[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Monash University

FIT9058 Chinese language information technology - Summer semester, 2014

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 human 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.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton Summer semester A (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 1-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 9 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


BUS3200, BUS4200, BUS5200, FIT3104


Familiarity with written Chinese

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Chung-Hsing Yeh



Peter Huynh

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 the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units (SETU) survey. 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, see:

www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/ and on student evaluations, see: www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

In the last offering (2013-2014 Summer), this unit has achieved a student evaluation score of 4.5 (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

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • be familiar with Chinese language and multilingual computing environments;
  • learned the principles and skills of Chinese business computing through the practical use of Chinese software systems;
  • acquired skills that can easily be translated into using software in non-Roman languages;
  • understand Chinese and universal character encoding methods for multilingual information processing;
  • developed the ability to understand the techniques used to develop Chinese and global software for business applications.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   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  
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 Assignment 1 topic approval - due 15 December 2014; Assignment 1: Chinese Information Presentation - due 22 December 2014; Assignment 2 - Multilingual Web Authoring - due 7 January 2015.
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during 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.

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.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment I - Chinese Information Presentation on a Chinese Language IT Topic 15% 22 December 2014
Assignment II - Multilingual Web Authoring 15% 7 January 2015
Examination 1 70% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment I - Chinese Information Presentation on a Chinese Language IT Topic
    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 in relation to Chinese language information technology (subject to your tutor's approval).
    Criteria for assessment:

    You must get permission from your tutor for the topic you choose for this assignment. It is advised that you follow your tutor's instructions to do this assignment.

    The assessment will be based on both contents and presentation. A References page must be included after the Content pages for the reference materials and websites consulted.

    The marking criteria and specific tasks to be carried out will be made available during tutorials.

    Due date:
    22 December 2014
    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, including your study at Monash.
    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. One component page of your personal web page must include the information about your study at Monash (e.g. your Masters course or a specific unit).

    The marking criteria will be made available during tutorials.

    Due date:
    7 January 2015
    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:

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

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

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

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.

Other Information


Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash’s Education Policies at: www.policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]