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Undergraduate Course: Foundation Business Chinese 1 (ASST07022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA course for students with an intermediate level in Chinese who wish to develop their interest in business Chinese. Students with an advanced knowledge of Chinese language are not permitted and may be asked to withdraw from the course.

On successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take Foundation Business Chinese 2 (ASST07023).
Course description This course is task-based and designed for students who have an intermediate level of Chinese. Students who have successfully completed Foundation Chinese 2, Chinese 1 or have an equivalent knowledge (e.g. GCSE) in the language will be ideally suited for this course.

The course contains two main aspects. It aims to:
1) further develop the learner's intermediate communication skills in business Chinese, and
2) familiarise the learner with contemporary Chinese society and culture, and deepen cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of the modern Chinese business world.

In hybrid teaching mode, the two-hour lecture will be delivered asynchronously. Students will be assigned to a group for a one-hour live tutorial session.

At the end of this course, students will reach a degree of fluency in commonplace business topics. Students wishing to continue learning business Chinese will be eligible to join Foundation Business Chinese 2 in the second semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x Oral presentation (25%)
1 x Oral exam (25%)
1 x Language test (50%)
Feedback Feedback is an essential element of the course. You will receive written feedback for each of the assessment components. Correct answers and explanations for the Language Test will be provided after your test. You will also receive informal feedback throughout your performance in classes.

You should make use of both forms of feedback to identify which areas you are doing well in, as well as which areas need improvement. Effective use of feedback will help you improve on your overall performance.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. use intermediate Chinese language vocabulary, phrases and grammar commonly found in everyday business interactions.
  2. communicate effectively in common business scenarios in areas where Mandarin is spoken.
  3. negotiate or persuade and influence others in work-related environments.
  4. show multicultural and global awareness and demonstrate the language skills to work in a cross-cultural environment.
Reading List

LI, X. (2009) New Silk Road Business Chinese. Beijing: Beijing University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Have a capacity to thrive in a globalised society and economy, and an awareness of other cultures.
Building and maintaining relationships.
Effectively adapting emotions, thoughts and behaviours to environments that may be unfamiliar, uncertain and/or diverse
KeywordsChinese language,business Chinese,intermediate Chinese
Course organiserDr Duo Luan
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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