Course Title: Chinese for Professional Communication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese for Professional Communication

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Guosheng Chen (sem 1) / Dr Lynne Li (sem 2)

Course Coordinator Phone: [9925] 4840 / 3749

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Chinese 6 or equivalent

Course Description

This course develops your ability to communicate effectively and professionally in Chinese language in a wide range of social-cultural and professional contexts. The course provides you with knowledge of diverse forms of Chinese language for professional communication. You will learn techniques of delivering the language in verbal and non-verbal forms to achieve best outcomes for communicating in international organisations. These include interviews, leading discussions, public speech, debating and professional reports. These practical skills will be presented within the broader context of reflection on key differences between Chinese and Western workplace culture and practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • identify key differences between Chinese and Western cultures and communication styles
  • engage in various forms of verbal and non-verbal, and written communication Chinese at a professional level
  • express complex scholarly and technical concepts related to your core field of study and desired profession in Chinese

Overview of Learning Activities

In weekly classes you will study the conventions cultural and linguistic conventions of different modes of professional communication in Chinese. This will involve regular practical tasks conducted both in and outside class, in teams and independently.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to have access to comprehensive e-resources for learning. Additional resources will be provided in class and online through MyRMIT Studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment tasks will involve the preparation and presentation of several common forms of professional communication in Chinese including:

  • oral presentations,
  • reports,
  • formal letters and;
  • a career development portfolio.

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: Assessment and assessment flexibility policy

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: Student Responsibilities Statement

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your Program Director or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.