Course Title: Apply codes and standards to professional judgement

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: LANG5772C

Course Title: Apply codes and standards to professional judgement

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6111 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ken Shimizu +61 3 9925 9665

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 covers skills and knowledge required to ensure that translators and interpreters apply current and relevant standards of professional and ethical behaviour in complex settings. The unit requires knowledge of professional codes of ethics and their application to interpreting and translating practice. It requires the ability to consider a 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 with the following units:

LANG5761C Prepare to translate and interpret.
LANG5760C Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS603A Apply codes and standards to professional judgement


1. Research ethical and professional issues

2. Develop professional practices and knowledge.

3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgment to practice.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Confirm scope and nature of assignments, identify stakeholders and determine other relevant factors.
1.2. Obtain and analyse assignment documentation and related background material according to standard protocols.
1.3. Select and obtain tools and equipment to analyse up-to-date, relevant and comprehensive resources.
1.4. Consider assignment requirements and familiarity with topic and other relevant factors to determine planning needs.
1.5. Identify and resolve factors that may affect assignment outcomes.
2.1. Analyse assignment requirements and build on existing knowledge.
2.2. Identify areas requiring further research and seek additional information.
2.3. Access and develop assignment-specific resources.
2.4. Identify and resolve problems, and seek assistance from client or peer network where necessary.
3.1. Identify objectives with measurable targets according to assignment requirements.
3.2. Explore innovative and flexible options for achieving objectives.
3.3. Reflect OHS requirements when determining realistic time commitments and allocations.
3.4. Collaborate as required in planning process to ensure mutual agreement.
4.1. Review preparation to confirm that it addresses assignment requirements, and resolve outstanding issues.
4.2. Discuss preparation and plan with appropriate persons and incorporate their feedback.
4.3. Consider and implement adjustments to improve process and outcomes of future preparation.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

lectures, individual and group projects, discussions, peer reviewed tasks, simulated activities

Teaching Schedule

** Please note that this schedule covers learning activities and topics for LANG 5760 LANG 5761 and LANG 5772.

Week 1 - Course Overview & Lecture: What is professional ethics and how is it different from morality? What are some theories on normative ethics?
Week 2 - The AUSIT Code of Ethics
Week 3 - Further look at the AUSIT Code of Ethics
Week 4 - Underpinning knowledge check. Introduction to Agency Work. (Assessment 2 for LANG 5760 &LANG 5761 assigned)
Week 5 - Feed back on knowledge test. Practicalities and preparations for agency work. Introduce current trends to monitor. Assessment Task 2, 3, 4, 5: Start of forum entry.
Week 6 - Guest Speaker will speak about professional judgments and issues in agency assignments.
Week 7 - Developing a work plan. OH&S issues in Interpreting.
Week 8 - (Assessment 3 for LANG 5760 &LANG 5761 Assigned.) Introduction to working with clients directly. (Assessment 2 for LANG 5760 &LANG 5761: Submission of assignment on negotiation and preparation for agency work for peer review.)
Week 9 - Negotiating terms with direct clients. Preparing for work coming directly from the client. (Assessment 2 for LANG 5760 & LANG 5761: Submission of assignment on negotiation and preparation for agency work to teacher.)
Week 10 - Working as a team. Deciding roles within assignments and sharing knowledge.
Week 11 - Guest lecture on work with direct clients.
Week 12 - Discussion of ethical and professional judgments in direct client work
Week 13 - Developing a workplan. OH&S issues in interpreting.
Week 14 - Peer review process for direct client work. (Assessment 3 for LANG 5760 &LANG 5761 Submission of assignment on negotiation and preparation for direct client work for peer review.)
Week 15 - Discussion on industry trends and anticipated changes in the industry. (Assessment 3 for LANG 5760 &LANG 5761Submission of assignment on negotiation and preparation for direct client work for peer review.)
Week 16 - Feedback on assignment. Assessment Task 2, 3, 4, 5: Final submission of Forum entries.
(*) Please note. The topics are indicative only and may vary between language groups depending on their specific needs.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will have access to readings and suggested links on Blackboard

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

Assessment Task 1: Ongoing class observation via checklist. (Elements 1-3)
Assessment Task 2 : Forum submission reflecting on student’s own interpreting practice. (Element 3)
Assessment Task 3: Forum submission reflecting on comments from guest lecturer. (Element 1-3)
Assessment Task 4: Forum submission. Student will monitor and report on an industry issue on an ongoing basis. (Element 1)
Assessment Task 5: Class test on professional judgment of complex ethical issues. (Element 2-3).  This task will be used for grading purposes.


Assessment Task 5:  Forum participation in Group discussion of professional judgement of complex ethical issues.  (Element 2-3)  Each student in a 3 person group will represent different viewpoints on a single scenario and discuss the scenario together.  This task will be used for grading purposes.

Assessment Matrix

Refer to Assessment Matrix on Blackboard for each assessment.

Other Information

Grading Schedule:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CP - Competent with Pass
NYC - Not Yet Competent

Special Consideration:

Students may apply for Special Consideration on a range of health or compassionate grounds where they experience unexpected or extenuating circumstances. Information on ‘How to apply for Special Consideration’ can be found at;ID=b1wqvnwk8aui

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Extension of time for submission of assessable work:
Circumstances may arise which prevent students from completing an assessment task on time. In certain circumstances a student may be entitled to apply for an extension to the due date.
Extensions of 7 calendar days or less:
Students seeking an extension of 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the School.
Extensions of greater than 7 working days:
Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy , preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

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