Training Objectives and Standards

This course is designed to foster students' all-round development in ethics, intellect, physique and aesthetics and equip them with systematic knowledge and theories of Chinese language and literature, and with the skills required for positions relating to culture, propaganda, teaching, news media and administration in practical work in government departments, schools, institutions, enterprises and cultural units. Graduates will be people of fine character with very strong Chinese language and literature skills.

The course has the following requirements: students will understand the basic concepts, knowledge and theories of Chinese language and literature, possess strong Chinese writing and spoken communications skills, be able to analyze common Chinese and foreign literature works and literary phenomena, have strong reading skills in classical Chinese, possess a basic knowledge of Chinese literary history and be able to use varied approaches, including the Internet, to find appropriate sources. Students will also have strong practical skills and a general understanding of and interest in culture.

Curriculum and Teaching Management

  1. The course includes compulsory subjects, optional modules and practicals. The compulsory subjects offered by the OUC employ uniform syllabus, teaching materials, examinations and standards of marking. With the authorisation of the OUC, local universities will take on the teaching of some of the compulsory subjects according to OUC standards. Teaching process management is strengthened via centralised tutorial, inspection on teaching and examinations and the like.

  2. The optional modules are selected by local open universities or students in accordance with their own needs. It is up to the local universities to offer independent optional modules in line with training targets and local needs.

  3. To the modules with unified services provided, the OUC will give service support of teaching resources in providing syllabus, multi-media teaching materials, and examinations, and they are in charge of syllabus, teaching materials, management and examinations of the independent optional modules.

  4. Each compulsory subject will have a formative assessment. Those without formative assessment results are not permitted to take graduation examinations. 
  5. The final practical is organized and implemented by local open universities according to the Syllabus for Open Practicals in the Diploma Course of Chinese Language and Literature. The final practical consists of the "pre-graduation practical" (social investigation) and a "graduation thesis". The thesis should be completed on the basis of the pre-graduation practical. Three weeks are set aside for the pre-graduation practical (which counts for three credits), and five weeks are set aside for the thesis (which is worth five credits). The focus of the practical and the thesis is to foster students' ability to solve practical problems using what they have learned. Diversified topics are encouraged and the choice should conform to the teaching requirements of the course and embody the overall nature of the course.

Duration of Study and Graduation

The course uses a credit-based system. Credits received within 8 years of registration are valid. The minimum number of credits required for graduation is 76.

Graduates obtaining the required number of credits are awarded a nationally recognised diploma certificate of higher education.


Pre-graduation Practical

  1. The pre-graduation practical is one of the key components of the final practical for the diploma course of Chinese Language and Literature outlined in the OUC's pilot research project "Reform of the Professional Training Methods and Open Education". It must be taken after 80 percent of the main subjects in the Chinese Language and Literature are already completed. The practical carries three credits.
  2. The pre-graduation practical is designed to enhance the students' understanding of the situation of the country and the people, as well as society, politics, economics, cultural life and education practice; to cultivate and train the students' ability to understand and observe society; to foster their ability to analyze and solve problems with Chinese language and literature knowledge, and to form a good foundation for the writing of the graduation thesis. 
  3. The contents of the pre-graduation practical can be divided into the three types of language and literature, education and secretarial practice. Each pilot unit should give tailored practical guidance by combining the features of Chinese language and literature and the choice of topics for graduation theses. 
  4. The pre-graduation practical must be completed by all students. It can take the form of "themed discussion of literature (language and Chinese characters)", "simulation interview editing", "simulation teaching", "secretarial practice" or "social investigation". Each unit shall set up a simulation editing department, classroom and office in accordance with actual conditions or take other forms to set up fixed teaching practical bases to facilitate practicals for the students. 
  5. The assessment of the pre-graduation practical is based on the written materials provided by the students, totalling no less than 3000 words.
  6. The pre-graduation practical is marked either as a pass or a fail. 
  7. Corresponding credits should be given after the submitted written materials of the pre-graduation practical are evaluated as passed. Students who have not completed the pre-graduation practical, have failed to submit written materials for assessment or have been marked as having failed are given no credits. 
  8. Students who have taken part in the pre-graduation practical shall fill in the assessment form for the practical, clarify the basic situation of the practical and will receive feedback given by the organizing unit or accepted unit of practical activities. 
  9. The supervisor is in charge of giving assessment results to the written materials submitted for pre-graduation practical assessment, and the final check and appraisal are in the charge of each local open university. 
  10. Those who have failed in the first assessment of the pre-graduation practical are permitted to retake it.
  11. The regulations for the pre-graduation practical are formulated and implemented by each local open university in line with the syllabus.

Graduation Thesis

  1. The graduation thesis is one of the key components of the final practical for the diploma course of Chinese Language and Literature. It is an important method in training students' ability to analyze and solve problems with integrated specialized knowledge already learned and check the result of the students' study and their theoretical research level. The thesis carries 5 credits.

  2. The topic chosen for the graduation thesis must be within the course of Chinese Language and Literature and conform to its features. The choice of the topic should be integrated with literature, educational practice and the status quo of secretarial work in our country, and the focus should be on practical and topical issues. The students are encouraged to explore new problems emerging in social reform in China at present.

  3. The thesis should begin only after the completion of 80 percent of the major specialized subjects of Chinese Language and Literature, and the assessment work shall be finished after the completion of all the subjects.

  4. Each graduation thesis shall be at least 5000 words long.

  5. The graduation thesis takes the form of an academic dissertation. Open universities with the approval of the OUC's Faculty of Arts and Law can adopt other thesis forms, such as academic dissertation review, literary criticism, and appreciation of literary works. The thesis should demonstrate clear reasoning, solid materials, rational structure, orderly arrangement, smooth language and a standardized pattern.

  6. There are four standards of grading for the graduation thesis: excellent (over 85 marks), good (75-85 marks), pass (60-75 marks) and fail (under 60 marks). No credit will be given to those who have failed.

  7. Thesis supervisors shall possess high ideological awareness, a professional manner and strong writing ability. They shall have educational background at or above diploma level and be at least mid-ranking in professional terms.

  8. It is up to the thesis supervisors to give the students instructions in choosing topics, collecting materials, composing and correcting theses, preparing for thesis defense; to check the authenticity of graduation theses, to write comments on the finished thesis manuscripts and to give opinions on the grading.

  9. The marking of graduation theses shall ensure the authenticity of the students' theses and test the students' overall ability to analyze and solve problems using what they have learned.

  10. All graduation theses shall be assessed in written form. For the purpose of assessment, an assessment committee will be set up, and be divided into a number of discipline groups in line with the discipline types of the thesis topics. Each group is made up of members in odd numbers at or above three, with one group leader, who will take charge of the assessment and grading of the thesis. Assessment group leaders shall have professional titles at or above senior associate levels in Chinese language and literature, and the group members shall meet the qualifications of supervisors. Each thesis will be assessed independently by three individuals, and the assessment group will give the overall mark based on the first grading and the verified results. Written assessment of graduation theses will be in the charge of each local open university, and the executive regulations will be formulated by them as well.

  11. It is up to the local open universities to assess the results of graduation theses, and the OUC will make an inspection to ensure accuracy and fairness.