Course Title: Apply codes and standards to professional judgement

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: LANG5772C

Course Title: Apply codes and standards to professional judgement

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6133 - Advanced Diploma of Translating

Course Contact: Bing Lee Teh

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 0326

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bing Lee Teh (

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills required to apply current and relevant standards of professional and ethical behaviour by translators and interpreters in complex settings and interactions. The unit requires knowledge of professional codes of ethics and the development and maintenance of professional judgement. It requires the ability to consider a wide range of professional issues and to reflect on and continuously develop a highly informed approach to practice.

This unit will be delivered in a cluster as follows:

  • Ethics Cluster (3 units)          

    • LANG5826C Apply codes and standards to professional judgement
    • LANG5827C Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments
    • LANG5832C Maintain and enhance professional practice


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS603A Apply codes and standards to professional judgement


1. Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues.

Performance Criteria:


1.1.      Maintain detailed knowledge of ethical and professional practice and issues using reliable sources of information.

1.2.      Maintain productive professional relationships to facilitate awareness of current issues.

1.3.      Monitor and analyse trends to anticipate developments and directions in the field.

1.4. Research industry discussion of professional ethical codes applied to the practitioner role.


2. Apply ethical standards to professional practices.

Performance Criteria:


2.1.      Analyse applicable codes of ethics and conduct and their relationship to work practices and the exercise of professional judgement.

2.2.      Integrate developments and trends impacting on professional practice into work performance.

2.3. Identify current approaches for maintaining and improving professional judgement and development.


3. Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice.

Performance Criteria:


3.1.      Reflect on and evaluate professional practices in work goals and plans.

3.2.      Apply and promote ethical standards, codes and practices with clients, colleagues and others.

3.3.      Identify and examine factors that impact on professional and ethical decision making and exercise professional judgement in choosing resolution strategies.

3.4.      Collaborate constructively in professional relationships to enhance own practice and the provision of peer support.

3.5.      Apply standards of ethical practice when contributing to professional debates, forums and providing feedback to colleagues.

3.6. Regularly evaluate quality and success of professional judgement in meeting planned, professional and career outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include class instructions, practical demonstrations, class discussions, practice and group/individual work.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching and Assessments Schedule
The delivery of this unit will be undertaken with LANG5760C Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments, LANG5761C Prepare to translate and interpret, LANG5772C Apply codes and standards to professional judgement and LANG5767C Maintain and enhance Professional Practice. The units are delivered concurrently.






Other events

Class 1






Introduction and overview

·         Introduction to Course and assessments

·         Intro to Lang5760C - Elements

·         Overview of T & I assignments

·         T & I for agencies

Distribution of Readings for AT1 (on Blackboard only)

Class 2




1.      Collect and assess assignment information

2.      Assess ability to complete assignment

3.      Respond to assignment proposal

·         T & I for agencies (cont’d)

·         Process for considering an offer of work

·         Factors affecting negotiation

Distribution of AT2 (on Blackboard only)

Class 3



1.      Analyse assignment information for planning purposes

2.      Establish familiarity with topic and context

3.      Develop work plan

4.      Review and evaluate work plan

·         AT1: In-class quiz based on readings



·         Intro to Lang5761C – Elements

·         Factors affecting preparations

·          Strategies for preparing


Class 4



1.      Research ethical and professional issues

2.      Develop professional practices and knowledge

3.      Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice

·         What is ethics?

·         What is professional ethics and how is it different from morality?

·         Discussions and scenarios


Agency – Presentation (Tentative)

Class 5





1.      Research ethical and professional issues

2.      Develop professional practices and knowledge

3.      Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice

·         Professional blueprint

·         Discussions and scenarios

AT2: Written Assignment (TBA)

Due Date: 14/08/14

·         AUSIT Presentation (Tentative)

Class 6





1.      Research ethical and professional issues

2.      Develop professional practices and knowledge

3.      Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice

·         A quick look at the Code of Ethics

·         Discussions and scenarios


·         Union Presentation (Tentative)

Class 7



1.      Model high standards of performance

2.       Determine personal development needs

3.      Participate in professional development activities

4.      Reflect on and evaluate professional practice

·         Intro to Lang5767C – Elements

·         Strategies for maintaining/enhancing Professionalism

·         NAATI revalidation


·         Agency Presentation (Tentative)


31 August 2015 to 06 September 2015 (Semester Break)

Class 8






·         Program Essential Information

·         Examinations Protocol And Requirements

·         Miranda’s Presentation



·         Agency Presentation (Tentative)

Class 9








AT3: In class quiz (all units – all content covered from start of semester)



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Learning material will be provided by instructor.


Other Resources

The unit is supported online using Blackboard. The Blackboard gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to Blackboard can be found at myRMIT

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be ongoing during the semester, and you will receive feedback on your progress. You will undertake a variety of assessment tasks and activities to assess your level of competence against key elements and performance criteria.

The assessment tasks/activities may include, but are not limited to:
- Role plays
- Observation checklists
- Teacher directed group activities
- Individual/group research activities within the T&I industry and/or relevant domains to the professional practice such as courts, hospitals, trade expos etc.
evidence demostrating application of codes and standards
- Practical demonstration of understanding and application of codes and standards in selected scenarios and simulated activities

Assessment Tasks

You must complete all THREE assessment tasks satisfactorily to be assessed Competent for this unit and cluster.

Assessment Task 1 (This task applies to LANG5760C and LANG5761C only)

  • When: Class 3
  • Description: In-class quiz based on readings uploaded on Blackboard. This assessment consists of 15 questions.
  • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Non-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
  • Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours

Assessment Task 2

  • Distributed by: Class 2 (Blackboard)
  • Due: Class 6
  • Description: Research and report  (Topic and Questions will be advised by instructor in Class 2)
  • Assessment Criteria: By completion. Marking criteria will be provided in instruction sheet during class.
  • The originality verification software Turnitin may be used for this assessment. Submission of this assessment must be accompanied by a completed Cover Sheet for Submission of Work for Assessment downloadable via

Assessment Task 3

  • When: Class 9

Students enrolled in all units:

  • Description: In-class test based on all content covered from start of semester. This assessment consists of 30 questions.
  • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Non-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
  • Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours

Students enrolled in Lang5772C only:

  • Description: In-class test based on all content covered from start of semester. This assessment consists of 25 questions.
  • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Non-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
  • Duration: Approx. 2.0 hours

Important Notes:

  • Further instructions will be provided in class.
  • Details of marking criteria for each assessment will be included in respective Assignment Instruction Sheet.

This course uses a competency-based assessment and will be graded as follows:

  • CA (Competency Achieved)
  • NYC (Not Yet Competent)
  • DNS (Did Not Submit)

All competency-based assessment tasks for this course must be completed at the required level (see the elements and key performance criteria for each unit) in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) award.If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed but some or all are not at the required level, they will be assessed as NYC (Not Yet Competent).

If a student does not submit assessment tasks at all, a DNS result will be entered.

Important: Students must complete each and every assessment and be assessed competent in each and every assessment in order to pass the relevant unit(s) and the whole cluster.


Assessment Matrix




Assessment Task 2

Assessment Task 3

1. Research ethical and professional issues  



2. Develop professional practices and knowledge



3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice






Other Information

Learning Resources
RMIT Library
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at:
The Learning Lab is a collection of web-based resources including tip sheets and interactive tutorials on study skills, writing, English language development and maths. Access RMIT’s Learning Lab online via this link:

Assessment Tasks : Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Other Relevant Information

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;

  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
  • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
  • Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:
Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
Student Complaints Policy:
Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form: 


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