You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.
If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.
Units anyone can study
These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.
But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.
In this introductory language unit designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Mandarin, students will gain skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin in an integrated communicative environment. From the foundations of the Mandarin sound and tonal systems and Pinyin (Romanized Chinese phonetic spelling system), students will be taught the skills in writing Chinese characters and in performing basic language functions such as greetings, introducing oneself and others, talking about one's family relations, and describing places, objects, and locations. Chinese word processing will be taught as well so that students can access and use online Chinese learning resources. By studying this unit, students will not only build a solid foundation in the use of Mandarin (i.e. Modern Standard Chinese), but also get exposed to certain aspects of Chinese culture. This unit leads on to further studies and is the beginning of developing competency in Mandarin.
This unit aims to give you the 'tools' and knowledge to critically analyse and creatively appreciate a range of texts so that you are able to enter into academic or popular discourse with an understanding of important critical concepts. It provides an introduction to key concepts in literary studies. The theories relate to ideas and terminology that you will be expected to become familiar with throughout the course of your study. You are introduced to concepts that form the basis of discussions in a range of academic discourses so that you can engage analytically with texts and their contexts. 'The 'textualisation' of the world has been an important development in twentieth century theory in the West: What are texts' What do they mean' The unit addresses these issues by providing you with an introduction to conceptual frameworks derived from some of the major critical discourses that have impacted on our world.
This unit is designed to provide you with skills in understanding popular culture/s. It addresses the production of popular culture via a range of texts and mediums and provides you with a framework to critique the operations of popular cultures. Given the increasing discussion of the importance of popular culture in contemporary society, the unit addresses the sites of such discussions and the changing status of popular culture. The unit provides you with an understanding of the notion of ‘popular culture’ and an opportunity to consider a range of cultural productions that have engaged with this term. You will consider a range of popular culture theories and a number of texts in relation to those ideas and will gain an understanding of the position of popular culture within cultural studies discourse.
This unit aims to improve your analytical and creative, oral and written communication skills. It is important for you to understand how Australian identity has been written, rewritten and remains contested by engaging with and evaluating a range of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australian writings. This unit provides you with opportunities to read, explore, discuss and evaluate a number of classic and contemporary Australian texts. Upon completing this unit you can understand and critically interrogate texts pertinent to contemporary Australian society and culture.
The unit aims to provide you with an introduction to Shakespeare's plays and to acquaint you with the burgeoning Shakespeare industry: that is, the myriad appropriations of Shakespearean works that are markers of social, political or cultural change and have become, themselves, the subject of critical inquiry. A knowledge of Shakespeare's plays and the contemporary Shakespearean 'industry' is important to a range of disciplines including Education, Media/Communication, Drama/Theatre Studies and Creative Writing. The study of Shakespearean works also assists in the development of general literary and critical skills.
Units you need background knowledge to study
These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.
If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.
This subject continues to help students develop the four macro-skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through an integrated communicative approach. While there is still further consolidation of the knowledge of the Chinese phonetic spelling system (i.e. Pinyin), greater attention is to be devoted to the speech of everyday conversations and to the the reading and writing of Chinese characters. With progressive acquisition of the Chinese language, students will receive further exposure to aspects and characteristics of Chinese culture.
This language unit is suitable for students with native or near-native competencies in both Chinese and English and who have an interest or need to work with business-related documents and high-level written communications in both languages. The unit teaches basic translation theories and helps students to develop their skills through a large amount of varied translation practice using real world materials including general business correspondence and sample texts in areas of advertising and marketing. In addition to the translation practice, students are introduced to business Chinese and English, which will help them to improve their skills in writing business documents. The knowledge and skills gained through this unit will provide a competitive edge for students who aspire to work in international business and trade companies requiring people with skills in translating business documents between Chinese and English. Admission may require an interview.
Business communication between the English-speaking world and China has been increasing rapidly and on an extensive scale. Success of many business deals and transactions depends on truthful and effective translation of business documents between the two languages.This unit is suitable for students with native or near native competencies in both Chinese and English, and who have an interest or need to work with business-related documents and high-level written communications in both languages. The unit teaches and expands students' strategies and skills in conducting translation tasks in business and, in particular, in the areas of accounting, banking, business contracts and international business through a large amount of varied translation practice using real world materials. In addition to the translation practice, students learn business Chinese and English language features, which helps them to improve their skills in writing business documents.
This language unit is designed for native or near-native Chinese speakers from any discipline with an interest in developing Chinese–English interpreting skills. The unit teaches basic interpreting knowledge and strategies, and helps students develop aural, note-taking and oral skills in dialogue interpreting, sight interpreting, and consecutive interpreting through a large amount of varied interpreting practice in authentic situations such as reception services, tours and visits, catering culture, exhibitions and fairs, business negotiations, overseas visits, interviews, sports and health services. The knowledge and skills the students acquire in this unit will position them to act as a communicative bridge, interpreting communications between the company or institution on one side and its Chinese or English-speaking clients on the other. Admission may require an interview.
Contact and communication between the English-speaking world and China have been increasing rapidly and on an extensive scale. Successful communication between language speakers of Chinese and English depends greatly on truthful and effective interpreting of conversations and speeches from one language to the other. It is designed for students who are interested to interpret formal and ceremonial speeches in situations where they may find themselves in their future work places.