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LAC2001 Language, Culture and Custom

Semester 1, 2014 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Gabriela Pohl
Moderator: Yan Zhao


Pre-requisite: LAC1002

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


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.


Studying German or Chinese as part of an Arts, Business, Engineering, Science, Education, or IT degree, to a credible level of language competence, can provide graduates with an important competitive edge when entering and advancing their careers in increasingly global employment markets. This course begins to use language skills as a gateway to a more extensive study of the cultures and customs of Germany and China in both their more traditional and their contemporary aspects. It explores the practice of culture and custom in both their national and international contexts, surveying the ways in which German and Chinese communities view themselves and express their identities in the context of living at home or abroad. The course also explores the ways in which students may encounter the varied cultures and customs of Germany and China as travellers or temporary residents. LAC2001 builds on the skills and concepts acquired in LAC1001 and LAC1002 and is the recommended entry level for students who have successfully completed Year 12 German or Chinese (Mandarin) less than two years ago. Emphasis in class activities (3 hrs per week) is on the application of language and cultural concepts introduced in course materials and prepared by students in independent study and practice prior to attending class. Important: Students in this course must elect to enrol in either the German or Mandarin Chinese stream by signing up for the correct lecture for their chosen language. New students with some previous knowledge of either German or Chinese are asked to contact the lecturer in the relevant language for a a placement test to determine their most suitable starting point in this major.


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

  1. Language: a. demonstrate developing speaking and listening skills in German/Chinese b. demonstrate developing reading and writing skills in German/Chinese c. show well-developed pronunciation skills in German/Chinese d. apply more complex rules of morphology, syntax and grammatical structures to express more elaborate or more specific meaning e. for German: demonstrate knowledge and application of up to 2250 words and phrases necessary for communicative competence equivalent to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. for Chinese: demonstrate knowledge and application of up to 1000 characters and phrases for communicative competence equivalent to Basic level required for HSK
  2. Culture: 1. knowledge of cultural traditions and associated (religious) beliefs, national holidays, and related social customs 2. knowledge of some significant national art forms and examples thereof


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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • ([FOR GERMAN]: NOTE: Materials required for this course LAC2001 will also be used in the subsequent course LAC2002 in Semester 2. [FOR GERMAN].)
  • AufderstraBe, H et al 2006, Lagune-Arbeitsbuch 2 deutsch als fremdsprache niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
    ([FOR GERMAN].)
  • AufderstraBe, H et al, Lagune 2, 3 Audio-CDs, deutsch als fremdsprache niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
    ([FOR GERMAN].)
  • AufderstraBe, H et al, Lagune 2, glossar XXL german-english glossary, deutsch als fremdsprache niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
    ([FOR GERMAN].)
  • AufderstraBe, H et al, Lagune-Kursbuch 2 deutsch als fremdsprache niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
    ([FOR GERMAN].)
  • Collins 2006, German dictionary plus grammar, 4th edn, Collins, Glasgow.
    (OR another bilingual dictionary from a reputable publisher, e.g. Langenscheidt, Oxford, Pons or Collins, which incorporates the German spelling reform. [FOR GERMAN].)
  • Liu Xun 2010, New Practical Chinese reader, Textbook 2, 2nd edn, Beijing Language and Culture University Press.
    ([FOR CHINESE].)
  • Liu Xun 2010, New Practical Chinese Reader, Workbook 2, 2nd edn, Beijing language and Culture University Press.
    ([FOR CHINESE].)
  • Wu Jingrong 2012, New Chinese-English dictionary, Commercial Press.
    ([FOR CHINESE].)
  • [FOR CHINESE]: NOTE: Materials required for this course LAC2001 will also be used in the subsequent course LAC2002 in Semester 2.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 6.00
Private Study 159.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TEST 1 100 20 04 Apr 2014
TEST 2 100 40 09 May 2014
TEST 3 100 40 13 Jun 2014

Important assessment information

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

  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 in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations 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

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

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.