• Class Number 5669
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic ANU Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
    • Nusha Faizi
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course extends on the skillset developed in Intermediate Persian A, itself a foundation on Introductory Persian A and B. It involves a more detailed presentation of functions of the language, oral and aural practice, and reading of texts and the writing of compositions that incorporate features of the language already presented through some important cultural issues. On completion of this subject students will have acquired upper-intermediate proficiency in Persian conversational forms, a versatile proficiency in understanding written structures and an ability to formulate such structures, an understanding of some of the commonly used grammatical structures of Persian and the ability to apply them in speech and writing, the ability to interpret messages of an average complexity occurring in audio-visual media and in individual and group spoken forms, and familiarity with some of the dominant cultural ideas and forms of Persian culture and history.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate sufficient reading comprehension to understand factual material in nontechnical prose as well as most discussion on concrete and abstract topics using relevant knowledge of linguistic and cultural context, including with unfamiliar material;
  2. speak with understandable pronunciation and initiate and maintain predictable face-to-face conversations to satisfy both regular and uncommon social demands with fundamentally correct grammar, accurate and suitable use of verbs and tenses, and suitable vocabulary, including both in formal, standard, and colloquial Persian;
  3. write correspondence and compositions on academic topics as well as about daily situations, current events and describe surroundings and causation with good control of morphology, punctuation and grammatical conventions at an upper-intermediate level; and
  4. comprehend and engage in medium-length conversations and trade questions about personal, social, cultural, and historical issues with flexibility in understanding a range of circumstances beyond basic survival needs in all tenses.

Required Resources

No course materials required, all learning content will be supplied either through the course websiteand online lessons or through the course Wattle page.

www.farsidic.com       on-line dictionary 

http://sites.la.utexas.edu/persian_online_resources/ on-line Grammar

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQQu_Q8b0sQ on-line Conversation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEM3LGssuAk on-line Conversation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioB_SnyTw2k&t=161s on-line Colloquial Persian

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 The History of Iran before the Advent of Islam
2 Iran's History from the Mongol Invasion to the Contemporary Period
3 The Culture and Civilisation of Iran 2 Quiz 1 (August 13)
4 The Spread of Islam in Iran Written Assessment 1 ( August 20 )
5 Iranian Polymaths in Islamic Civilisation
6 Persian language 1 Oral Presentation 1 ( September 6 )
7 Persian Language 2 Quiz 2 ( September 24 )
8 Pre-Islam Persian Literature
9 Persian literature from Islam to Mongol Invasion
10 Persian literature from the Mongols to the Modern Period Written Assignment 2 ( October 12 )
11 Contemporary Persian Literature Oral Presentation 2 ( October 24 )
12 Art and Architecture in Ancient Iran

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Assessment Task 1: Participation/ Conversation 10% 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment Task 2: Online Quizzes via Wattle (2) - 20% (10% each) 20 % 1, 3, 4
Assessment Task 3: Written Compositions (500 words) submitted via Wattle (2) - 25% (12.5% each) 25 % 1, 3
Assessment Task 4: 6-10 minute Online Oral Tutorial Presentations via Adobe Connect (2) - 25% (12.5% each) 25 % 2, 3, 4
Assessment Task 5: 3-hour Final Test via Wattle - 20% 20 % 1, 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Attendance at lectures is compulsory. Participation in class is assessable throughout the semester.  All Learning Outcomes


Final Exam to be conducted via Wattle (like quizzes) at the end of semester/in exam period.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 1: Participation/ Conversation 10%

Students must study the content provided on the course website for each lesson each week. At a comfortable pace this is expected to require 2-3 hours of study. This study should be completed, where possible, by the time of the Weekly Online Tutorial. The topic of each week conversation is provided by the lecturer and students will be assessed based on their preparation, participation in the discussion and asking and answering questions.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: Online Quizzes via Wattle (2) - 20% (10% each)

The quizzes will assess student learning progress and provide ongoing practice and consolidation of learning. They consist of a series of 10-20 questions (in multiple choice, short answer, or other format). The assessable content will be of what students have studied/learned in the relevant weeks’ lessons via the course website. These quizzes are open-book and students can refer to the course website or othermaterials.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Assessment Task 3: Written Compositions (500 words) submitted via Wattle (2) - 25% (12.5% each)

These written compositions will be entirely in Persian. Students are expected to utilise vocabulary and constructions learned in class to assess student learning progress. These assignments will be announced and administered via Wattle and must be submitted through the submission field in Wattle for the relevant lesson/week. There is some flexibility in the topic students write on, though in Intermediate Persian B, one will focus on formal writing while another will focus on learning in the colloquial/spoken Persian language.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 4: 6-10 minute Online Oral Tutorial Presentations via Adobe Connect (2) - 25% (12.5% each)

These presentations will be conducted in the Weekly Online Tutorials via Adobe Connect or by prior recording (by agreement between lecturer and students). The first will comprise a spoken presentation in standard Persian but in a conversational style, the second will also be in a conversation style but be in colloquial (as opposed to formal) Persian. Students will receive guidance and ongoing support in preparing presentations on topics of interest. One will be an individual presentation on a topic decided on by the student based on course learning while another will focus on spoken/colloquial Persian and may becompleted either individually, in pairs, or in a group.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Assessment Task 5: 3-hour Final Test via Wattle - 20%

This will be conducted in the same way as the fortnightly quizzes on Wattle but will be comprehensive and longer – it will cover all the content learned in Intermediate Persian B. It will take place either at the end ofsemester or during the ANU Exam Period.


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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 take-home examinations.

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.

Returning Assignments

Online students will receive written feedback on their quiz and test results and written feedback on submitted assignments and presentations through the ‘Gradebook’ feature on the Wattle course page.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Online students will receive written feedback on their quiz and test results and written feedback onsubmitted assignments and presentations through the ‘Gradebook’ feature on the Wattle coursepage. Students will be provided with the general feedback (verbally) after each written assignmentand exam.

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).

Dr Zahra Taheri

Research Interests

Persian language, Literature, History, Culture, Sufism, Gender Studies

Dr Zahra Taheri

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Nusha Faizi

Research Interests

Nusha Faizi

Wednesday 15:00 16:00

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