Course Title: Maintain On-going Professional and Personal Development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: LANG5502

Course Title: Maintain On-going Professional and Personal Development

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact Email:atsuko.taniguchi@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ms. Atsuko Taniguchi  atsuko.taniguchi@rmit.edu.au

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

Successful completion of bilingual intake test.

Course Description

Co-delivered with Maintain Effective Management Practices.

This practical course focuses on how the individual trainee can understand, develop and put these concepts into effect in their practice, including methods of researching and sourcing information unknown to the trainee.
It includes reference to actual scenarios from the field to better understand the role of the interpreter in practice in the context of the interpreted interview and in the presence of the other professional there.
It also includes focusing on the skills and knowledge required to further one’s own professional development, and on the skills required to conduct self-evaluation of work performance.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

64139 Maintain On-going Professional and Personal Development


Learning Outcomes


1 Continuously upgrade knowledge, skills and practice
2 Evaluate own performance in the workplace


Details of Learning Activities

Students will be introduced to a number of concepts necessary to professionals and professional practice in general, and to NAATI PPI practice, in particular: professional role, concept of client, concept of ethics, concept of the “other professional” in the interpreted interview, concept of decision making, concept of conflict of interest, concept of ethical dilemma, concepts of accreditation and registration etc.
Students will also be introduced to the practical management skills and knowledge required by interpreters to effectively manage their professional practice. Students will gain practice, through an analysis of authentic scenarios from the field, a range of strategies to develop appropriate ethical behavior, or through developing decision making skills, and problem resolution skills in the context of the interpreted interview.
Students will develop an understanding of professional role and ethics, and how to use role parameters to resolve ethical dilemmas, situations of conflict of interest and other issues requiring a professional approach in their practice.
Students will practise practical management skills: keeping diaries of professional bookings, tax records, and other information that relates to the legal dimensions of being a professional practitioner in Australia.
Students will be introduced to the role and functions of NAATI and AUSIT, including the AUSIT Code of Ethics and Practice, and an understanding of the professional role of the NAATI PPI and of the AUSIT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Assessment tasks are practical and are completely in line with class practice.


Teaching Schedule

Week beginning and topics covered

64138 Maintain Effective Management Practices 
(1 hour)

64139  Maintain On-going professional Development and Personal Development         (1 hour)

Assessment and Tutorial tasks
Week 1
Course Introduction
Course Introduction and Overview Course Introduction and Overview  
Week 2 The Interpreting Profession in Australia
Brief historical overview and current status
The Interpreting Profession in Australia
Brief historical overview and current status
week 3The NAATI system
Role and Functions  &
AUSIT
Role and Functions
Start critically reading the AUSIT
Code of Ethics and Practice
Week 4 The Interpreted Interview or
Three-cornered Situation
Dynamics

The role of the “other professional”
Start critically analyzing scenarios from the field to practise appropriate conduct 
Week 5 The Interpreted
Interview or
Three-Cornered
Situation
Dynamics

The role of the
“other
professional’s”
client
Start critically analyzing scenarios from the field to practise appropriate ethical conduct & decision-making 
Week 6

The Interpreted
Interview or
Three-Cornered
Situation
Dynamics
The Role of the
Interpreter in the context of the roles of the two clients

IStart critically analyzing scenarios from the field to practice appropriate ethical conduct & decision-making
 
Week 7Interpreting requirements in specific professional domains
Outlining the specific requirements in a range of professional domains NAATI PPIs work in
Critically analyze scenarios from the field to practice appropriate conduct 
Week 8 Interpreting requirements in specific professional domains
Outlining the specific requirements in a range of professional domains NAATI PPIs work in
Interpreting requirements in specific professional domains
Outlining the specific requirements in a range of professional domains NAATI PPIs work in
Practical Assessment
Task 1
Week 9Assessment review

Interpreting requirements in specific professional domains
Outlining the specific requirements in a range of professional domains in which NAATI PPIs work
Assessment review

Critically analyze scenarios form the field to practice appropriate conduct
 
Week 10What is conflict of interest?
How is it different from conflict (in the general sense)?
Practical class exercises in resolving situations of conflict of interest  
Week 11What is an ethical dilemma?
How is it different from professional decision-making (in the general sense)?

Practical class exercises in resolving situations ethical dilemmas

 
                                Mid Term Break  for 21 ~ 27 April  - Lecture resume on Thursday (28 April)
Week 12Summary of content to date for reinforcement : Using the dynamics of the interpreted interview and the roles of the Interpreter and the Two Clients to derive parameters for ethical conduct : The distinction between social decorum and professional ethicsSummary of content to date for reinforcement : Using the dynamics of the interpreted interview and the roles of the Interpreter and the Two Clients to derive parameters for ethical conduct : The distinction between social decorum and professional ethics 
Week 13 Practical management, professional and personal development issues
Liaising with employers, managing bookings, tax records,
Preparing for assignments and researching terminology,
developing bilingual glossaries
Practical management, professional and personal development issues
Liaising with employers, managing bookings, tax records,
Preparing for assignments and researching terminology,
developing bilingual glossaries
 
Week 14

Practical Assessment
Task 2
A written class test on the content of the course.

Practical Assessment
Task 2
A written class test on the content of the course.

 
Week 15

Assessment review
Course review

Last class for part-time groups

Assessment review
Course review

Last class for part-time groups

 *
Week 16Course Review

Last class for full-time groups

Course Review

Last class for full-time groups

 
Week 17
Or Week 18
NAATI Accreditation Interpreting
Exam Week
NAATI Accreditation Interpreting
Exam Week
NAATI Accreditation Interpreting
Exam Week

* Part-time language streams have 15 teaching weeks. 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Materials prepared in house by the teacher/s


References

Gentile, A., Ozolins, U., & Vasilakakos, M, Liaison Interpreting, A Handbook, Melbourne University Press, 1996

AUSIT Code of Ethics and Practice


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Two co-assessed tasks with LANG5501 Maintain Effective Management Practices. 


Assessment Tasks

Task 1:

  • A written class test on the content of the course
  • Due Week 8, or as instructed by lecturer
  • Weighting - 40%

Task 2:

  • A written class test on the content of the course. 
  • Due Week 15, or as instructed by lecturer
  • Weighting - 60 %

Marking scheme
Assessment tasks are practical and are completely in line with class practice.
The assessment for this competency is a written class test in English and a written class test in the LOTE on the content covered respectively in class in English and the LOTE.
Each task is worth 50% of the total marks for the course.
Students will be deemed to have completed this competency satisfactorily if the achieve a minimum mark of 50% averaged over the two tasks.

N.B. Part-time language streams have different semester length.  Task due dates will be confirmed by teacher.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Note: All email communication will be sent to your RMIT email address.

Homework
The students will be required to undertake research and preparation outside of regular class times in the contextual areas covered in the course in both English and the LOTE. Homework exercises are provided to the students to facilitate their learning in a self-paced manner and form part of the overall achievement of the elements of this competency. Students are reminded that they are expected to conduct an equal amount of time outside of class, in research and in furthering their understanding of the concepts being taught. They are also expected to consolidate their mastery of contextual elements in English and the LOTE that affect their ability to comprehend and transfer messages accurately and completely, in order to maximise their possibilities of reaching the bilingual proficiency necessary to achieve a NAATI PPI accreditation in the final accreditation examination.

Grading
A mark Competency Achieved (CA) or Not Yet Competent (NYC) will be awarded for these competency assessment tasks.

Competent (CA)
Successfully complete all tasks with an overal mark of 50% or above.

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