Course Title: Maintain and enhance professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: LANG5767C

Course Title: Maintain and enhance professional practice

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6134 - 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

Bing Lee Teh ( binglee.teh@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

None

Course Description

This course specifies the competency required for individuals to manage their personal professional performance and to take responsibility for their professional development. This unit will be taught in a cluster with the following units:

  • LANG5760C Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments
  • LANG5761C Prepare to translate and interpret
  • LANG5767C Maintain and enhance professional practice
  • LANG5772C Apply codes and standards to professional judgement


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS504A Maintain and enhance professional practice

Element:

3. Participate in professional development activities.

Performance Criteria:

- Identify and pursue development opportunities suitable to personal learning style to support continuous learning and maintain currency of professional practice.
- Participate in professional networks to support continuous learning and to maintain professional practice.
- Maintain regular communication with relevant networks, organisations and individuals.

Element:

2. Determine personal development needs.

Performance Criteria:

- Assess personal skills and knowledge against industry competencies and other relevant benchmarks to determine development needs and priorities.
- Use feedback from colleagues and clients to identify personal learning needs and areas of professional development.
- Identify future career options and career development pathways.
- Seek advice on personal development needs from relevant personnel.

Element:

4. Reflect on and evaluate professional practice.

Performance Criteria:

- Research developments and trends impacting on professional practice and integrate these into work performance.
- Use feedback from colleagues and clients to identify and introduce improvements into work performance.
- Identify and apply innovative and responsive approaches for improving professional practice.

Element:

1. Model high standards of performance.

Performance Criteria:

- Model appropriate professional techniques and strategies for effective performance.
- Reflect individual responsibilities and accountabilities in personal work goals and plans in accordance with organisational and legal requirements.
- Promote practitioner’s role with clients, colleagues and the public.


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include class instructions, practical demonstrations, class discussions and practice and group/individual work.


Teaching Schedule

Teaching and Assessments Schedule
The delivery of this unit will be undertaken with Lang5760C - Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments, Lang 5761C - Prepare to translate and interpret, Lang5772C - Apply codes and standards to professional judgement and Lang5767C - Maintain and enhance Professional Practice. The units are delivered concurrently.

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ClassUnitsElementsContentsOther Events
LANG5760C
LANG5761C
LANG5772C
LANG5767C
  • Introduction
     
  • Introduction to Course and assessments
  • Intro to Lang5760C - Elements
  • Overview of T & I assignments
  • T & I agencies

Distribution of Readings for AT1 (on Blackboard only)

Distribution of hurdle task for those who are seeking exemptions for LANG5760C, LANG5761C & LANG5767C

LANG5760C
  1. Collect and assess assignment information
  2. Assess ability to complete assignment
  3. Respond to assignment proposal
  • T & I for agencies (cont’d)
  • Process for considering an offer of work
  • Factors affecting negotiation

All students:

Distribution of AT2: Written Assignment - Research and Report (TBA)

LANG5761C
  1. Analyse assignment information for planning purposes
  2. Establish familiarity with topic and context
  3. Develop work plan
  4. Review and evaluate work plan
  • AT1: In-class test based on readings/chapter/paper
 
  • Intro to Lang5761C – Elements
  • Factors affecting preparations
  • Strategies for preparing
LANG5772C
  1. Research ethical and professional issues
  2. Develop professional practices and knowledge
  3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice
  • What is ethics?
  • What is professional ethics and how is it different from morality?
  • Discussions and scenarios
 
  • Industrial Matters - Presentation
LANG5772C
  1. Research ethical and professional issues
  2. Develop professional practices and knowledge
  3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice
  • Professional blueprint
  • Discussions and scenarios
 AT2 submission (Due Date)
 
  • Industrial Matters - Presntation
LANG5772C
  1. Research ethical and professional issues
  2. Develop professional practices and knowledge
  3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice
  • A quick look at the AUSIT Code of Ethics
  • Discussions and scenarios
 
LANG5767C
  1. Model high standards of performance
  2. Determine personal development needs
  3. Participate in professional development activities
  4. Reflect on and evaluate professional practice
  • Intro to Lang5767C – Elements
  • Strategies for maintaining/enhancing Professionalism
  • NAATI revalidation
 
 SEMESTER BREAK
LANG5760C
LANG5761C
LANG5772C
LANG5767C
  1. Program Essential Information
  2. Examinations Protocol and Requirements
  • Program Co-ordinator Presentation
 
  • Industry Matters - Presentation
LANG5760C
LANG5761C
LANG5772C
LANG5767C
 AT3: In-class test (all units – all content covered from start of semester)Students undertaking all four units:
  • AT3: In-class test (all units – all content covered from start of semester)

Students undertaking only Lang5772C:

  • AT3 - Lang5772C: In-class test (Lang5772C, NAATI Accreditation & Revalidaion and Program requirements)
     


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Learning material will be provided by instructor.


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

GUSS Skills Central (http://Gussskillscentral.edu.au/) is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.


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.
Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • group discussions
  • evidence of correspondence where assignments, conditions were clarified, negotiated
  • practical demonstration of understanding of contractual documentation from the industry
  • industry contacts and reports
  • test/quiz


Assessment Tasks

You must complete all THREE assessment tasks satisfactorily to be assessed Competent for this unit and cluster.

Assessment Task 1 (This task applies to Lang5760C and Lang5761C only)

  • Description: In-class test based on readings uploaded on Blackboard. This assessment consists of 15 questions.
  • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Not-Yet-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
  • Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours


NOTE: If you are seeking exemptions for LANG5760C, LANG5761C & LANG5767C, you must successfully complete a hurdle task distributed by instructor in lieu of this assessment in order to be deemed competent and be excused from attending the sessions scheduled for these 3 units.

Assessment Task 2

  • Distributed by: Class 2 (Blackboard)
  • Due: Class 5
  • Description: Research and Report (Topic and Questions will be advised by instructor in Class 2)
  • Assessment Criteria: By completion. Marking criteria will be provided in instruction sheet during class.
  • The originality verification software Turnitin may be used for this assessment. Submission of this assessment must be accompanied by a completed Cover Sheet for Submission of Work for Assessment downloadable via http://mams.rmit.edu.au/s1llva641yxuz.pdf

Assessment Task 3

When: Class 9

Students enrolled in all units:
Description: In-class test based on all content covered from start of semester. This assessment consists of 30 questions.

  • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Not-Yet-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
  • Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours

Students enrolled in Lang5772C only:

  • Description: In-class test based on all content covered from start of semester. This assessment consists of 25 questions.
  • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Not-Yet-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
  • Duration: Approx. 2.0 hours

Important Notes:

  • Further instructions will be provided in class.
  • Details of marking criteria for each assessment will be included in respective Assignment Instruction Sheet

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.

Important: Students must complete each and every assessment and be assessed competent in each and every assessment in order to pass the relevant unit(s) and the whole cluster.


Assessment Matrix

ElementsAssessment Task 1Assessment Task 2Assessment Task 3
1. Model high standards of performance-XX
2. Determine personal development needs-XX
3. Participate in professional development activities-XX
4. Reflect on and evaluate professional practice-XX

Other Information

Learning Resources
RMIT Library
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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library
The Learning Lab is a collection of web-based resources including tip sheets and interactive tutorials on study skills, writing, English language development and maths. Access RMIT’s Learning Lab online via this link: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/

Assessment Tasks : 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


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

Other Relevant Information

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


Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
Student Complaints Policy: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/studentcomplaintspolicy
Student complaints Procedure: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/v4ujvmyojugxz.pdf 

 

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