Course Title: Demonstrate written language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: LANG5770C

Course Title: Demonstrate written language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6109 - Advanced Diploma of Translating

Course Contact : Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mr. Liam McCaul -

Nominal Hours: 70

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 covers skills and knowledge required to be effective and fluent in written communication in at least two different languages, to meet the language and communication needs of translating and interpreting.  It involves the ability to read and write a range of commercial, professional and literary documents and provide summaries at a high level of complexity, accuracy and fluency.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS512A Demonstrate written language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts


1- Read and analyse documents in different languages.

2- Provide informal written texts.

3- Write professional and commercial documents in different languages.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Read and fully analyse documents.
1.2. Correctly comprehend any accompanying visual and graphic material.
1.3. Correctly identify the culturally specific meaning contained in documents.

2.1. Capture and accurately convey nuances of meaning, in written texts and summaries.
2.2. Convey ideas accurately taking into consideration cultural differences and idiolects.
2.3. Provide any required additional explanation or comments to clarify meaning, especially about culturally specific details.
2.4. Recognise documents requiring professional translation and arrange for assistance if required.

3.1. Produce written documents according to recognised conventions, standards and formats.
3.2. Ensure the content of written documents is appropriate to audience and purpose.
3.3. Develop ideas in appropriate depth to meet the requirements of the particular subject and cultural contexts.
3.4. Tailor language to meet requirements of the target document or situation.
3.5. Observe social and cultural conventions.
3.6. Write documents with minimal errors so that intended meaning is clearly conveyed to the reader.
3.7. Use standard communication and information management technology.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include exercises in and outside of classroom on individual or group bases, comparing standard forms of texts in various fields in both languages. Students will research social & cultural contextual information, practice on a variety of silmulated written tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Please refer to the timetable and extra information provided by teacher.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Working with Texts - A core introduction to language analysis, editor Adrian Beard, Rotledge, London . Available from RMIT Bookshop9780415414241Library


Other Resources

Learning Resources
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:
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

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:

  • Practical exercises
  • Written assignments involving producing written texts in English and LOTE
  • Essay writing
  • Peer review
  • Portfolios

Assessment Tasks

AT1: Action Learning Journal – you must complete an Action Learning template at least once every fortnight and submit to your teacher in weeks 4, 8 and 12 for feedback.

AT2: Written task – you will be asked to write a LOTE letter of maximum 500 words to the relevant authority (eg. immigration, welfare, education, employment, health etc.) in your LOTE country to raise a particular issue. You must provide a scenario of maximum 100 words explaining what you set yourself to write about. Your letter of request must demonstrate your ability to produce the text according to recognised conventions, standards and formats in your LOTE, ensuring the content of the letter is appropriate to the recipient and purpose. One of your peers of the same LOTE will complete a peer review sheet and return it to you. You must respond to the feedback from your peer and submit the finalised version.



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.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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:

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
2. 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:

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:

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