• Class Number 7158
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Yanyin Zhang
    • Dr Yanyin Zhang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This is an advanced Standard Modern Chinese language course, designed for students who have successfully completed Advanced Modern Chinese A , or have achieved the equivalence approved to enroll by placement test.
The course places special emphasis on reading comprehension of texts on issues concerning contemporary China. It will be taught mainly in Chinese. It relies heavily on students' self-study and pre-class preparation. Students will be required to give oral presentations in Chinese, engage in real-issue debates and conduct real time interviews as part of the course assessment. They will also write a research-based essay in Chinese by utilizing primary sources on an approved self-chosen topic. The lectures will focus on facilitating students' learning and oral development. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced language skills in reading, writing, literary analysis and debate in Chinese and an understanding of some of the features of modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture.
  2. Communicate confidently in writing and speaking, and in groups, on topics drawn from a variety of reading materials from representative works of Chinese literature and culture.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate listening, speech-making and presentation skills, to present academic arguments fluently and clearly.
  4. Demonstrate information gathering skills and the ability to compose academic essays on Chinese literature.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Introduction to the course China today -- Study at school All reading texts will be available on Wattle Weekly class tests start Reading reflection to be submitted on Monday Week 2
2 Weeks 2: China today -- The life of young people
3 Week 3. China today -- Nation building
4 Week 4. China today -- A legal case
5 Week 5. China -- Zhi1qing1: Young people in the Cultural Revolution
6 Week 6. Current affairs -- Kim-Trump meeting (2019)
7 Mid-term Break
8 Week 7: Project proposal presentation Attendance compulsory
9 Week 8: Meetings with lecturer Attendance compulsory
10 Week 9: Meetings with lecturer Attendance compulsory
11 Week 10: Normal class -- project discussion, etc Attendance compulsory
13 Week 12: Project presentation & poster session Attendance compulsory

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Weekly In-class tests 18 % 24/07/2019 25/10/2019 1,2
Weekly reading reflections 22 % 29/07/2019 25/10/2019 1,2,4
Research project. Step 1. Project proposal: written and presentation 10 % 18/09/2019 25/09/2019 1,2,4
Research project. Step 2. Poster and oral presentation 20 % 23/10/2019 28/10/2019 2,3
Research project. Step 3. Research project paper 20 % 25/10/2019 01/11/2019 1,2,4
Participation 10 % 24/07/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


  1. Class participation: completion of the readings, preparation and contribution for discussion.
  2. Meetings with lecturer: Extent of preparation, contribution and engagement. Each group meets with the lecturer individually to a) discuss the articles selected by the group for the project and clarify language and comprehension problems; b) discuss the project and its progress.
  3. Before the meeting and by 12 noon on Monday, each group should upload 1-2 project-related reading(s), i.e., Chinese language articles, on Wattle. These will be discussed in the meeting. Students should have read the uploaded articles prior to the meeting.
  4. During the meeting, students will give a summary of the article(s). The lecturer will answer questions, clarify language points, help with comprehension, and discuss the progress of the project. Participation in group meetings is obligatory.
  5. Group work: Initiative, cooperation and contribution throughout the research project.
  6. Late arrival and early departure count during classes and group meetings as absence. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 18 %
Due Date: 24/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Weekly In-class tests

10-15 minutes at the beginning of the lecture. In week 1, it will be at the end of the seminar. There will be no make-up tests.

The test will cover vocabulary, expressions and understanding of the readings studied the previous week as well as the readings to be studied during the week.

Feedback will be given within a week.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 22 %
Due Date: 29/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Weekly reading reflections

Handwritten in Chinese on the reading of the week. Length: 2 pages (min.), to be uploaded on Wattle on Monday. Feedback will be given within a week.


Depth of understandingThoughtful and balanced viewsLanguage qualityHandwriting

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 18/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Research project. Step 1. Project proposal: written and presentation

  • The project is aimed to further develop reading and writing skills in Chinese, as well as enhancing a critical and balanced view and nuanced analytical skills.
  • Students may choose to form groups (2 students per group), but it is not compulsory.
  • The research proposal should be around 2 pages (max.), typed and excluding references. Present it in class and hand it in after the presentation. Feedback will be given in week 8.
  • If the project is carried out in a group, the assessment will be at the group level unless there is apparent imbalance of contribution and quality in presentation.


Clear organization and proposal developmentClear expressionLanguage quality (written mode and formal diction)FluencyProper references and referencing format

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 23/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

Research project. Step 2. Poster and oral presentation

The poster: A summary of the research being conducted, including the results.

The poster is assessed at the group level, and the presentation is assessed at the individual level.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Research project. Step 3. Research project paper

This is an individual work; each student is to write up the research paper on his/her own.

Length: 4-5 pages max. (typed) in Chinese, excluding references. Run it through Turnitin before submission. Format: Times New Roman 12, default margin, double spacing, APA referencing style.

NOTE: A self-assessment must be handed in with the research paper. The self-assessment should outline in detail your contribution and the contribution of your team members at each stage of the project. You may raise issues and concerns. Deduction of marks will be made if there is no self-assessment.

Guidelines and requirements will be provided.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 24/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


See below.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Yanyin Zhang
02 6125 3143

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