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Monash University

FIT3104 Chinese language information technology - Summer semester, 2012

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.

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 1 hr laboratory/wk


For on-campus students, workload commitments are:

  • two-and-half-hour lecture per day and
  • one-hour tutorial (or laboratory) per day
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

Unit Relationships




Familiarity with written Chinese

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Chung-Hsing Yeh



Mr Peter Huynh

Ms Sophia Duan

Academic Overview


At the completion of this unit students will have -
  • a sound basis for Chinese computing in the business environment;
  • the ability to use popular Chinese computing software and application packages and extend their capabilities to other non-Roman languages;
  • an understanding of the techniques used to develop Chinese computing software;
  • familiarity with Chinese language and multilingual computing environments;
  • knowledge of the principles and skills of Chinese business computing through the practical use of Chinese software systems;
  • skills that can easily be translated into using software in non-Roman languages;
  • an understanding of Chinese and universal character encoding methods for multilingual information processing;
  • the ability to understand the techniques used to develop Chinese and global software for business applications.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 70%; In-semester assessment: 30%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment I - Chinese Information Presentation 15% 7 January 2013
Assignment II - Multilingual Web Authoring 15% 7 January 2013
Examination 1 70% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach helps students to initially encounter information at lectures, discuss and explore the information during tutorials, and practice in a hands-on lab environment.


Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

In the last offering (2011 Summer), this unit has achieved a student evaluation score of 4.79 (out of 5) for the quality of the unit. Student feedback has shown that this unit is well structured and no changes are required for this summer semester.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Register for tutorials and check the unit Moodle site for lecture and tutorial information No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Unit Outline and Assignments; Introduction to Chinese Computing (I)  
2 Introduction to Chinese Computing (II); Chinese Computing Systems; Chinese-Enabling Systems  
3 Qing Song Input Method; NJStar Chinese Input Method Editor  
4 Cang Jie Input Method (I)  
5 Cang Jie Input Method (II)  
6 Chinese Character Input; Chinese Character Output  
7 Chinese Character Sets and Encoding Methods (I): Part 1  
8 Chinese Character Sets and Encoding Methods (II): Part 1 Assignment topic approval is required; Assignment 1: Chinese Information Presentation - due 7 January 2013; Assignment 2 - Multilingual Web Authoring - due 7 January 2013;
9 Chinese Character Sets and Encoding Methods (III): Part 2  
10 Chinese Character Sets and Encoding Methods (IV): Part 2; Multi-Width Encoding Methods  
11 Multilingual Character Sets and Encoding Methods; The Unicode Character Encoding Standard (I)  
12 The Unicode Character Encoding Standard (II); Unit Review; Exam Preparation  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment I - Chinese Information Presentation
    Create a presentation file using PowerPoint or write a program using any programming language, which can display Chinese characters on the screen for a topic of your own choice (subject to your tutor's approval).
    Criteria for assessment:

    The assessment will be based on both contents and presentation. You must get permission from your tutor for the topic you choose to do. It is advised that you follow your tutor's instructions to do this assignment. The marking criteria and specific tasks to be carried out will be made available during tutorials.

    Due date:
    7 January 2013
    This assignment is to be submitted online using Moodle.
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment II - Multilingual Web Authoring
    Design a multilingual (Chinese and English) personal Web page.
    Criteria for assessment:

    The assessment will be based on how you demonstrate your understanding of multilingual Web authoring with an appropriate choice of Web page design approach and proper applications of tools and techniques.

    Your multilingual web page should demonstrate
    (a) proper use of character images for presenting multilingual information and
    (b) well-formatted and consistent page layout.

    The marking criteria will be made available during tutorials.

    Due date:
    7 January 2013
    This assignment is to be submitted online using Moodle.


  • Examination 1
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


Student services

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Academic support services may be available for students who have a disability or medical condition. Registration with the Disability Liaison Unit is required. Further information is available as follows:

  • Website: http://monash.edu/equity-diversity/disability/index.html;
  • Email: dlu@monash.edu
  • Drop In: Equity and Diversity Centre, Level 1 Gallery Building (Building 55), Monash University, Clayton Campus, or Student Community Services Department, Level 2, Building 2, Monash University, Sunway Campus
  • Telephone: 03 9905 5704, or contact the Student Advisor, Student Commuity Services at 03 55146018 at Sunway
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