JALC11003 - Japan and its Culture

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit enables students to develop concepts and practices relating to the way in which social norms are classified and communicated in Japanese society. Students will examine both historical and contemporary phases of Japanese society, Japanese people and their behaviour so that they can develop an appreciation of Japanese culture. The unit develops knowledge of a range of weekly topics such as history, family system, the indigenous people, education, religions, career life, entertainment, the legal system and politics in Japan. Through engagement in a variety of learning experiences, students develop the skills required to analyse these topics and concepts within the context of their own society. The unit is taught in English and no prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese language is required.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 50%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
The only feedback item I received for Unit improvement was to provide more guidance to students in the marking criteria so they better understand the differences between the different grades.
A marking criteria matrix that explains more fully the justification for the different grades from HD to Fail will be provided.
Action Taken
This recommendation was actioned.
Source: Have Your Say.
I received no feedback from students in terms of making any changes.
I will continue to monitor the unit closely, paying attention to detail and offering a worthwhile learning experience.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and confidently in a range of selected high frequency contexts such as family and school
  2. Comprehend and analyse a range of texts in selected high frequency contexts
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relatedness of language and culture
  4. Demonstrate use of selected metacognitive skills and ability to function as an independent learner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)