AIC181 - Chinese 1A: An Introduction to the Language and Culture

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Xuemei Bai


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour online class, 1 x 2-hour online seminar per week


No prior knowledge of the language is required

This unit is not available to speakers of Chinese as a first language


The unit is designed for beginners who wish to achieve basic practical language skills for oral and written comprehension and expression in Standard Chinese (Mandarin). It aims at correct pronunciation, fluent speech and a systematic grounding in the basic sentence patterns. The official Pinyin Romanization is used and the standard writing system (the simplified characters) is introduced. Students will learn how to express greetings, exchange names and discuss in simple terms their families, occupations, daily routines and study programs. They will also be able to communicate on the above subjects in the Chinese script. Cultural topics will be discussed in conjunction with the language material.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply the official Pinyin Romanization and simplified Chinese character writing system to a range of key words and basic sentence patterns

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Use a range of words and expressions including basic grammatical constructions to describe simple information and opinions both orally and in writing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Identify relevant cultural aspects relating to communication using culturally appropriate language in both oral and written communication

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Writing Exercises 800 words
or equivalent
(in foreign language)
20% Weekly
Assessment 2 (Group) - Presentation 10-15 minutes 20% Week 10
Assessment 3 - Oral Test 10 minutes 20% Week 11

Assessment 4 - End-of-unit assessment 

Online test, 2 hours 40% End-of-unit assessment period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIC181
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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