German (GERM) 303

Intermediate German II (Revision 2)

GERM 303

Permanently closed, effective December 14, 2016.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: GERM 302, or equivalent of three semesters of university German.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

German Home Page

GERM 303 has a Challenge for Credit option.


This course is designed to further develop students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through the use of authentic materials (newspaper articles, letters, interviews, biographies, advertisements, essays, poems, cartoons and short fiction). We hope you will achieve these broad objectives:

  • Recognize the popular language of advertising and charts.
  • Skim a text for contextual understanding.
  • Read a passage for facts.
  • State your opinion about a current event.
  • Speak about a literary text.
  • Summarize an article orally and in writing.
  • Increase your listening comprehension of German spoken at native speed.
  • Learn about the world of work in Germany.
  • Discuss multiculturalism and stereotypes from several perspectives.
  • Speak and write about relations between the generations in Germany.
  • Speak and write about environmental issues such as recycling and pollution.

While accomplishing the above objectives, you will review your knowledge of these grammar concepts and learn to use them in grammatically correct sentences in both spoken and written German:

  • Two-way prepositions
  • Time expressions with the dative case
  • Da- and wo-compounds
  • Genitive case
  • Preceded and unpreceded adjectives
  • Adjectives used as nouns
  • Participles as adjectives
  • Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
  • Subjunctive II
  • Würde-construction
  • Conditional sentences
  • Als ob and als wenn constructions
  • Reflexive pronouns and verbs
  • Relative pronouns and clauses
  • Objective and subjective use of modals
  • Passive voice
  • Alternatives to passive voice
  • Indirect discourse
  • Subjunctive I

You will improve your accent and fluency in spoken German after completing the oral components of the course.


To receive credit for GERM 303, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the written examination. All assignments are required in order to pass the course. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

5 Written Exercises 4 Oral Exercises Oral Exam Written Exam Total
30% 10% 20% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Moeller, Jack, Barabara Mabee, Simone Berger, and Winnifred R. Adolph. Kaleidoskop: Kultur, Literatur und Grammatik. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning, 2013.

Other materials

All other course materials will be accessed online. They include the written assignments for credit and access to the Kaleidoskop premium website with audio and film exercises.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the GERM 303 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on each part of the examination.

Oral Conversation Exam Total
30% 70% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, February 6, 2015.

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Updated December 15 2016 by Student & Academic Services