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CHNS1101: Chinese 1A (For Beginners)

This unit is an introduction to basic communication skills in Modern Standard Chinese for beginners. Foundation work on pronunciation, pinyin romanisation, elementary grammar and the Chinese writing system will be followed by conversational drills, comprehension, reading and writing practice in Classwork and homework.


Academic unit Chinese Studies
Unit code CHNS1101
Unit name Chinese 1A (For Beginners)
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Chinese native speakers or HSC Chinese Background Speakers or CHNS2001 or CHNS2002 or CHNS3000 or CHNS3001
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Linda Tsung,
Lecturer(s) Xuan Han ,
Tutor(s) Xuan Han ,
Winnie Zhou,
Liang Zhao,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Online or individual learning assignments
20% Multiple weeks 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
Small continuous assessment Classwork
10% Ongoing 100 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Presentation group assignment Oral presentations
20% Week 06 700 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO6
Small test Writing project 1
15% Week 07 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO3
Presentation Oral presentation
20% Week 12 700 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO7
Small test Writing project 2
15% Week 13 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO8 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction; 2. Review Pinyin 1 Lecture (1 hr)  
1. Study and practice Pinyin and tones; 2. Review Pinyin Tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 Lesson 1 Greetings Review Pinyin 2 Lecture (1 hr)  
Greetings, Strokes and strokes order Tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Lesson 2 Nationality and Pinyin Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 04 Lesson 3 My family Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 05 Lesson 4 My telephone numbers Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 06 Revision 1 Lecture (1 hr)  
Group oral presentations Tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Revision 2, Written test Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 08 Lesson 5 My weekly activities Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 09 Lesson 6 Having a coffee with friends Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 10 Lesson 7 My hobbies Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 11 Lesson 8 Typing Chinese Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 12 Revision 3, Oral interviews Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 13 Final revision and written test Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Required textbook:

  • Functioning in Chinese, Level 1. Third edition, 2018 by Han. X and Tsung, L. Bilingual Publishing Company, Melbourne. (Available at Gleebook, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe)
  • Audio recordings for this textbook can be accessed on the link available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. master the pronunciation of modern standard Chinese, including the tones (Pinyin romanisation system)
  • LO2. understand the basic structure of the Chinese writing system
  • LO3. understand the basic structure of the grammar of modern standard Chinese
  • LO4. communicate in Chinese in a variety of everyday situations (listening and speaking)
  • LO5. read and write approximately 100 simplified Chinese characters and related vocabulary
  • LO6. use basic Chinese vocabulary and grammar structures to write short paragraphs
  • LO7. demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and customs
  • LO8. demonstrate an insight into, and display interest in, Chinese studies.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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