CHIN 3212 - Chinese IIISB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course is a continuation of Chinese IIISA. Students will read a selection of modern Chinese literary and non-literary texts. Students will also be expected to study the social and cultural background to the readings. In addition, there will be an introduction to the basic features of Classical Chinese. By the end of the course students will be familiar with a wide range of classical and contemporary writing styles. Throughout the course, emphasis will also be placed on oral/aural skills and the ability to present analysis of reading material.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 3212
    Course Chinese IIISB
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites CHIN 3011 or CHIN 3211 or equivalent
    Incompatible CHIN 3012
    Course Description This course is a continuation of Chinese IIISA. Students will read a selection of modern Chinese literary and non-literary texts. Students will also be expected to study the social and cultural background to the readings. In addition, there will be an introduction to the basic features of Classical Chinese. By the end of the course students will be familiar with a wide range of classical and contemporary writing styles. Throughout the course, emphasis will also be placed on oral/aural skills and the ability to present analysis of reading material.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Delia Lin

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Knowledge and understanding of Chinese language and many aspects of Chinese culture and society;
    2 The ability to read and comprehend more complicated essays in Chinese on the topics covered in   the course;
    3 The ability to construct, write and type sentences and short essays in Chinese on the topics
    covered in the course;
    4 The ability to engage in extended conversations in Mandarin in a culturally appropriate
    manner with Chinese native speakers;
    5 An understanding of and respect for cultural difference and diversity combined with a knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in intercultural communication;
    6 The ability to use independently a variety of sources to further your own understanding of the Chinese language;
    7 The ability to work to strict timelines on regular exercises and assessments;
    8 The ability to work collaboratively with your peers;
    9 A heightened awareness and understanding of different ways of seeing the world, specifically the Chinese world views;
    10 The ability to research, synthesise, analyse and present information related to Chinese language and culture and using appropriate technologies and resources;
    11 Increased critical and analytical thinking skills;
    12 An understanding of, and commitment to, the importance of life-long learning through a passion for Chinese language and culture that will, we hope, encourage you to travel to, study or work in Chinese speaking countries in the future.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 7, 10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6, 8, 12
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 11, 12
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 9
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 12
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required resources will be circulated in class.

    Recommended Resources
    It is essential that students have a Chinese-English and English-Chinese Dictionary. Students are allowed to use dictionaries in the quizzes and the final examination.

    The most useful library sections for
    third-year Chinese work are:
                                  495.1   Chinese language
                                              Chinese grammar

                                  895.1    Chinese literature

                                  951       Chinese history
                                               Contemporary Chinese magazines
                                              Chinese studies

    Books in Chinese on particular subjects or in English on particular aspects of China can also be found
    catalogued according to the subject area.

    Online Learning
    The MyUni site will be used to announce upcoming curricular and extra curricular events and host supplementary material. The site will help students and lecturers to communicate outside of
    class and help students prepare for lectures. Feedback will be given on MyUni Grade Centre.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Communicative skills will be developed through a task-oriented, activity-based approach. Students will be encouraged to participate actively at every stage of learning. Audio/visual materials presenting social situations and cultural settings will bring a degree of realism into the classroom.

    Learning strategies will be taught explicitly and linked to specific language-learning tasks. Whenever possible, the course will integrate linguistic learning with cultural learning to achieve the dual goal of language development and improvement in the four skill areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening and intercultural understanding and mediation.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1-hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester
    2 x 1-hour tutorials per week 24 hours per semester
    4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester
    2 hours preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours listening and speaking practise per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours writing practise per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Family  1
    Week 2 Family  2
    Week 3 Youth and friendship 1
    Week 4 Youth and friendship 2
    Week 5 At the workplace 1
    Week 6 At the workplace 2
    Week 7 Social issues 1
    Week 8 Social issues 2
    Week 9 Music and arts
    Week 10 Tradition and modernity 1
    Week 11 Tradition and modernity 2
    Week 12 Revision & final test
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures/tutorials.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small group discovery is an integral part of the learning process. Techniques such as small group discussion, role plays and Think-Pair-Share will be used regularly in lectures and tutorials.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    5 x sentence construction quizzes* Formative and Summative 10% 3
    Written test Formative and Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 7
    2 x Essays Formative and Summative 20% 1-12
    Oral presentation Formative and Summative 10% 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Oral test Formative and Summative 10% 4, 6, 9
    Final test Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 7
    *It is required that this component is passed to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    5 x sentence construction quizzes: held fortnightly. This component must be passed in order for the student to pass the course - 10% weighting.

    Written test: includes vocabulary and grammar - 20% weighting

    Oral presentation: student will conduct a 5 minute oral presentation on a chosen topic - 10% weighting

    Oral test: includes reading texts and one-on-one conversation - 10% weighting

    2 x essays: student will submit two short essays - 20% weighting

    Final test: test includes listening, reading and writing - 30% weighting
    Essays are to be submitted by hard copy or via email to the lecturer in class on the due date.


    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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