Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Designed for those with little or no previous knowledge of Japanese, the course provides basic knowledge of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, writing system and culture.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Translate basic sentences from English to Japanese and Japanese to English

2. Demonstrate skills in aural-oral communication

3. Recognise kana and about 100 kanji

4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of Japanese culture


Students will study

  1. Writing system
  2. Pronunciation
  3. Vocabulary and grammar
  4. Japanese culture

Assumed knowledge


This course is designed for students with no knowledge of the Japanese language. Students who are already competent or native speakers of this language are encouraged to undertake 2000 or 3000 level courses for a more engaged learning experience.

Assessment items

Quiz: 12 x Weekly Online quizzes (60%)

Written Assignment: 4 x Homework books (20%)

Online Learning Activity: Speaking task (20%)

Contact hours



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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