiz 1 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 3/March/2020)
3 Week 3: Constitutional reform II Online class: Tuesday, 10/March/2020 Post-online class task 1 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 9/March/2020) Pre-online class quiz 2 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 10/March/2020)
4 Week 4: Constitutional reform III Online class: Tuesday, 17/March/2020 Post-online class task 2 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 16/March/2020) Pre-online class quiz 3 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 17/March/2020)
5 Week 5: Immigration policy and issues I Online class: Tuesday, 24/March/2020 Post-online class task 3 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 23/March/2020) Pre-online class quiz 4 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 24/March/2020)
6 Week 6: Interview I Post-online class task 4 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 30/March/2020) Interview I
7 Week 7: Immigration policy and issues II Online class: Tuesday, 21/April/2020 Pre-online class quiz 5 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 21/April/2020)
8 Week 8: Energy and environmental issues I Online class: Tuesday, 28/April/2020 Post-online class task 5 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 27/April/2020) Pre-online class quiz 6 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 28/April/2020)
9 Week 9: Energy and environmental issues II Online class: Tuesday, 5/May/2020 Post-online class task 6 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 4/May/2020) Pre-online class quiz 7 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 5/May/2020)
10 Week 10: Whaling I Online class: Tuesday, 12/May/2020 Post-online class task 7 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 11/May/2020) Pre-online class quiz 8 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 12/May/2020)
11 Week 11: Whaling II Online class: Tuesday, 17/May/2020 Post-online class task 8 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 16/May/2020) Pre-online class quiz 9 (Due: 5:00pm, Tuesday, 17/May/2020)
12 Week 12: Interview II Post-online class task 9 (Due: 11:55pm, Monday, 23/May/2020) Interview II Essay (Due: 11:55pm, Friday, 27/May)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Pre-onlie class quizzes 5 % * 1,2
Post-online class tasks 45 % * 1, 2, 3, 4
Interviews 30 % * 1, 2, 3
Essay 20 % 27/05/2020 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Pre-onlie class quizzes

Students are required to complete a pre-online class quiz before attending each online-class where new content is to be discussed. Each quiz usually consists of five multiple-choice questions, and is required to be completed within 5 minutes. The eight best quiz scores out of a total of nine quizzes will be counted towards the final mark. Due to technical reasons, late submission won't be accepted and no make-up quiz will be arranged. Answers to the questions will be automatically given after the closure of submissions.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 45 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Post-online class tasks

Students are required to complete a post-online class task, after attending each online-class, which usually consists of two parts. For this task, student are required to write up some passages within a specified word limit. Students may be required to work on the tasks within a given time-limit. For the first task (33.33%), students usually need to write up a ca. 200-300 character passage, and for the second task (66.66%), ca. 700-800 character passage. Post-online class tasks will measure the degree of understanding and engagement with the text in question.

Unless specified otherwise, the task will be assessed in terms of 1) the accuracy, quality and depth of the content (40%), 2) the language accuracy (30%) and 3) the language depth and complexity (30%). Please refer to Wattle for a more detailed marking criteria. Written feedback will be given for each task. If the task has a specific time-limit, late submission won't be accepted and no make-up task will be arranged once it has been commenced. We will endeavour to return tasks, with feedback, within two weeks of the due date.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Two online interviews (Weeks 6 and 12) will individually be carried out. It will take about 20 minutes to complete an interview. An interview timetable will be open for signing up two weeks before the interview. More detailed instructions for the interviews and the marking criteria will be given on Wattle, but the interviews will be marked based on, for example, 1) the accuracy, quality and depth of the interview content (25%); 2) the language accuracy (25%) ; 3) the language fluency (25%) and 4) the language depth and complexity (25%). We will endeavour to mark interviews, with feedback, within two weeks.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 27/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Each student will write on a topic and reading of their choice, to be decided in consultation with the instructor (ca. 4000 characters). More detailed instructions for the essay and the marking criteria will be given on Wattle, but the mark will be given based on, for example, 1) the quality/depth of the content (25%); 2) the logical argument and the cohesiveness (25%); 3) the language accuracy (25%) and 4) the language depth and complexity (25%) . The due date of the essay is 11:55pm on Friday, 27 May.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. Unless otherwise specified, late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for some assessment; see the course outline above.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
02 6125 4656

Research Interests

Forensic voice/text comparison, computational linguistics, natural language processing, speech science and Japanese language education

AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

Research Interests

AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

Tuesday 11:00 12:00

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