Chinese 3 Post VCE

Subject CHIN10007 (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: A 2-hour seminar, a 1-hour tutorial and a 1-hour practical 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.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

CHIN10007 Chinese 2E; CHIN20018 Chinese 2E; CHIN30016 Chinese 2E.

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 subject is for students who have completed a course of study in Chinese at secondary school level. In building on the knowledge students already have, particular attention will be paid to expanding vocabulary, ensuring a good grasp of the basic grammar of spoken Chinese, and developing reading, writing and oral/aural skills. By the end of this subject students should be able to master 750 Chinese characters and should have a good grasp of the linguistic knowledge and be able to transform them into active skills through practical activities.
In the course of building up their linguistic competence, students will further expend their cultural understanding of the linguistic knowledge in order to become more competent in cross-cultural communication. Chinese texts will be supported by brief English introduction, video, audio or additional reading materials dealing with the cultural topics.

Learning Outcomes:

On the completion of this subject, students will
• Be able to master approximately 750 Chinese characters;
• have a good knowledge of basic grammatical structures;
• be able to understand and conduct a conversation in Chinese on a range of everyday topics;
• be able to apply systematic academic discipline to previous experience and knowledge;
• be able to adapt to academic learning regimes requiring high levels of self discipline to ensure accuracy, with greatest emphasis being placed on the acquisition of skills in a written language;
• increase levels of cross-cultural awareness.

  • Class tests 10% (fortnightly)
  • A class Quiz 5% (weekly)
  • A 30 minute listening comprehension test 20% (week 12)
  • A 10 minute Oral Test 20% (week 12)
  • A composition test of 300 characters 5% (week 12)
  • A 2 hour examination 40% (examination period)

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:

Yuan Liangzhen and Zhang Yanhua, New Step, Peking University Press, 2006

Recommended Texts:


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.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will:
• be able to apply academic discipline to previous experience and knowledge;
• be able to adapt to academic learning regimes, requiring high level of self discipline to ensure accuracy, with emphasis being placed on the acquisition skills in written language;
• have increased levels of cross-cultural awareness;
• acquire 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 refer the following link for further information:

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chinese
Chinese Language Major
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Chinese
Related Breadth Track(s): Chinese - Entry Point 3

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