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Chinese 5 (CHIN10017)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeCHIN10017
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed for students to develop their ability of communicating in Chinese at a beginning-advanced level and their analytical skills of the Chinese language through engaging with a range of topics concerning contemporary Chinese society and culture. Student’s linguistic competence will be enhanced through exposure to Chinese materials dealing with a variety of socio-cultural situations, writing and presenting opinion pieces on current issues in Chinese, and participating in group discussions. Study activities will be supported with linguistic and cultural resources, including background information in brief English passages, along with video, audio and additional reading materials introducing the cultural topics.

This subject will allow students to have a better understanding of Chinese cultural practices. They will be more competent in communicating in Chinese on a variety of topics in both spoken and written forms.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will:

• be able to make a short presentation in Chinese on a selected number of subjects;

• be able to write a short essay in Chinese on themes related to students’ own social and

cultural interests;

• be able to function in Chinese in a selected number of situations;

• develop some general correspondence skills;

• develop contextual and cultural awareness for intercultural communication;

• have a vocabulary of approximately 1150 characters;

• acquire general knowledge of key social and cultural phenomena as the basis for a better global awareness.

Generic skills

  • be able to recognize, value, and learn from cultural differences;
  • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • acquire public speaking skills through tutorial discussion and class presentations;
  • acquire skills of time management and regular investment of effort as the foundation for advanced levels of competence.

Eligibility and requirements


All students enrolling in Chinese for the first time are required to complete the online language questionnaire/placement test at http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/asiainstitute/students/placement-tests. This applies to all students, from total beginners through to formal study, such as VCE or equivalent, or informally through family or overseas travel.

Upon completion of the placement test, students will receive an email with the outcome and entry point. Within 5 working days of receiving the email, students' study plans will be updated and students will be able to self-enrol into the first subject of their entry point. The results of the test are binding and enrolment can only be changed with approval from the coordinator of the language major.

It is recommended that students undertake the language placement test at least two weeks prior to the commencement of semester.



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHIN20003 Chinese 5
Semester 1
CHIN30008 Chinese 5
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Weekly in-class written tests of 10 mins each (Weeks 2-10) 10%
  • A short 4-minute oral class presentation (Week 6) 5%
  • A 30-minute listening and comprehension test (Week 12) 20%
  • An 8-minute oral test (during examination period) 15%
  • A 2-hour final examination (during examination period) 50%

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorRuonan Zeng
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA total of 48 hours: 4 hours of language classes per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Time commitment totals 170 hours.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Wu Zhongwei, Gao Shunquan and Tao Lian. 10 Level Chinese - Level 3, Integrated Textbook, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2015.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Language Placement Test required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 21 August 2019