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.
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.