Course Title: Discourse Studies for Translators and Interpreters

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Discourse Studies for Translators and Interpreters

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Erika Gonzalez Garcia

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (0)3 9925 0428

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.17

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will cover the main discourse features of texts that create issues for translation, using English texts as the basis.  

Particular attention is paid to cohesive devices and other feature of texts beyond the level of word or phrase. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Reflect on and apply advanced concepts and knowledge of languages, cultures and research methods in order to facilitate communication across cultures and languages 
  • Apply professional communication skills in multi-lingual environments 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify sources of discoursal meaning in a text or utterance, and apply the knowledge and insights of the scholarly literature to render these meanings in linguistic form in the translated or interpreted output.
  2. Use problem-solving skills to identify whether a source of discoursal meaning in a text or utterance might be translated or interpreted into linguistic or extra-linguistic form.
  3. Creatively consider different options for the translation or interpretation of discoursal meaning in a text or utterance, including into linguistic form. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including online lectures tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research. Online classes will be discussion-based to intensively study discourse features of texts. Texts will be chosen from a variety of sources.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

This course will use contemporary texts from a variety of sources that translators may face. Texts will be chosen from media, government and commercial information sources, technical publications and general literature. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1 (15%) Quizzes (CLO 2) 

Assessment Task 2 (15%) Discussion forum (CLO 3) 

Assessment Task 3 (30%) Presentation (CLO 2,3) 

Assessment Task 4 (40%) Proficiency assessment (CLO 1,2,3)

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.