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LAC3003 Language and Culture Special Project A

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Language & Culture Spec Proj A
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091503 - Northern European Languages
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 11 July 2020


Examiner: Gabriela Pohl


Pre-requisite: LAC3001 or for GERMAN language competency levels of B1 or above

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
Important: LAC3003 consists of two streams Chinese OR German. Students in this course must elect to study ONE of the languages.


Two-thirds of the world’s population are at least bilingual. Speaking the language of clients, competitors, co-workers and managers will place graduates in a much stronger negotiating position than relying on their native language or English alone. Successful multilingual graduates and those with cross-cultural experiences and skills have enhanced employment opportunities, career mobility and an important competitive edge. Speaking more than one language is increasingly important for aspiring leaders and professionals, who see themselves as contributors on an international stage.


The Language and Culture Special Project is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore a topic of relevance to German/Swiss/Austrian or Chinese culture, history, society, business, engineering, performing or creative arts and to present their findings both in a written essay/report in the target language (approx. 1700 words) and in a formal spoken presentation. The project will be built upon the language skills and cultural knowledge already acquired to this level and will normally involve the application of such skills and knowledge to a specific area of study or activity.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply intermediate level language competencies. For German: equivalent to level B1 or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For Chinese: equivalent to elementary/ intermediate level required for HSK (Chinese Standard Test);
  2. Apply language-specific phonology, morphology, syntax, and grammatical structures to express elaborate or specific meaning;
  3. In a spoken presentation, communicate the core themes of the project work using refined pronunciation skills;
  4. Synthesise relevant cultural, social, historical, political, and/or economic contexts to analyse critically the chosen topic.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Language component of this course 70.00
2. Culture component of this course 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Airlie, M & Littlejohn, J 2014, Collins German Dictionary, 8th edn, Harper Collins, Glasgow/New York.
Durrell, M 2000, Using German synonyms.
(FOR GERMAN Cambridge University Press, New York, ebrary Inc.)
Gamer, RE 2012, Understanding contemporary China, 4th edn, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder.
Gold, T, Guthrie, D & Wank, DL 2002, Social connections in China institutions, culture, and the changing nature of Guanxi.
(Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK; New York, ebrary Inc. [Available online via the USQ Library homepage] [FOR CHINESE].)
Sage Publications, Modern China.
([Available online via the USQ Library homepage] FOR CHINESE.)
Tubilewicz, C & NetLibrary Inc 2006, Critical issues in contemporary China,
(Routledge; [In Association with] Open University of Hong Kong Press. An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click for information. FOR CHINESE.)
Center for Modern China 1997, The journal of contemporary China = Dang dai Zhongguo.
([Available online via the USQ Library homepage] FOR CHINESE.).

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 13.00
Independent Study 317.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ORAL PRESENTATION 100 30 21 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 11 July 2020