Course Title: Ethics and Professional Aspects of Interpreting

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: LANG5275L

Course ID: 031746

Course Title: Ethics and Professional Aspects of Interpreting

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Program Code: C5116 - Diploma of Interpreting (lote/english)

Course Contact : Sedat Mulayim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9920

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Nominal Hours: 50

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

Successful completion of a bilingual intake test.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the dynamics of the “three-cornered situation”, where they are made aware of the particular ethical parameters and professional “codes of conduct” pertaining to paraprofessional interpreting practice. They will also be introduced to the concept of “institutional imperatives” under which client/s may be operating. Therefore they will develop abilities in dealing with “management” issues, especially relating to working with clients; initiating actions to anticipate problems, resolving ethical dilemmas and organising time and task efficiently.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

00275/00276 Ethics and Professional Aspects of Interpreting

Learning Outcomes

1  Prepare effectively for interpreting dialogues.
2. Educate participants to effectively work with an interpreter.
3. Exercise professional judgment to resolve ethical dilemmas.
4. Manage situational problems.
5. Employ effective business practices either in self-employment or as a team member of a language service provider.
6. Organise time and tasks efficiently and anticipate problems.
7. Demonstrate understanding of the ASLIA & AUSIT Codes of Ethics and evaluate key aspects of these.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Planned learning experiences include:

1. Lectures/tutorials introducing the concepts of “ethics”, “professionalism”, “role” and how these concepts can be used as parameters for resolving ethical dilemmas arising in the course of paraprofessional interpreting practice.

2. Lectures/tutorials introducing the “dynamics” of the three-cornered situation and the role of the participants in it.

3. Lectures/tutorials introducing the concept of “institutional imperatives”, and how this becomes an ethical parameter in paraprofessional interpreting practice.

4. Lectures/tutorials introducing techniques and strategies for implementing effective business and management practices.

5. Workshops/pair work dealing with a series of ethical dilemma scenarios; resolving ethical dilemmas using role and ethical parameters.

Teaching Schedule

Students will be required to attend all scheduled classes and complete assessment tasks as outlined. Assessment Tasks are referred to as Learning Outcomes.

Learning Outcome 1 scheduled for between Weeks 6 -10
Learning Outcome 2 scheduled for Weeks 13 - 14 or as directed by the teacher

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

To be advised in class.

Overview of Assessment

Successful completion of learning outcome assessment activities.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks are referred to as Learning Outcomes.

This subject will require successful completion of  two Learning Outcomes:

1. An essay/discussion on “role” and ethical parameters relevant to paraprofessional interpreting practice. (50%)

2. A written class test, on a series of ethical dilemma scenarios, showing how “role” and ethical parameters can be used as criteria for resolving such dilemmas. (50%)

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