Course Title: Interpret through communication media

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: LANG5783C

Course Title: Interpret through communication media

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

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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


Course Description

This unit covers skills and knowledge required to use technology to support interpreting in visual or physical isolation, and to manage delivery of interpreting via communication media. You will take into account the constraints and advantages of the technology.

This unit will be delivered in a cluster with the following units:

LANG5780C Interpret in complex monologue settings
LANG5784C Interpret as part of a team

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS608A Interpret through communication media


1. Prepare environment and participants

2. Adapt delivery to equipment

3. manage discourse.

4. Evaluate delivery.

Performance Criteria:

Prepare environment and participants

1. Prepare resources appropriate to communication medium and make necessary environmental adjustments.
2. Consult technical support staff to establish equipment conditions and access to become familiar with specific technology.
3. Undertake technical management and confirm the process and purpose of the assignment.
Seek information about people and context and identify issues which may affect the process or outcomes and take necessary action to address problems.

Adapt delivery to equipment

4. Effect introductions and confirm process of interpreting by telephone or video link and relevant roles and conditions.
5. Adjust volume and position of equipment for audibility or visibility and adjust delivery to be heard or seen.
6. Identify and use terms of address appropriate to the medium.
7. Identify physical challenges posed by the communication medium and make recommendations to address them.
8. Act assertively to address technological. problems

Manage Discourse

9. Adapt delivery to physical requirements and constraints of the technology.
10. Use open strategies to manage communication flow in a culturally appropriate manner
11. Use a range of strategies to adjust and adapt to rapidly changing subjects and context matters, dialects and regional variations and register.Take notes to support retention and recall and seek clarification or repetition when necessary.
12. Use overt strategies to manage communication breakdown.
13. Monitor occupational health and safety issues arising from using communication equipment and take preventative action.

Evaluate delivery

14. Evaluate appropriateness of technology chosen.
15. Evaluate own adaptation of delivery to the technology


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of activities using Elluminate, Backboard, videos and live simulations will be structured each week  


25 hours class face to face activities

10 hours guided activities

5 hours journal reflection

Teaching Schedule

Weekly schedule will be provided in class by teacher

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 inlcude, but are not limited to:

- practical demonstration
- roleplays
- real or simulated interpreting assignments via communication media
- self reflective reports
- action learning plans.

Assessment Tasks

Note: these assessments will be undertaken concurrently with LANG5782

Learning Outcome 1 (50% weighting)

During weeks 5/6 and weeks 14/15 individual students will be observed performing a range of activities performed via a range of media including video, face to face and live on line. One week prior to observation the teacher will advise which particular performance criteria will be assessed and the context and topic area for testing so students will be able to prepare for assessment. The observations will be recorded on a checklist for each student and feedback will be provided to the student.

Learning Outcome 2 (50% weighting, ongoing from week 2 to week 12)

Reflective Journal. Each week students are to spend up to 1 hour writing in a journal to reflect on the theory provided and how it applies to class learning and guided activities set by the teacher each week. Students need to reflect on their sight translation skills under the performance criteria listed above. The journal will be submitted for marking at the end of week 12.

Assessment Matrix

Refer to Assessment Matrix in Blackboard.

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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