Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 1A - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - speaking assignment (20%) , Assignment 2 - written assignment (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Explore Mandarin - the rich cultural language used in modern China today. You will be introduced to the language through online tutorials 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, webcam and a microphone headset for this unit.

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

  • Assignment 1 — speaking assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — written assignment (30%)
  • Exercises — Weekly homework (10%)
  • Journal — Submission of lecture notes (10%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Oral test (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials — a textbook and CD
  • Audio/Visual equipment — CD/Player
  • Broadband access — essential
  • Other special requirement — computer, Webcam and microphone headset

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

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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 Co-Op textbook list.

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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Short term Spoken Chinese: Threshold Vol.1 ( 25566 )

    By:Ma, Jianfei

    ISBN: 9787561913642


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Short-term Spoken Chinese: Threshold Vol.1 - 2 Audio

    By:Ma, Jianfei

    ISBN: 9787887032447


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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