Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 1A - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Speaking (20%) , Assignment 2 - Written (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

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 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written (30%)
  • Exercises (10%)
  • Journal (10%)
  • Test — Oral (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials — a textbook and CD
  • Audio/Visual equipment — CD/Player
  • 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 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 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 1 (With CD/ 3rd


    ISBN: 9787301257357


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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