CHIN 5004 - Research for Academic Publication for Chinese Speakers

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course takes a transcultural approach to the education of international students with native or near-native Chinese language proficiency who wish to develop their English language writing skills for the global academy. The course will train students how to publish research through the traditional blind review process, and to understand conventional forms of communicating with international reviewers and editors. It will make transparent the criteria for success in publishing research located in Asian and cultural studies in international journals. Students will increase their understanding of 'Western' scholarly reasoning, logical argumentation, and the article structures that are expected in cultural studies writing in English. Teaching will focus specifically on prevailing social research paradigms and methodologies, and the ways in which they are written in research articles. Students will deconstruct the structures and language of relevant research writing, and will learn how to analyse, critique and edit research articles in their own field. Individual and group mentoring will be given in peer and self-editing, and evaluation. By the end of the course each student will have designed, conducted and presented a research project in Asian Studies, and will have produced a draft manuscript aimed for submission to an appropriate journal of their choice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 5004
    Course Research for Academic Publication for Chinese Speakers
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites CHIN 5003 or equivalent
    Assumed Knowledge Native or near-native level of Chinese language proficiency
    Assessment In-class activities (25%), presentation (10%), review of literature (15%), 6,000 word research essay (draft publication manuscript) (50%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Xianlin Song

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Understand the current issues and methodologies facing scholars in Asian and Pacific studies in a global context
    2 Design and conduct an appropriate research project which involves locating, analysing, evaluating and synthesising information from a wide variety of sources
    3 Develop effective and creative research solutions to social and cultural problems by exploring the complexities of transcultural communication
    4 Develop the ability to understand the ‘Western’ scholarly argument and the ‘blind’ review process for refereed journal articles through group and individual manuscript writing
    5 Demonstrate knowledge of technological tools in academic research
    6 Strengthen desire to reflect upon students' own cultural heritage in relation to the prevailing conventions and values of other cultures
    7 Understand and commit to high levels of professional integrity required to participate in the international scholarly academy
    8 Respect of diverse ethical and cultural conventions and to evaluate their impact on professional
    skills, responsibilities and forms of communication
    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, 4, 7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught in a 3-hour weekly workshop.

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

    1 x 3-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 36 hours per semester
    7 hours reading per week 84 hours per semester
    8 hours research per week 96 hours per semester
    8 hours assignment preparation per week 96 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Information available upon enrolment.
  • 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
    In-class activities Formative and Summative 25% 1-8
    Workshop presentation Formative and Summative 10% 1-8
    Literature review Formative and Summative 15% 1-8
    6000 word research essay Formative and Summative 50% 1-8
    Assessment Detail
    In-class activities: these include group and individual draft writing, self and peer editing, responding to feedback - 25% weighting.

    Workshop presentation: students will submit a presentation on a chosen research topic - 10% weighting.

    Literature review: students will submit a literature review on a number of literature items - 15% weighting.

    6000 word research essay: students will submit a draft publication manuscript on a chosen topic - 50% weighting.
    All assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni.
    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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