Module LZC-3031:
3 Lang Project (2 maj/1 minor)

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Shasha Wang

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an extended piece of work during their semester in China. The project enables students to develop in-depth knowledge of a specific element of Chinese life, literature or culture while also enhancing their written and spoken level of Chinese language. The chosen subject area should be something that is not already a specific component of the syllabus, thereby encouraging students to develop independent study and research skills.

Course content

Provided it meets with the approval of the relevant members of staff in Modern Languages, the chosen subject for the essay or the presentation may concern any aspect of Chinese life, literature, history or culture. The chosen subject area should not be something that is already a specific component of the syllabus. The essay or presentation will be in the target language.

Assessment Criteria


70+%: Detailed comprehension of the chosen topic; extensive display of independent research skills and excellent knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.


40-49%: Satisfactory comprehension of the chosen topic; limited display of independent research skills and limited knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.


50-69%: Solid comprehension of the chosen topic; adequate display of independent research skills and good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

Learning outcomes

  1. Display the ability to conduct research independently and show initiative in problem solving.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to gather information and condense it in a clear and coherent argument in the target language, orally or in writing.

  3. Display familiarity with citation and referencing techniques (including compiling a bibliography).

  4. Display competency in Chinese language and grammar.

  5. Display solid evidence of original analytical thinking.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
DISSERTATION Language 47.5
WRITTEN PLAN Dissertation Skills 5

Teaching and Learning Strategy

  1. Lecture (1 hour, introduction to project)
  2. Tutorial sessions (8× ½ hour sessions)
Private study 95

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in sophisticated written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to translate sophisticated passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novel) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Further develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to read, understand and summarise more sophisticated written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)


Resource implications for students


Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module