Training Objectives and Standards
Degree course (starting from the completion of the diploma course), two to three years for part-time study, shortest study period no less than two and a half years.
Standards: The aim of the course is to equip graduates with competency and ethics in the positions of culture, propaganda, teaching, administration and secretary related to Chinese language, within a framework of cultural vision and innovation.
The requirements for the course are: to understand and grasp the basic principles of language and literature within the frame of Marxism; to have a solid command of Chinese language and literature and its related disciplines; to understand academic and development potential; to be capable of analysing and judging Chinese literature and writing; to be able to read and retrieve ancient literature; to have strong practical and research skills.
The course comprises 7 modules: foundation, specialised foundation, specialised subject, generalised subject, specialised extension subject, conversion and practical.
In addition to the straight degree, the course has two specialisations: teacher training and secretarial.
The minimum number of credits is 18, with 11 coming from the exam set by the OUC.
- Compulsory Subjects: Admissions Guide for Open Education, Basic Computing (straight degree), English Ⅱ(1) and EnglishⅡ(2).
- Optional Modules: Thesis Writing Guide, English Ⅲ(1), English Ⅲ(2) and Foreign Language for Degree Application (straight degree).
Specialised Foundation Subjects
The minimum number of credits is 26, with 18 for secretarial and 14 for straight degree and teacher training from the exam set by the OUC.
- Compulsory Subjects:
For Teaching Training: Chinese Literature: Modern Chinese, Ancient Chinese, Contemporary Chinese Literature, Modern Chinese Literature.
For Secretarial: Art of Verbal Communication, Modern Chinese, Contemporary Chinese Literature, Secretarial Theory and Practice, Overview of Chinese Culture.
- Optional Modules:
For Chinese Literature and Language: Verbal Communication, Overview of Chinese Culture, Overview of Western Culture.
For Teacher Training: Verbal Communication, Pedagogy, Psychology, Overview of Chinese Culture, Overview of Western Culture.
For Secretarial: Overview of Western Culture, Modern Chinese Literature, Foreign Literature.
The minimum number of credits is 40, with 17 for secretarial and 22 for the straight degree and teacher training from the exam set by the OUC.
- Compulsory Subjects
For Chinese Language and Literature: Ancient Poetry and Prose, Ancient Novels and Operas, Foreign Literature, Chinese Thesis, Literary Theory.
For Teacher Training: Literary Theory, Ancient Poetry and Prose, Ancient Novels and Operas, Middle School Chinese Teaching and Research, Foreign Literature.
For Secretarial: Writing, Information Processing and Archives Management, Interpersonal Communication, Project Management.
- Optional Subjects
For Chinese Language and Literature: Aesthetics, Art Appreciation (straight degree ), Film and Television Critique, Introduction to Comparative Literature, Selected Readings of Western Literary Theory, Oriental Literary Masterpieces, Ancient Chinese Culture, Guide to Reading Major Classics of Ancient Chinese Culture, Examining Philosophers’ Prose, Folk Literature, Introduction to Linguistics, Chinese Rhetoric, Grammar, Exegesis, and Modern Chinese Characters.
For Teacher Training: Chinese Subject Thesis, Literary Theory, Brief History of Education, Principles of Modern Education, Educational Sociology, Comparative Primary Education, Curriculum and Teaching Theory, Teaching Design, Classroom Management, Introduction to Teachers’ Etiquette, Guide to Reading Major Classics of Ancient Chinese Culture, Introduction to Linguistics, Modern Chinese Characters, Chinese Rhetoric, Grammar, Oriental Literary Masterpieces, Selected Readings of Western Literary Theory, Introduction to Comparative Literature, Art Appreciation (straight degree ), Film and Television Critique.
For Secretarial: Special Lecture on Secretarial Certificate, Customer Service, Office Cooperation, Document Design, Public Etiquette, Secretarial Communication Skills, Physical Training, Marketing, Market Research, Basic Business English(1)(2). (The Special Lecture on Secretarial Certificate is a certified course, requiring course study to pass the examination given by relevant organisations.)
All modules are optional and the minimum credits required are 15 credits.
Specialised Extension Subjects
All modules are optional and the minimum credits required are 3 credits.
- For Chinese Language and Literature: Symphonic Music Appreciation, Recent and Modern History of China, Children's Literature, Public Speaking and Eloquence, Communication and Advertising, Media and Information Technology, Social Psychology, Basic Law, Basic Calligraphy, Putonghua Proficiency Test, Special Lecture on Secretarial Certificate.
- For Teacher Training: Symphonic Music Appreciation, Recent and Modern History of China, Children's Literature, Public Speaking and Eloquence, Communication and Advertising, Media and Information Technology, Social Psychology, Basic Law, Basic Calligraphy, Putonghua Proficiency Test, Special Lecture on Secretarial Certificate.
- For Secretarial: Basic Callligraphy, Introduction to the Secretarial Advisory Function, Communication and Advertising, Putonghua Proficiency Test, Chinese Shorthand, Media and Information Technology, Social Psychology, Introduction to Statistical Laws and Regulations, Legal Documents, Basic Law, Integrated Modern Management, E-commerce, Introduction to Administrative Management, Introduction to Administrative Behaviour, Legal Lecture on WTO, Career Planning, Quality Education, Film and Television Critique, Symphonic Music Appreciation, Ancient Chinese Culture.
Conversion Modules are compulsory for those enrolled in the degree course (starting from the completion of diploma course) who didn't study the same course at diploma level. Exams are organised by provincial open universities and are included in the total credits for graduation.
Conversion modules for both specialisations are: Basic Chinese, Basic Chinese Literature, Basic Foreign Literature, with the total credits amounting to 12.
The practical, including work experience and the thesis, is a compulsory subject carrying 8 credits. The local open universities are responsible for the implementation of practicals based on the OUC syllabus. The practical cannot be exempted.
Exams for compulsory subjects are uniformly given by the OUC, and exams for optional modules are either given by the OUC or the provincial open universities.
Results of the practicals are included in the study performance of the subject, and those who have not completed their practical will not get credits for this module.
Similar subjects are not to be studied concurrently. If so, only the credits for one are counted.
Each subject timetable for each term is decided according to the development of subject knowledge. It's for the students' reference in choosing the subjects, as well as the basis for the teaching support offered by the OUC in each term.
Requirements for Graduation
The minimum credits required for each specialisations are:
- Foundation Subjects: 11credits
- Specialised Foundation Subjects:
For Chinese Language and Literature (including the Teacher Training):18 credits; for Secretarial:32 credits
- Specialised Subjects
For Chinese Language and Literature: 25 credits; for Teacher Training: 24 credits; for Secretarial: 20 credits
- Generalised Subjects: 2 credits
- Specialised Extension Subjects: 3 credits
- Practicals: 8 credits
- Conversion Modules: 12 credits
The minimum credits required for graduation are 79, with 67 credits coming from the modules. Students taking conversion modules need 67+12 credits. The minimum credits required from the exam set by the OUC are 47 for Chinese Language and Literature and 46 for each of teacher training and secretarial.
There are three subjects that are compulsory for all students enrolled in the Chinese Language and Literature degree course.
- Straight degree and Teacher Training: Modern Chinese, Contemporary Chinese Literature, Ancient Poetry and Prose.
- Secratrial: Modern Chinese, Contemporary Chinese Literature, Writing.
Awarding of the degree: Successful graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree certificate of HEI by Wuhan University. These students must fulfill the following requirements: (Ⅰ) have obtained the stipulated credits, completed all study processes and acquired the degree qualification; (Ⅱ) have scored 70 or above in each exam, and 60 or above in each subject; (Ⅲ) Have passed the English for Adult Degree Exam in Beijing.
Teaching Method and Media
- Design Principle: to adapt to the requirements of the OUC’s Reform of the Professional Training Model and Open Education development; to make full use of technology and various functions of modern distance education; to effect the transition from closed to open education and the transition from teacher-centered teaching to student-centered learning.
- With the guidance of the teachers, the students of this major complete their study and meet the training objectives and requirements through the main media of printed materials, audio-visual materials, IP courseware and CAI courseware, with printed materials being the primary medium. Face-to-face tutorials, correspondence tutorial, online teaching, BBS, e-mail, VBI, telephone and two-way video conferencing, and televised teaching are also used to support students.
Teaching Quality Assurance System
The pilot units are responsible for employing and improving the teaching staff within their regions. Each subject has full-time course leaders and full-time or part-time lead teachers that meet the following qualifications:
All course leaders have an undergraduate degree or above in Chinese linguistic literature; are active in the teaching and teaching management of Chinese linguistic literature ; are able to teach online; and are fully conversant with the characteristics of teaching in open universities.
Lead Teachers (chief editors of teaching materials)
Lead teachers have an undergraduate degree or above in Chinese linguistic literature as well as senior professional titles; are active in the teaching and academic research of Chinese language; have rich teaching experience and strong oral and written communication skills. In addition, they all speak fluent Mandarin (putonghua) with clear pronunciation.
Full-time tutors have at least an undergraduate degree, while part-time tutors not only have at least an undergraduate degree, but also have professional titles in Chinese linguistic literature at or above mid-range level and a certain level of academic theoretical level. In addition, they are engaged in teaching, research or Chinese language practice in open universities or conventional institutions of higher education, professional research institutes, or real sectors .
The teaching media for compulsory subjects and optional modules falls under the jurisdiction of the OUC, while for the pilot optional modules, it falls to the provincial open universities or is chosen from the optional modules provided by the OUC.
Those involved in compiling the teaching media are all appropriately qualified.
- The syllabus, teaching proposals and samples of teaching materials for independently established optional modules are all submitted to the OUC for evaluation and approval before teaching commences. Outstanding ones are recommended for use in the OU system.
All teaching staff and tutors of the pilot units receive thorough training. The OUC is responsible for giving training to teachers of the compulsory subjects, while the pilot units are responsible for training those in their regions.
Training is determined by the actual situation and can involve meetings, classes, online initiatives, two-way video conferencing, or training materials. Instructor training includes teaching requirements, explaining the main points and difficulties of the course, usage of various media equipment, and how to motivate students to learn on their own.
At the beginning of the course, students sit an entrance test on Chinese language, advertising, art and design. Pilot units give students guidance on the course contents, subjects offered, study plan and study methods. Each subject has an induction including overall design, teaching requirements, study methods and materials.
Centralised tutorials are given on problematic areas in compulsory subjects through live classes, two-way video conferencing, online teaching resources and correspondence. Each subject has approximately two tutorials per term.
Centres for Experimental Teaching
The OUC selects pilot areas to carry out experimental teaching and learning activities, test the practical effect of various teaching media, explore the reform in teaching and learning models, and improve learner support. The establishment of these centres is decided by the OUC after inspection visits.
Formative Assessment (regular assignments)
At least four formative assessments (regular assignments) are given in each subject. The OUC has a uniform process for the formative assessment of compulsory subjects . The pilot units are responsible for the formative assessments of other non-compulsory subjects and having them checked and marked. The formative assessments (regular assignments) are mainly given through internet (especially for those students who attend exams online) or correspondence channels.
The format of formative assessments is governed by the subject contents . They take the form of book report, discussion, comprehensive test, or mock exam . The assessments are marked out of 100. Those who have not finished their assignment receive 0. The assessment counts as 20% of the course's total mark.
- Subject Assessment
Each subject is marked on the formative assessment (regular assignments) and exam on completion of that subject. Students fail the assessment or with no regular assignments mark cannot take the exam.
The teachers who set the paper for the examination should obtain a relatively high level of professional achievements in the course and rich teaching experience, and possess medium grade and above professional titles. The final exams of the subjects last for 90 minutes, 120 minutes or 150 minutes.
- Teaching and Exam Inspection
The OUC is responsible for inspecting the teaching and exams of each pilot unit, checking formative assessments and practical teaching arrangements, as well as feedback on teaching information.
Problems surrounding diploma-to-degree conversion
Students graduating from non- Chinese linguistic literature courses at or above diploma level wishing to take the Chinese linguistic literature degree course must do a conversion for the compulsory subjects. They are Foundation of Chinese Language, Foundation of Chinese Literature, and Foundation of Foreign Literature. The OUC provides subject description, syllabus, recommended teaching materials and assessment requirements to support students’ autonomous study. All pilot units also offer the conversion subjects as per OUC regulations.
- The final practical is obligatory for all Chinese linguistic literature degree students.
- The OUC is responsible for formulating the uniform basic requirements for the final practical, while the local open universities are responsible for implementing them based on the requirements of the syllabus.
- Those successfully completing the final practical get the corresponding credits. It cannot be omitted and those without it are not permitted to graduate.
- The final practical is generally scheduled for after students obtain most of the obligatory subject credits.
- The final practicals consist of the subject practical and the graduation thesis.
The format of subject practicals can be decided on according to the actual situation on the ground. It can be done in the form of social investigation, internship, and simulation teaching, among others.
The basic requirements of the graduation thesis are formulated uniformly by the OUC and carried out by each pilot unit, with the OUC making inspections and giving instruction. The thesis is written after students obtain all the compulsory subject credits .