SyllabusInstructor Information

Name Dr. Uli Kozok
Email kozok [at]
Office Spalding 462
Phone (O) 808-9567574
Mobile/Whatsapp 808-3657043
Skype ukozok
Office Hours    Mo 16-18:00

Course Information

Course Homepage:

Optional Texts:
1. J.N. Sneddon. Indonesian Reference Grammar. Allen& Unwin 1996. ISBN 1864480297 (US title: "Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar"; Taylor and Francis: 2005. ISBN: 0415155290).
2. A. M. Stevens & A. Schmidgall-Tellings. Comprehensive Indonesian-English Dictionary.

General Information

Students from countries where Indonesian/Malay is a partial or complete medium of instruction in the educational system, and native speakers of the language, will not normally be permitted to enter Indonesian 103. These students, and other students who have previously studied Indonesian/Malay should seek permission of the course coordinator on the first day of class.


On successful completion of "The Indonesian Way", students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. familiarity with basic phonology, morphology and syntax of the Indonesian language;

  2. familiarity with about 1,900 most frequently used words necessary for communicative competence;

  3. within this communicative competence, the ability to: a) comprehend basic standard spoken Indonesian (listening); b) perform simple to moderately complex conversation in an intelligent way (speaking); c) read elementary passages and stories with a fair degree of comprehension (reading); d) write simple descriptions of objects, situations and activities and write short-non-technical letters (writing); e) recognize and utilize basic rules in Indonesian grammar; f) integrate the linguistic skills specified above;


  1. Phonology: Pronunciation of Indonesian-word-stress, rhythm, sentence, intonation (declarative, interrogative, imperative and exclamatory intonation patterns).

  2. Morphology: General overview of affix system.

  3. Syntax: Word order in noun-phrases, verb-phrases, adjectival phrases and adverbial phrases. Sentence construction; phrase order in declarative and interrogative sentences.

  4. Conversation: basic competence.

  5. Reading and Writing: elementary

Course Units

IND103 and IND104 consists of each 40-45 lessons (pelajaran). We will generally cover three lessons per week. Students are required to observe the following weekly deadlines:

Opening Hours:
Discussion Forum: Due on Wednesdays 23:55 hours
Writing Assignments: Due on Wednesdays 23:55
Quizzes: Wednesday 0:00 until 23:55

The Learning Management System

The general structure of the course is simple. The lessons and all related materials, exercises, homework assignments, and quizzes can be accessed through the University of Hawaii's learning management system Laulima. When Laulima is slow or down, you can also access all course materials at

Technical Requirements

All you need is reliable access to the Internet, preferably broadband access. The best browser for our course is Firefox ( but Chrome and Safari will work as well. We experienced a few glitches with Opera. We do not recommend Internet Explorer as some features may not be available.

There is no specific requirement for your computer and the operating system that it uses. It is, however, highly recommended to upgrade to a relatively new system. Typically, any computer less than five years old should work fine. On some computers you may have to download the Adobe Flash Player.

Discussion Forum

Students are required to actively participate in the Discussion Forum. You may start a new discussion thread, and if there is none, the instructor will post a new thread to which you should respond.


Weekly quizzes 30%
Homework, Discussion Forum, WAU
Participation (online & in-class)     10%
Final Exam 30%

Grading Scale

Please note that we use the + and - system. Although an A+ will only be given to exceptional students, it is not too difficult to get an A grade for this course if you are always well prepared, score well in the tests and quizzes, and contribute to the class in a meaningful way.

90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
0 - 59 F

Homework assignments

Your teacher will correct your homework assignments and return them to you. Make sure to retrieve the corrected writing assignment, and look carefully at any corrections and comments.

Participation (online and in-class)

Active participants in the course can get up to 10% credit for their contributions and participation in class. Active participation is not only expected in-class but also online. The online exercises are not graded, and you do not get punished when your answer is wrong. Even when you score 0% in an exercise, this will not effect your grade. What counts is that you have done the exercise.


Students are expected to spend at least six hours per week on this course, including reading and writing assignments.

Academic Integrity & Problems

The integrity of a university depends upon academic honesty, which consists of independent learning and research. Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism, and will not be tolerated. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, giving unauthorized help during an examination, using inappropriate sources of information during an examination. As most of our exams are conducted online we need to remind students that our exams are closed book exams. No dictionaries, online dictionaries, translation programs, or any open books are allowed. For further information about academic integrity read the Campus Policies.

Whenever you feel something isn't working as well as you'd like – whether it's the class structure, the lecture, the assignments, grades, or your own efforts in the course – PLEASE TELL SOMEONE about it!! Talk to your class representative, or to me, or scribble a note (anonymous if you like - put it into the assignment box next to my door) or send an email, leave a voice-mail message, catch me after class, come during office hours, or make an appointment: Let someone know if something isn't working for you. I'd prefer to hear about the problems in the course during the semester, when we can deal with them, rather than in course evaluations, when it's too late to change things.