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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Asian Studies

Undergraduate Course: Chinese 1 (ASST08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe course enables students to acquire a firm foundation in modern spoken (Mandarin) and written Chinese through interactive class work, tutorials and oral tutorial practice. Throughout the course, language learning is placed in the cultural context of the Chinese speaking world today.
Course description This course will introduce beginners or near-beginners to the skills necessary for basic competence in Mandarin Chinese.

In it, you will be introduced the four basic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, with particular emphasis on the parts of the Chinese language that non-native speakers tend to find challenging, such as Chinese characters. The main textbook will be New Practical Chinese Reader, volumes 1 and 2, but teachers will supplement this with their own material when required.

Native or near-native speakers of Chinese are not allowed on this course.

Students with substantial prior knowledge of Chinese should consult the Course Organiser, who may direct them to courses better suited to their abilities.
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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 87, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 235 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 25 %, Coursework 75 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous Assessment
- Regular Written Exercises (30%)
- End of Semester Written Assessment (semester 1) (15%)
- Short Oral Presentation (semester 1) (10%)
- Semester 2 Oral Test (20%)

Centrally Organised Exam (25%)
- End of Year Exam (25%)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise at least 350 Chinese characters, and read and understand simple texts in Chinese.
  2. recognise both the traditional and simplified forms of the Chinese writing system, and the pinyin phonetic alphabet.
  3. Write a short passage in Chinese characters.
  4. Make a short spoken presentation in Chinese, and answer simple questions.
  5. Use basic grammatical structures necessary to communicate in Chinese.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 4 one-hour lectures, 2 one-hour oral tutorials, 1 one-hour character writing tutorial.
KeywordsAS Chinese 1
Course organiserMs Esther Tyldesley
Tel: (0131 6)50 4225
Course secretaryMr Iain Harrison
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