Chinese 3A

Subject CHIN10015 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours of language study per week
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


All students enrolling in Chinese at The University of Melbourne for the first time are required to use the online placement test: .This applies to all students, including total beginners and those who have experience with the language, whether through formal study, such as VCE or equivalent, or informally through family or overseas travel. The results of the test are binding and enrolment can only be changed in consultation with the relevant course coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Some pre-knowledge of Chinese language.

Non Allowed Subjects:

CHIN20001 Chinese 3A, CHIN30020 Chinese 2A, CHIN10011 Chinese 2A.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Shaoming Zhou



Subject Overview:

This is a post-elementary subject in Chinese. By the end of this subject students should know 650 Chinese characters and should have a good grasp of basic grammatical structures as well as furthering their knowledge of Chinese cultural practices.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will:

• have a knowledge of 650 Chinese characters.
• will have good knowledge of basic grammatical structures.
• be able to conduct a conversation in Chinese on a range of everyday topics.
• further develop their knowledge of Chinese cultural practices.
• make use of the diversified knowledge of intercultural communication practices.

  • A 1-hour mid-semester test (mid semester) 10%
  • A 1-hour composition test (week 11) 5%
  • A 30-minute listening comprehension test (week 12) 20%
  • An 8-minute oral exam (week 12) 20%
  • Class participation (throughout the semester) 5%
  • A 2-hour written exam (during exam period) 40%

This subject is equivalent to 4,000 words.

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.

Prescribed Texts:

Hanyu Kouyu Sucheng, Jichupian, (Ma Jianfei, et al) Beijing Yuyan Wenhua Daxue Chubanshe, Beijing, 2001

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will:

• be able to construct sophisticated frameworks out of basic structural knowledge.
• be able to persist with learning tasks that do not show clear short-term returns to achieve long-term gains, particularly for the sake of acquiring a complex written code.
• enhance their diversified knowledge of intercultural communication practices.
• develop more effective time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for class preparation, revision and assignment completion.


Students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Chinese Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Please see here for further information.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chinese
Chinese Language Major
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Chinese

Download PDF version.