Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitChinese Studies
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Hui Huang


This unit continues the overview of the important sentence structures of modern standard Chinese begun in Chinese introductory for background speakers 1. It continues to provide training in formal grammatical structures and vocabulary to further develop students' literacy. An oral component is also included. This unit continues to provide students with a basic critical understanding of Chinese society, its values and their evolutions.


  1. To be able to recognise an additional 500 Chinese characters (900 in total) .
  2. To be able to write an additional 500 Chinese characters (900 in total).
  3. To gain an understanding of the basic syntax system of Modern Standard Chinese and of the similarities between it and English.
  4. To acquire comprehension skills necessary to read simple modern vernacular texts.
  5. To acquire basic Chinese word processing skills.
  6. To further develop oral proficiency (approximates to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages A2)
  7. To further acquire a basic critical understanding of Chinese society, its values and their evolutions


Within semester assessment: 65%
Exam: 35%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS1905 or by permission


ATS1002, ATS1022, ATS2002, ATS2022, APG4002, APG4022, APG5002, APG5022