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CHNS3608: Chinese for Business Purposes (A)

This unit introduces Business Chinese for students with sound intermediate knowledge of Modern Standard Chinese. This unit provides basic training in oral and written communication skills for effective communication in different Chinese business contexts. Students will gain practical linguistic knowledge and cultural awareness by simulating business scenarios and reading texts on business related topics such as promoting yourself for a job offer, playing the role of a new employee, understanding company structures, establishing relationships with colleagues and clients, etc. Students will also develop their critical thinking and analysis skills by reflecting on authentic business cases.


Academic unit Chinese Studies
Unit code CHNS3608
Unit name Chinese for Business Purposes (A)
Session, year
Semester 1, 2023
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

HSC Chinese and Literature or equivalent
(CHNS2602 with a mark of 75% Distinction or above) or CHNS2002
CHNS3601 or CHNS3603
Assumed knowledge

Sound intermediate knowledge of Modern Standard Chinese

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Irene Shidong An,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz Vocabulary/Grammar quizzes (in class and online)
Vocab / grammar quizzes and other exercises
20% Multiple weeks 1000 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Participation Formative tasks
Class participation
10% Ongoing in class
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Writing assignment 1
Reading and writing task
10% Week 06
Due date: 30 Mar 2023 at 23:59
600 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Presentation hurdle task group assignment Oral group presentation
Group project: Role play on related topics learnt
20% Week 11
Due date: 08 May 2023 at 11:00

Closing date: 08 May 2023
1000 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO2
Assignment Writing assignment 2
Reading and writing task
10% Week 12
Due date: 18 May 2023 at 23:59
700 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Small test In class written test
test on vocab, grammar, reading comprehension and writing.
30% Week 13
Due date: 25 May 2023 at 16:00

Closing date: 25 May 2023
1200 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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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 integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture (1 hr) LO6
第一课 第一部分 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 02 第一课第二部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
第二课第一部分 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 03 第二课第二部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
第二课第一部分 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 04 第二课第一部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
第二课第一部分 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 05 第二课第二部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
第二课第二部分 Quiz 1 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 第二课第二部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
第三课第一部分 Writing assignment 1 due Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 第三课第一部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
第三课第二部分 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 第三课第二部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
第三课第二部分 Quiz 2 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 第四课第一部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
第四课第一部分 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 第四课第二部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
第四课第二部分 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 第四课第二部分 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Oral Presentation Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Quiz 3 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Revision Writing assignment 2 due Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Revision Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
In-class and take-home written assessment Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6

Attendance and class requirements


  • All classes (including lectures) are compulsory. 90% attendance is expected, otherwise absence penalty will apply. 
  • Lecture recording: Lectures will be recorded and made available to students on the LMS. 
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spending approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.
  • more information about assessment tasks will be provided on Canvas. 

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


  • 《新商务汉语精读教程:上册》周晨萌、曹晋、唐兴全编著, 清华大学出版社,2014 年版。New Business Chinese Intensive Reading (I). Qinghua University Publishing House. 

All other readings for this unit can be accessed on Canvas/by print.

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. become familiar with more Chinese terms and formal language usage relating to business topics
  • LO2. enhance your practical listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in modern Chinese language for business setting
  • LO3. be more confident in listening to formal Chinese conversations and reading business related Chinese-language materials and newspaper articles
  • LO4. write summaries and reflections on Chinese texts related to business issues and write analysis on authentic business cases
  • LO5. discuss business issues in modern standard Chinese and make formal oral presentations
  • LO6. have a better awareness of Chinese business culture and appropriate practices.

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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