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Course ID: CHI101
Title: Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) I
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 5.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10653

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 8/25/2014

Weeks: 14

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Jue Wang

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need a computer microphone or headset to record oral assignments online.

You can purchase access to the language lab online or in-person:

For online orders, visit the Rio Salado College Bookstore.

  • Select the term and department, which is the prefix for the language class you are taking.
  • Then, select your course, section number, and click Submit.
  • DO NOT use the search box on the bookstore site, as it won’t allow you to select your course and section number.

Visit our bookstore in-person at:
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe AZ 85281

You will only have access to one course level at a time, so you need to purchase access for each language course you take.

There are no hardcopy textbooks for this course.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Introduction to the basic grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary of the Mandarin Chinese language. Includes the study of Chinese culture, practice of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
Official Course Prerequisites
Official Course Competencies
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of the Chinese pronunciation system known as pinyin and the basic elements of the Chinese logographic writing system, including the concept of radicals and the role of stroke order, using digital input in addition to the traditional handwritten approach.
  2. Demonstrate reading and writing competence using pinyin, required radicals, and other learning tools to acquire new vocabulary for composing sentences and short paragraphs to deliver instructions, commands, feelings, opinions, suggestions and agreements/disagreements.
  3. Demonstrate oral and auditory competence when conducting simple conversations using positive, negative and question sentences that contain time and location phrases, adverbs/adjectives, and specific measure words to deliver instructions, commands, feelings, opinions, suggestions, agreements and disagreements.
  4. Demonstrate cultural competence by identifying some basic Chinese cultural aspects such as honorific pronoun, courtesy expressions, name order, kinship terms, and respect for seniority.

Course Requirements

You must submit all of the required course assessments that are listed in your online gradebook to be eligible for a passing grade. Check the link on your Course Homepage for due dates.

Remember that this is a five credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least five hours on course content and at least ten hours on homework for a total of at least fifteen hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure
There are 1000 possible points for this course:
Assignments Points
Syllabus Quiz 10
Pre-Test 20
2 Online Assignments @ 10 points each 20
8 Learning Summaries @ 10 points each 80
6 Online Oral Assessments 65
2 Quizzes 95
Writing Assessment 40
At-Home Midterm Written Exam 190
At-Home Midterm Oral Exam 60
Post-Test 20
At-Home Final Written Exam 250
At-Home Final Oral Exam 150
Total Points 1000

Grading Scale

To pass this course, your score on the final written exam must be at least 60%. In addition, the final course grade will be determined by the following scale:

Grade Points
A (90% - 100%) 900 - 1000
B (80% - 89%) 800 - 899
C (70% - 79%) 700 - 799
D (60% - 69%) 600 - 699
F ( 0% - 59%) 0 - 599
The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points that are possible. It is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade that is higher than the grade that you have earned by your total points.


The course calendar lists specific dates for your exam(s). This course includes an At-Home Midterm Exam as well as an At-Home Final Exam, both of which are completed on your own computer and submitted online.


  1. You must complete all exam(s) by the dates that are specified on the course calendar. If you test late, then your instructor may lower your grade or assign you an "F" in the course unless you have made arrangements with him/her for an extension.
  2. You may take your final exam early, if you have completed the assignments ahead of schedule and you have your instructor's permission to do so.
  3. The written final exam is timed. DO NOT click on the final exam links on the course section homepage or in the last lesson until you are ready to begin the exam.
  4. The exam will ask for a password, which you will find in your RioLearn online gradebook once you have completed your Post-Test. Click on the Post Test - Part 1 link on the left side of your gradebook and scroll to the bottom of the feedback page to access the password.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. See detailed information about the (P/Z) option here.

Extra Credit

There are no extra-credit assignments for this class. The scheduled assignments and exams are sufficient to test your understanding of the materials presented in the course.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via RioLearn prior to the due date. You can request a due date change using the “Modify Due Dates” feature from the “Due Dates” tab in the Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Submitting Assignments

Graded assessments will be submitted online via the link that is found at the end of each lesson. Complete the assignments in order. Do not skip ahead to future lessons without successfully completing the assessments from the previous lessons.

The assessments are to be submitted only once. Resubmissions without prior instructor approval may result in a grade of zero for the assignment.

Note: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

If you have a documented disability, including a learning disability, and would like to discuss possible accommodations, please contact the Rio Salado Disabilities Resources and Services Office at (480) 517-8562 or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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