Languages

Short courses and professional development

Course Description
Modern Chinese Language Courses The Confucius Institute at QUT is focused exclusively on Chinese language teaching and promotion of Chinese culture.
New Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) This test is designed for non-native Chinese speakers who are learning Chinese language and wish to seek opportunity to work, study or live in China.
New Youth Chinese Test (YCT) YCT an internationally standard, comprehensive and authoritative test system, designed for primary and secondary students who are non-native Chinese speakers.

Single-unit study

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.

Unit Synopsis
AMB031 Mandarin 1 This unit introduces students who have little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin to the four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through an integrated communicative approach to teaching. Content will include: the Mandarin sound and tonal systems; the Pinyin Romanisation system; introduction to Chinese character writing,…
KWB108 Introduction to Literary Studies "The 'textualisation' of the world has been an important development in twentieth century theory in the West," (Fuery:57). What are texts? What do they mean? This 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.
KWB109 Writing Australia This unit provides you with opportunities to read, explore, discuss and evaluate a number of Australian texts written and published over the last twenty-five years. Upon completing this unit, you are able to understand and critically interrogate texts pertinent to contemporary Australian society and culture.…
KWB112 Youth and Children's Writing This unit includes children's and adolescent novels within the cultural context of nineteenth and twentieth century Australia, England and America. It focuses on textual analysis of major generic types and considers issues such as race, gender, class and regionalism in fiction for young Australians.…
KWB207 Great Books: Creative Writing Classics This unit provides an overview of the enduring classic literary works. It will give you a better knowledge and understanding of the craft of storytelling and stimulate you to develop your own critical and creative writing as well as an understanding of yourself and others. The unit aims to make…
KWB208 Modern Times (Literature and Culture in the 20th Century) The twentieth century is a time of significant developments and major transformations in writing and culture. This unit focuses on a number of twentieth century writers from Europe, England, Africa, Asia, Australia the Americas, from modern to postmodern times, and explores the connections between texts, language, culture and society.…
KWB209 Shakespeare, Then and Now This unit is designed to introduce students to Shakespearean studies and the ongoing cultural importance of Shakespearean material.…
KWB210 Imagining the Americas: Contemporary American Literature and Culture Imagining Americas is a literature-based unit which will explore a selection of contemporary written texts from the North and South American continents. The unit will focus on issues of place, nationality, regional and ethnic identity and will encourage an examination of these and the variety of writing styles from intercultural…
KWB308 Wonderlands: Literature and Culture in the 19th Century This unit considers important contemporary cultural and social questions by way of readings in science fiction, fantasy fiction and fiction, class ideologies and revolutionary politics from a selection of novels and poetry of the nineteenth century. The novels and poems examine political and social change in Europe between 1790 and…

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.

Unit Synopsis
AMB032 Mandarin 2 This subject continues to develop the four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through an integrated communicative approach. While there is further consolidation of the knowledge of the Pinyin Romanisation system, greater attention is devoted to the reading and writing of characters. With acquisition of language, students receive…
AMB033 Mandarin 3 This unit is designed to meet student needs to further develop their basic knowledge and skills for understanding, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese in a wide range of everyday situations. Eligible students are those who have: successfully completed introductory Mandarin units HHB031/AMB031 and HHB032/AMB032 at QUT, and those who…
AMB034 Mandarin 4 This unit follows on from AMB033. Students further develop their knowledge and skills needed to understand, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese in a wide range of everyday situations and to give presentations on given topics. Resources include textbook, workbook, CDs, DVDs and online multimedia materials. Students learn about 400…
AMB045 Chinese - English Translation for Business Communication This unit is for students who have a good command of both Chinese language and English and who want to develop their translation and written communication skills applicable to business situations. The unit teaches basic translation theories and helps students develop their skills through a large amount of varied translation…
AMB046 Chinese - English Translation on Business Topics This unit is for students who have a good command of both Chinese language and English, who want to develop their translation and written communication skills applicable to business situations. The unit teaches basic translation theories and helps students develop their skills through a large amount of varied translation practice.…
AMB047 Chinese - English Liaison Interpreting This unit is designed mainly for native speakers of Chinese who study any discipline at QUT and who are interested in developing their interpreting skills applicable to various cross-language and cross-culture oral communication situations. Non-native speakers of Chinese who have acquired native or near-native competence in Chinese language can apply…
AMB048 Chinese - English Speech Interpreting This unit is designed mainly for native speakers of Chinese who study in any discipline at QUT and who are interested in developing their interpreting skills applicable to various cross-language and cross-culture oral communication situations. Non-native speakers of Chinese who have acquired native- or near-native competence in Chinese language can…