Course Title: Apply theories to translating and interpreting work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: LANG5774C

Course Title: Apply theories to translating and interpreting work practices

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6111 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact Email:miranda.lai@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ms. Binglee TEH - binglee.teh@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 40

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

None.

Course Description

This unit covers skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and apply a range of approaches to translating and interpreting. You will explore the history, development and progress of relevant theories and their application to work assignment and practice.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS614A Apply theories to translating and interpreting work practices

Element:

1. Research the practiceand theory of translating and interpreting.

2. Identify the role of the translator.

3.Critique translations.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Analyse the concept of translation and its relevance to the study of translating.
1.2. Research key developments and key influences in the history and theory of translating and interpreting
1.3. Analyse the impact of theory on current translating and interpreting practice.
1.4. Identify key issues in contemporary study and practice of translating and interpreting
2.1. Analyse the cultural and political agenda of translation.
2.2. Analyse the position and positionality of the translator.
2.3. Identify the influence of the publishing industry on the translator.
2.4. Analyse the impact of the new media, localization and globalisation on translation.
2.5. Identify new directions for translation.
3.1. Analyse aspects which have to be translated / interpreted for work assignments
3.2. Determine the relevance and application of particular theories to work assignments
3.3. Classify and explain the procedures adopted to clients, colleagues and agencies
3.4. Analyse and constructively report on procedures, translations and interpretations
 


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

The learning actvities include teacher guided and learner-guided activities. The lectures will explain various aspects of the underlying theories and demonstrate their applicability to translating work practices. These will be followed by learner-guided activities designed to reinforce understanding of the concepts. These concepts will also be reinforced by activities in other language-specific courses.
 


Teaching Schedule

Teaching and Assessments Schedule

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  2. Identify the role of the translator
  3. Critique translations

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Introduction and overview to:-
  1. Course
  2. Elements
  3. Assessments
  4. Expectations and Criteria 
  5. Definition of basic terms
Distribution of Readings for AT1 (on Blackboard only

Introduction to the concepts of:-

  1. non-equivalence of meaning
  2. the levels of non-equivalence
 
 AT1 – In class Quiz based on a relevant reading/chapter/paper. 
Introduction to non-equivalence at the word level
  1. the reasons why non-equivalence occurs
 
 Non-equivalence at the word level
  1. strategies for dealing with non-equivalence at word level
  2. Further discussions
 AT2: Written assignment
Due Date: Class 7
 
  1. Introduction to non-equivalence above the word level, including dealing with collocations.
     
 
  1. Introduction to non-equivalence above the word level, including dealing with idioms, fixed expressions and sayings.
  2. In-class discussion of dealing with non-equivalence above the word level
 Submission of AT2
 AT3 – In class Quiz/Test 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


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 www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit
 


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 may include, but are not limited to:

- written tests
- translation assisgments
- group discussions/debates
- practical demonstrations/assignments in which theories are applied


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online quiz or In-Class test
Online quiz or in-class test based on a relevant chapter/paper/journal article. This assessment will be held in Class 3.
 

Assessment Task 2 : Research
Research and analysis of a given written text or dialogue transcript in a particular genre. Then complete a template discussing the role of translator in dealing with the particular discourse, strategies and theories, and justify your translation or interpreting decisions. This assessment due in Class 7

Assessment Task 3 : Online Quiz or In Class Test
Online quiz or in class test designed to test underpinning knowledge and skills covered during the semester. This assessmnet due in Class 8.

Details of marking criteria for each assessment will be included in the Assignment Instruction Sheet and Assessment Summary Document.


GRADING INFORMATION

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

ElementAssessment 1Assessment 2Assessment 3
Research the pracice and theory of translating and interpreting                                 XXX
Identify the role of the translatorXXX
Critique translationsXXX

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 – http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf – 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/info-trek/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 – http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations - http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see: http://www.turnitin.com 
 

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