• Class Number 4677
  • Term Code 3250
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Kinda AlSamara
    • Dr Kinda AlSamara
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/06/2022
  • Class End Date 15/07/2022
  • Census Date 01/07/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 19/06/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course is for students who have satisfactorily completed ARAB3005 Introductory Course to Arabic Literature. It aims to further enhance students' proficiency of Arabic language through their focus on a special area of interest in modern standard Arabic and their understanding of an application of grammatical and stylistic rules. Students will read and analyse selected texts from one genre in modern standard Arabic such as short stories, novels, plays and poems. This course will develop students' proficiency in written structures of sophisticated complexity and their capacity to understand and evaluate specialist and technical language use as well as Arabic grammar.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate proficiency in written structures of sophisticated complexity;
  2. demonstrate their capacity to understand and evaluate technical language use as well as Arabic grammar;
  3. read and analyse selected texts from one genre in modern standard Arabic such as short stories, novels, plays and poems;
  4. demonstrate proficiency in more complex written syntactic and discourse structures and extend their capacity to use such structures appropriately to undertake a small-scale research; and
  5. demonstrate their ability to present their findings in a scholarly manner in Arabic.

Required Resources

Scanner, camera, laptop with microphone.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.


Arabic-Arabic dictionary

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Ibn Batuta and the longest journey in history New vocabulary and exercises
2 Ibn Batuta and the longest journey in history - cont'd New vocabulary and exercises
3 ibn Batuta and the longest journey in history - cont'd New vocabulary and exercises
4 Ibn Batuta and the longest journey in history - cont'd Grammar: Past & Present tense Task 1 due by 25th June
5 Ibn Batuta and the longest journey in history - cont'd Grammar: Doubled or geminate verbs
6 Damascus is the oldest inhabited cities in the world Grammar: Interrogative particle kam?
7 Town of Gaza in History Listening Exercises
8 Yemen Exercises and reading Task 2 due 2nd July Writing Task 1 due 2nd July
9 Holidays and festivals New vocabulary and exercises Oral presentation due Tuesday 5th July
10 Holidays and festivals New vocabulary and exercises
11 Ramadan celebrations in Damascus Reading and exercises
12 Ramadan celebrations in Damascus Grammar: Active and passive participle Task 3 due 9th July Writing Task 2 due 9th July
13 Study period Final exam due 16th July

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Tasks 1 to 3 30 % 1,2,3,4,5,
Two Writing Tasks 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
Reading in class 5 % 1,5,7,8,
Tutorial Participation 10 % 3,5,7,8,10
Oral presentation 15 % 1-10
Final Exam 30 % 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,

Tasks 1 to 3

Three tasks (10% each) due on 25th June, 2nd July and 9th July. Covering materials seen in class and including reading comprehension, listening, grammar and vocabulary.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Two Writing Tasks

Two writing tasks (5% each, 150-200 words each). Topics to be selected from the tutorial discussion. Due dates: 2nd and 9th July.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,5,7,8,

Reading in class

Reading in class (5%) based on lessons and conducted every Tuesday.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,5,7,8,10

Tutorial Participation

Critically analyse and discuss the oral topic for each day during class (continuous assessment) - value 10%

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-10

Oral presentation

Oral presentation during class time on 5th July. Duration 15 minutes. Weighting 15%. Topics to be discussed with convenor in Week 1.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Exam

The final exam will be for 3 hours and will cover all materials and is due on 17th July. Weighting: 30%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

All assessment will be returned one week after due date.

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.

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 Kinda AlSamara

Research Interests

Gender studies, 19th century Arab world.

Dr Kinda AlSamara

Monday By Appointment
Monday 19:00 20:00
Dr Kinda AlSamara

Research Interests

Dr Kinda AlSamara

Monday By Appointment
Monday 19:00 20:00

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