Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 1A


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Undergraduate Level 1

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Web Dependent

Prerequisites: What are the prerequisites?


Availability: What is a Study period?



13 weeks

Government loans available:


Domestic student fee:

$795.00 (AUD)

HECS student fee:

$706.00 (AUD)

International student fee:

$1,020.00 (AUD)


Explore Mandarin - the rich cultural language used in modern China today. You will be introduced to the language through online lectures and collaboration with your peers with the aim of developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The unit presents language that would be used in everyday situations you are likely to encounter in both Australian and Chinese contexts. You will undertake a range of activities that can be integrated into any busy lifestyle. The unit anticipates difficulties and provides suggestions on how you can resolve or avoid them. You will need access to a computer, broadband internet connection, a webcam and a microphone headset for this unit.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Special Requirements

  • Additional materials — a textbook: Hanyu Kouyu Sucheng (Rumen Pian Shang): Short-Term Spoken Chinese ? Threshold 1, 2nd Edition (Book 1 and accompaning audio CDs).Ma Jianfei et al., Beijing Language and Culture University Press, Beijing, 2007
  • Audio/Visual equipment — CD/Player
  • Broadband access — essential
  • Other special requirement — computer, Webcam and microphone headset


  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Quizzes (10%)

Learning Outcomes

To introduce Chinese language, especially the four macro-skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introducing Huanyu Pinyin
2introducing language used in everyday situations
3Introduces a range of learning activities such as group wiki work and collaboration in the Wimba classrooms
4Points out difficulties & how to resolve/avoid them

Study Resources

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Study Guide
  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

There are no required textbooks for this unit.

Relevant Courses

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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