ATS2001 - Chinese introductory 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Chinese Studies


Mr Scott Grant

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit provides an introduction to spoken and written modern standard Chinese to students with no prior knowledge of Mandarin. An overview of the important sentence structures of modern standard Chinese is begun with equal emphasis on the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will also be

introduced to culture and customs as they relate to everyday life.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have acquired:

  1. The ability to read around 250 Chinese characters and identify important associated radicals.

  2. The ability to write around 250 Chinese characters in simple composition.
  3. The ability to use oral/aural skills necessary for communication in a small number of everyday practical situations (approximates to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages A1).

  4. The ability to use the pinyin Romanisation system.
  5. A basic critical understanding of Chinese culture and customs as they relate to daily life.


Within semester assessment: 45% + Exam: 55%

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)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students choosing the flexible mode can choose to access lecture material solely through Monash University Lectures Online recordings or to attend lectures on-campus.

Online synchronous (real time) tutorial, seminar and computer lab class times will be offered as an alternative to on-campus classes. A minimum attendance rate of 75% is required for these classes to avoid penalty.

Flexible students will be required to come to the Clayton campus in person on a total of 3 occasions during the semester. This includes attendance at one lecture test, one oral presentation and one end of semester oral exam. They will also be required to attend a Monash nominated exam venue for the written exam at the end of semester .

Students choosing the flexible mode must have reliable access to high-speed broadband, have a computer with a minimum of 4MB RAM and an independent graphics card, and a headset with microphone.

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


Students enrolled in Arts courses are prohibited from taking this unit. In addition, students enrolled in this unit are prohibited from taking ATS1001, ATS1021, ATS2021