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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Designed to provide an introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin). From the start you will learn to participate in simple conversations in Chinese, moving to Chinese characters and how they represent meanings. Through learning the language you will discover various significant aspects of Chinese life and culture.

Unit content

  • Tone system of Chinese language
  • Pinyin Romanisation
  • Chinese characters: meaning and writing
  • Chinese grammar
  • Conversation
  • Reading
  • Chinese life and culture
  • Strategies and techniques for studying Chinese

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 participate in simple conversations in Chinese on topics relating to self, family and study
2 recognise and produce the tones of Modern Standard Chinese
3 accurately use the pinyin system of romanisation
4 explain the principles of the Chinese character writing system
5 recognise and write approximately 120 basic Chinese characters
6 recognise a further 130 Chinese words and phrases

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. participate in simple conversations in Chinese on topics relating to self, family and study
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  2. recognise and produce the tones of Modern Standard Chinese
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  3. accurately use the pinyin system of romanisation
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  4. explain the principles of the Chinese character writing system
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  5. recognise and write approximately 120 basic Chinese characters
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  6. recognise a further 130 Chinese words and phrases
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