Course Title: Chinese 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Jindan Ni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1921

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

All students must attend a placement test or interview during the first week in class. 

Please note that admission may be rejected on the basis of the placement test outcome, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended.

Please note enrolment in Chinese courses may be refused based on previous study or abilities, and students may be instructed to vary their enrolment in accordance with RMIT’s Enrolment Processes.

Course Description

This is the first of ten consecutive Chinese courses offered by theChinese Program at RMIT University.

In this introductory course to the Chinese language and culture, you will achieve a basic understanding of the spoken and written Chinese language systems, develop practical Chinese language skills including listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing., and build intercultural understanding through studying Chinese culture.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Communicate in spoken and written Chinese in everyday contexts, including greetings, introductions, simple instructions, and be able to describe people and places. 
  2. Read and understand simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia Chinese materials.
  3. Develop and reflect on effective language learning strategies that suit your individual learning needs.  
  4. Identify and discuss aspects of Chinese cultures and the relationship between culture and language
  5. Reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges.  

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and intercultural communication.

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations. 

Multimedia teaching and learning resources, and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties, which may arise in cross-cultural communication. 

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities and to use only Chinese. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used and made available through our online systems.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment task 1: Homework, quizzes, class participation, 20% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3. 

Assessment task 2: Progressive learning outcome exams, 30% CLO1 and CLO3. 

Assessment task 3: Final Speaking and Listening, 20% CLO2, CLO4 and CLO5. 

Assessment task 4: Final written exam, 30% CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

You will 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.  

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 Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.  

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures.