Course Title: Research Methods in Translating and Interpreting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods in Translating and Interpreting

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr. Caroline Norma

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 8306

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.1A

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course gives students methodological preparation and theoretical and practical background for their Minor Thesis or Extended Translation Project. It covers the main directions in Translating and Interpreting Research both in Australia and internationally through a series of case studies. The course will assist students to define the topic and methodology for their own thesis/project and provide advice on ethics, documentation, data collection and modes of interpretation of data.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Your learning outcomes will be:

  • A demonstrated familiarity with the main directions of published research in Translating and Interpreting [T&I] 
  • An ability to develop a topic and methodology suitable for a Minor Thesis or Extended Translation Project

Overview of Learning Activities

Classes will examine the variety of approaches taken to research of T&I issues, with particular attention to a number of case studies of completed research projects in academic and professional literature, providing input for the students’ assessment task of critiquing published research projects. Attention will also be paid to your own Extended Translation Project or Minor Thesis and associated methodological needs.

Overview of Learning Resources

A large academic and professional literature on research in T&I will be drawn on for class discussion. Students will also have access to classes on methodology run for postgraduate students by the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, where those classes relate to their specific topics for their Extended translation Project or Minor Thesis.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will relate to your Minor Thesis or Extended Translation Project and will consist of written exercises on methodology and elaboration of issues relevant to your research.