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Undergraduate Course: Japanese 1 (ASST08002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionAn integrated introduction to spoken and written Japanese for those with little or no previous knowledge of the language. The course will include kana writing (the Japanese phonetic writing), and an introduction to some kanji (Japanese Characters), approximately 150 to 250. A good deal of private study is necessary to meet the requirements of the course.
The course provides essential grounding for the second year Japanese language course (Japanese 2A, ASST08006) and subsequent study to Japanese Honours Degree level.
This course is also recommended as a continuation of Introductory Japanese 2 (ASST07002).
This course is not available to native or near-native speakers of Japanese. If in doubt, contact the Course Organiser.

All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general academic development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs textbooks (approximate costs: Genki 1 textbook: £45.50; Genki 1 workbook: £20.50; Kanji Look and Learn Textbook: £23.50; Kanji Look and Learn workbook: £15.50 @JP Books before a student discount applied)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  31
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 6 hour(s) per week for 22 week(s). Plus 1-hour compulsory oral tutorial(Tue 14.10-15.00 / 15.10-16.00 / Wed 10.00-10.50),and additional Kanji workshop (1 hour per week, Monday 14.10-15.00), which is compulsory for the students who are intending to proceed to MA Honours Japanese / MA Honours Japanese & Linguistics. Otherwise, Kanji workshop is optional.

The essential textbook and workbook will be needed from the second class (Tuesday in the first week), so it is strongly advised to buy them well in advance at JP-Books ( if this course is compulsary for you (e.g. MA Japanese students).
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 88, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 43, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 258 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Japanese 1 Degree exam3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Japanese 1 Resit Exam3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To provide a structured introduction to Japanese grammar
To enable students to read and write hiragana, katakana and about 150-250 kanji characters, and to use Japanese for simple spoken and written communication.
Assessment Information
Continuous assessment (40%): class tests, compositions, presentations and participation (throughout the year); Degree exam (60%): 3 hour written paper 50%, Oral 10%.
Special Arrangements
Please note that students should be enrolled and take the placement test by the end of week 1.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Essential textbooks:

1. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I [Second Edition]
[ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Author: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki,
ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3, Publisher: The Japan Times, Published: 11/02/2011.

2. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook I [Second Edition] [ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Author: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki,
ISBN 978-4-7890-1441-0, Publisher: The Japan Times, Published: 11/02/2011.

Kanji Workshop textbook:

1. Kanji Look And Learn Textbook:
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kaori Tajima, Kyoko Tokashiki
ISBN: 9784789013499, Publisher: Japan Times Published: May 2009.

2. Kanji Look And Learn Workbook:
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kaori Tajima, Kyoko Tokashiki
ISBN: 9784789013505, Publisher: Japan Times, Published: June 2009.

Useful textbooks for kanji for self study:

Kanji text book: Chieko Kano et al., Basic Kanji Book I (Tokyo: Bonjinsha, 1989)

1. The Japan Foundation Basic Japanese-English Dictionary (Tokyo/Oxford: Bonjinsha & Oxford U.P., 1986)

2. Kenkyusha¿s New Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionaries

3. Haig, John W. ed., The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary, based on the classical edition by Andrew N Nelson (Tokyo: Tuttle 1997)

4. Hadamitzy, Wolfgang and Mark Spahn eds., Japanese Character Dictionary with compound lookup via any kanji (Boston: Cheng and Tsui 1991)

Other recommendations will be provided in the course handbook.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsAS Japanese 1
Course organiserMs Fumiko Narumi-Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6971
Course secretaryMr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227
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