Course Title: Japanese Corporate Discourse and Culture

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese Corporate Discourse and Culture

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2020,
Viet1 2022,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Eriko Yamato

Course Coordinator Phone: (84-28) 362 2440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: SGS 2.5.49

Course Coordinator Availability: By appoinment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed LANG1310 Japanese 5 before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. 

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

This course is one of four advanced courses that make a total of ten courses in Japanese studies offered at RMIT University Vietnam. 

This course will extend your communicative competence and proficiency in Japanese. Emphasis will be placed on the further development of your productive skills in a wide range of corporate settings. You will study different aspects of Japanese language and corporate culture through a range of authentic written and multimedia materials. You will critically analyse and reflect on contemporary issues in Japanese multinational corporations. 

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where you can continue with further self-directed learning. The course will equip you with further language skills for diverse situations. 

Classes are taught in Japanese. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcome

In this course, you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

Bachelor of Languages BP317 Vietnam  

PLO1: Communicate effectively in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms with audiences within and external to the discipline. 
PLO4: Adapt and develop effective communication strategies to address linguistic diversity in the workplace. 
PLO5: Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within language related fields. 
PLO7: Evaluate and apply technology to increase efficiency and precision in language sensitive working contexts. 
PLO8: Critically analyse resources, evidence and personal experience to make ethical, socially and politically aware decisions related to language and intercultural interpretations and applications 
PLO9: Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication. 

Course Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

CLO1: Communicate increasingly fluently in both oral and written Japanese in work settings. 
CLO2: Analyse and critique the use of the Japanese language in a diverse range of authentic work related spoken and written multimedia materials. 
CLO3: Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and further demonstrate independent and autonomous learning. 
CLO4: Analyse and debate some contemporary social, political and economic issues related to culture of Japanese multinational corporations. 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to work in pairs and small groups to develop your language skills. Oral exercises will provide you with opportunities to practise your spoken Japanese while you will use authentic materials to analyse specific discourses. 

Various simulation, problem solving exercises and case studies are employed to expose authentic situations.  

Class exercises are supported by language exchange sessions with native speakers, where appropriate Therefore, regular class attendance and commitment are important to support your learning. 

Delivery may be face-to-face, online or a mix of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include group and individual assignments or projects, in-class quizzes, class presentations, essays and end of semester tasks. You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Report Writing, 40% (CLO1, CLO2 and CLO4) 

Assessment Task 2: Notes Making, 20%, (CLO2 and CLO3) 

Assessment Task 3: Case Study, 20% (CLO1, CLO2 and CLO4) 

Assessment Task 4: Project-Based Learning, 20% (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, and CLO4) 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.