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 the Pinyin Romanisation system, students will be introduced to Chinese character writing, greetings and introductions, expressions of family relations, nationalities, places, objects, locations and directions. By studying this unit, students will build a solid foundation in the use of Mandarin, i.e. Modern Standard Chinese. Increasing emphasis is placed on reading and writing as the unit progresses, alongside introductions to 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 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 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.
This unit aims to provide you with the reading, research and writing skills necessary to the appreciation and analysis of literature from a diversity of cultures in the twentieth century. It builds on the interpretive frameworks that are studied in the Introduction to Literary Studies unit and encourages you to apply them to the texts. The twentieth century was a time of significant developments and major transformations in writing and culture. Such transformations have continued into the present century. This unit focuses on a number of twentieth and twenty-first century writers from Europe, England, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, from modern to postmodern times, and explores the connections between texts, language, culture and society. The unit allows you to consider the social contexts in which texts are written, produced, interpreted and received, and how they are influenced by and in turn influence their respective cultures.
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.
The unit addresses the important cultural, social and political movements of nineteenth century Britain by way of a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts. In so doing, it is hoped that you will gain an appreciation of important changes in the nineteenth-century in order to further your understanding of contemporary literary and cultural forms. The unit draws on works from science fiction, fantasy and realist modes as a way of examining political and social change in Europe between 1790 and 1900. The novels and poems examine political and social change with a view to making critical links between current ideologies and literary forms and their formulation in a nineteenth century text. As such, works ranging from Frankenstein to Alice in Wonderland are deployed to consider the textual representations of important cultural, social, and sexual issues.
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.
Students need to expand their working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and to further develop their macro-skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing after completing their first year elementary Mandarin units. This unit will provide learning activities to consolidate students' knowledge and command of the Mandarin Pinyin/Romanization system and at the same time more attention will be given to increasing students' competence in reading and writing Chinese characters. With progressive acquisition of the Chinese language, students will be further exposed to aspects and characteristics of Chinese culture.
This unit follows on from Mandarin 3. It will continue to meet student need to expand their working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and to further their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the language. It will continue engaging students in activities to consolidate their knowledge and command of the Mandarin Pinyin/Romanization system and in activities to increase their competence in reading and writing Chinese characters as well as in speaking and understanding conversations and simple speech in everyday situations . With acquisition of the Chinese language, students will be further exposed to aspects 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 documents and high-level communications in both languages. The unit teaches basic translation theories and helps students 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, helping 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 will help students expand their skills into conducting translation work in business and, in particular, in the areas of accounting, banking and international business.
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 theories and helps students develop aural and written skills in dialogue interpreting, sight interpreting and consecutive interpreting through a large amount of varied interpreting practice in authentic situations such as exhibitions and fairs, business negotiations, overseas visit, interviews, health service, reception services, tours and visits and catering culture. 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.
This advanced unit builds on skills and knowledge of translation theories gained in AMB045 and AMB046 and is for students who have a strong interest in further developing their ability to comprehend and translate more complex texts related to personal finance management and other work situations. A wide range of authentic materials will be used in the translation practice, covering such topics as business news, taxation, equity/stock market, foreign currency exchanges, personal insurance and social securities (related mainly to Australian and Chinese contexts) which will further students' competitiveness in government and financial services employment markets. Students in the unit will also further develop their understanding of cross-cultural differences in the topics areas covered, in addition to gaining practical insight into the different business cultures in the use in the two languages.
This advanced unit complements AMB049, consolidating and extending students' knowledge gained in AMB045 and AMB046 to help students further develop their translation skills in business situations in both China and the English-speaking world. Students will apply learned skills to a wide range of authentic materials covering topics such as property economics, loans and mortgages, superannuation and pensions, asset allocation, estate planning (related mainly to Australian and Chinese contexts) and idioms used in business texts. Students in the unit will develop a high level of cross-cultural awareness – essential for performing professional translation tasks in government and companies providing financial services to the general public.