Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitChinese Studies
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Hui Huang


This unit provides an introduction to written modern standard Chinese to students with a background in spoken Chinese. It provides training in formal grammatical structures and vocabulary to accelerate the development of students' literacy. An oral component is also included. This unit provides students with a basic critical understanding of Chinese society, its values and their evolutions.


  1. To be able to recognise around 500 Chinese characters and identify important associated radicals.
  2. To be able to write around 500 Chinese characters in simple composition.
  3. To acquire proficiency in the use of the pinyin romanisation system.
  4. To acquire knowledge of a grammatical framework with which to analyse and describe the vernacular Chinese under study.
  5. To further develop oral proficiency.
  6. To acquire a basic critical understanding of Chinese society, its values and their evolution.


Oral test and class performance: 15%
Written work and tests: 50%
Examination (2 hours): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures per week
Two 1-hour tutorials per week
One 1-hour Culture lecture (or computer lab) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


By permission


ATS1001, ATS1021, ATS2001, ATS2021, APG4001, APG4021, APG5001, APG5021.