BUS3200 - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Chung-Hsing Yeh


Caulfield : Chung-Hsing Yeh
Clayton : Chung-Hsing Yeh


This unit will cover a wide variety of techniques and computing systems developed for supporting business applications software systems in Chinese language. Specific topics include Chinese-enabling systems, Chinese character sets and encoding methods, Chinese character input methods, Chinese character output, and Chinese computing on the Internet. To enable students to understand the development of global software for all languages including Chinese, the principles and techniques for multilingual information processing, including universal character encoding methods will be discussed. The unit will be taught in English, but students need to have a good knowledge of written Chinese.


By completing this subject, students develop a sound basis for Chinese computing in the business environment; acquire skills that can easily be translated into using software systems in a multilingual computing environment; understand Chinese and universal character encoding methods for multilingual information processing; develop ability to understand leading edge information technology used for processing computer information in multinational business environments; and understand the techniques used to develop Chinese and global software systems for business applications.


You should have knowledge of information technology and familiarity with written Chinese (traditional or simplified form)

Unit relationships

BUS3200 is an elective unit.

Texts and software

Required text(s)

Yeh, C.-H., Chinese Language Information Technology, School of Business Systems, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, 2004.

Textbook availability

The required text can be downloaded from the unit website in the form of lecture notes.

Software requirements

NJStar Communicator

Software may be:

  • downloaded from www.bsys.monash.edu.au/subjects/wbus3200/

Hardware requirements

Students studying off-campus are required to have the system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

  • Huang, Jack K.T. and T.D. Huang, An Introduction to Chinese, Japanese and Korean Computing, World Scientific Publishing, 1989.
  • Lunde, Ken, CJKV Information Processing, O'Reilly & Associates, 1999.
  • The Unicode Consortium, The Unicode Standard Version 3.0, Addison-Wesley, 2000.

Library access

You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

Study resources

Study resources for BUS3200 are:

available for download from the unit website, including

  • All lecture notes and reference materials for each lecture topic
  • Assignment specifications
  • Weekly tutorial exercises
  • Past examination papers
  • Useful websites

A CD-ROM containng all lecture notes, reference materials, past exam papers, tutorial exercises, and software required, will be availble for copy in the first tutorial.


Unit website


Structure and organisation

Week Topics References/Readings Key Dates
1 Introduction to Chinese Computing See the unit website
2 Chinese Character Sets and Encoding Methods (I) See the unit website
3 Chinese Computing Systems and Chinese-Enabling Systems See the unit website
4 Qing Song Input Method; NJStar Chinese Input Method Editor See the unit website
5 Tsang Jie Input Method (I) See the unit website
6 Tsang Jie Input Method (II) See the unit website
7 Chinese Character Input; Chinese Character Output See the unit website
8 Multilingual Information Processing on the Internet See the unit website
9 Chinese Character Sets and Encoding Methods (II) See the unit website
10 Chinese Character Sets and Encoding Methods (III) See the unit website
Non teaching week
11 Chinese Character Sets and Encoding Methods (IV) See the unit website Assignment 1 dues
12 The Unicode Character Encoding Standard See the unit website
13 Review of the Unit and Past Exam Papers See the unit website Assignment 2 dues


The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment weighting

Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 30% and an examination with a weighting of 70%. Read this section VERY carefully.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

pass the examination.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

the first assignment mark x 15% + the second assignment mark x 15% + the exam mark x 70%

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Assignment I - Chinese Information Presentation 2/10/06 15%
Assignment II - Multilingual Web Authoring 23/10/06 15 %
The exam is 2 hours long and is closed book. Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 70 %

Assignment specifications will be made available on the unit website in MUSO..

Assignment Submission

Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission to MUSO by the due date. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission is to be posted.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of one mark deducted each day. Assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to the unit lecturer or tutor at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

Grade Percentage/description
HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

Assignment return

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.


Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


Communication methods

Questions can be directed:

  • To lecturer at end of lectures
  • To tutors during tutorials
  • To lecturer or tutor by email


Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

Monday 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Tuesday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Other times by appointment

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

Associate Professor Chung-Hsing Yeh
Associate Professor
Phone +61 3 990 55808
Fax +61 3 99055159

Mr Jisong Chen
PhD Student, and Postgraduate Student
Phone +61 3 990 51148

Ms Xiao Xia Duan
Postgraduate Student

All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Jul 29, 2006