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AIF354 - History and Development of the Indonesian Language


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) - Offered in alternating even years 2020, 2022

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Monika Winarnita

AIF342 or permission from Unit Chair



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online sessions/prerecordings: Week 2 – 11


This unit will explore how the Indonesian language came into being. Knowledge of its history and development will give students the ability to extract more meaning from contemporary language use and improve access to older documents. Changes and standardisation of Indonesian spelling, syntax and structure as part of the Malay language and culture will also be studied to allow students to understand the way in which the national languages of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore are related and interact both historically and in the present time.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Communicate fluently in Indonesian in writing and speaking using all major grammatical constructions

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork


Discuss language issues and cultural knowledge relating to standardization, language planning, and current usage in Indonesia at a high level to enhance effective communication and individual language goals as demonstrated in the individual project

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Understand and interpret documents and texts in original Indonesian to show understanding of language development as demonstrated in assignments and individual project

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Identify, collect and use primary source material in Indonesian from print and internet sources

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 3:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Seminar/Online Exercises 500 words equivalent 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - 4 x Seminar/Online Exercises 2000 words equivalent 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Report 1000 words 40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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