CHIN 3301 - Chinese IIIA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed in Chinese IIB by means of further oral, reading, writing and translation practice. The emphasis is on the application of the student's language training to the study of Chinese source materials reflecting contemporary Chinese culture and society. It is expected that by the end of the semester students should have an active vocabulary of around 1200 Chinese characters and associate compounds, should be able to read simple authentic texts in modern Chinese using reference materials, and to construct short essays in Chinese on everyday topics.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 3301
    Course Chinese IIIA
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Prerequisites CHIN 2002, CHIN 2202 or equivalent
    Incompatible CHIN 3001, CHIN 3201
    Course Description This course aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed in Chinese IIB by means of further oral, reading, writing and translation practice. The emphasis is on the application of the student's language training to the study of Chinese source materials reflecting contemporary Chinese culture and society. It is expected that by the end of the semester students should have an active vocabulary of around 1200 Chinese characters and associate compounds, should be able to read simple authentic texts in modern Chinese using reference materials, and to construct short essays in Chinese on everyday topics.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Baohui Xie

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the required vocabulary and grammar
    2 demonstrate ability to read and comprehend more complicated essays in Chinese on the topics covered in the course
    3 demonstrate ability to construct, write and type sentences and short essays in Chinese on the topics covered in the course
    4 demonstrate ability to discuss topics covered in the course in Chinese
    5 demonstrate ability to engage in extended conversations in Mandarin in a
    culturally appropriate manner with Chinese native speakers
    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. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-3, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Boya Chinese, Semi-Intermediate Speed-Up 1/Zhunzhongji Jiasupian 1, Beijing University Press, 2004
    Recommended Resources
    It is essential that students have Chinese-English and English-Chinese Dictionaries. 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
    Dictionaries
    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.
    Workload

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

    1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    8 hours reading/practise per week 96 hours per semester
    8 hours assignment work per week 96 hours per semester
    5 hours preparation per week 60 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course covers Units 1-4 and 6-7 (Texts 1-7, 11-14) of the textbook, Boya Chinese, Zhun Zhong Ji I. Students are required to learn to read and write the characters for each text covered.
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction (Unit 1, Text 1: Three email messages)
    Week 2 Unit 1, Text 2: A diary entry
    Week 3 Unit 2, Text 3: Studying in China as an overseas student
    Week 4 Unit 2, Text 4: Children learning languages
    Week 5 Unit 3, Text 5:  Is she our daughter?
    Week 6 Unit 3, Text 6: Colour and personality
    Week 7 Unit 4, Text 7: The record
    Week 8 Unit 6, Text 11: Eating in China
    Week 9 Unit 6, Text 12: Taking people out to dinner
    Week 10 Unit 7, Text 13: What should you do?
    Week 11 Unit 7, Text 14: Superstition in different countries
    Week 12 Revision and oral test
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures, tutorials and seminars.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small group discovery is an integral part of the learning process. Techniques such as Think-Pair-Share will be used regularly in seminars and tutorials. Accumulative snow-balling techniques will be used to learn complex concepts and texts.
  • 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 Course learning outcomes
    Sentence contruction Formative & summative 10% 1
    Mid-semester exam Formative & summative 20% 1-3
    2 x essays Formative & summative 20% 1-4
    Oral test 1 Formative & summative 10% 1-5
    Oral test 2 Formative & summative 10% 1-5
    Final exam Summative 30% 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures, tutorials and seminars. There are no supplementary tests for assessments other than the oral test 2 and final exam. Students who have missed an assessment due to medical or compassionate reasons and who have notified the course coordinator/tutor prior to the assessment will be given an average mark based on the results of  other assessments. Those who do not turn up for assessments without medical or compassionate reasons will be given no marks.
    Assessment Detail
    5 x Sentence Construction Tasks: five fortnightly sentence construction tasks throughout the semester, each worth 2% of the semester total. Students are to ask to construct sentences with the words read by the tutor - 10% weighting
     
    Mid-semester Exam: will include listening, reading and writing with a focus on listening. Dictionaries are allowed - 20% weighting

    2 x Essays: Students are required to hand in two typed essays of 500-700 Chinese characters on a particular topic - 20% weighting
     
    Oral Test 1: 15 minute presentation and discussion on a particular topic - 10% weighting

    Oral Test 2: 10 minutes one-on-one reading and conversation - 10% weighting

    Final examination: includes writing and reading. Dictionaries are allowed - 30% weighting
    Submission
    Essays are to be submitted by hard copy to the course coordinator 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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