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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
Intensive July, 2020
Attendance mode Block mode
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 Shidong An,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Classwork
Vocabulary quizzes
10% Ongoing equiv 100 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO2
Assignment Online or individual learning assignments
Online / offline small assignment tasks
20% Ongoing equiv 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation hurdle task group assignment Group Oral Presentation
Group Oral Presentation
20% Week -03
Due date: 14 Jul 2020 at 23:59

Closing date: 14 Jul 2020
equiv 700 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8
Small test hurdle task Listening/written test 1
In-class and Take home test
15% Week -04
Due date: 16 Jul 2020 at 13:00

Closing date: 16 Jul 2020
equiv 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Small test hurdle task Listening/written Test 1
In-class and take-home test
15% Week -05
Due date: 24 Jul 2020 at 13:00

Closing date: 24 Jul 2020
equiv 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation hurdle task Oral Interview
Individual oral interview
20% Week -05
Due date: 24 Jul 2020 at 10:00

Closing date: 24 Jul 2020
equiv 700 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • 2x Oral presentations
  • 2x Small tests
  • 4x vocabulary quizzes
  • 5x small assignment tasks 

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Simple extension available for written assignments upon written request. Otherwise, late penalties apply.

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

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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 -03 1. introduction 2. Study Pinyin and tones 3. Practice Pinyin and tones Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO7 LO8
L1 Greetings Review Pinyin and Tones Strokes and stroke order Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
L2 Nationality Review Pinyin and tones Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
L3 My family Speaking and listening practice Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
L4 My telephone numbers Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week -04 L5 My weekly activities Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
1. Revision 2. Oral presentation 1 Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8
Revision Open-book in class + take home test Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
L6 Having a coffee with friends and shopping Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week -05 L7 I like Chinese cuisine Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
L8 I can type in Chinese Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Revision Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8
1. Oral Interview 2. Open-book in-class and take-home test Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements


  • 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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