Course Title: Theoretical Bases of Translating and Interpreting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Theoretical Bases of Translating and Interpreting

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Caroline Norma

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 8306

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.01

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to fundamental knowledge and theory of Translating and Interpreting and contemporary theoretical frameworks and approaches. 

You will explore how theory and practical strategies can integrate with practice and help address common challenges in translating and interpreting. You will also develop skills to analyse and evaluate aspects interpreting and translating in a theoretical framework. You will also begin to adopt appropriate metalanguage to reflect on your practice. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes 

  • Critically reflect on and apply advanced concepts and knowledge of languages, cultures and research methods in order to facilitate communication across cultures and languages. 
  • Use appropriate cognitive, technical and creative skills to resolve issues of transfer and professional practice to creatively transfer the communicative intent of a speaker or written discourse or written text, from one language into another. 
  • Investigate, critically analyse, and apply a range of approaches to translating and interpreting, based on professional practice and discipline knowledge locally and globally. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

       1. Investigate and critically analyse a range of approaches to translating and interpreting based on professional practice and discipline knowledge locally and globally.

       2. Apply these approaches to evaluation your own translating and interpreting practice 

       3. Reflect on and apply your knowledge of language culture, and transfer skills, to facilitate communication across cultures and languages.

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. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, conference papers, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

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 (20%) Quizzes (CLO 1) 

Assessment Task 2 (20%) Discussion Posts (CLO 2,3) 

Assessment Task 3 (30%) Presentation (CLO 1,2,3) 

Assessment Task 4 (30%) Group Project (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 which are available for review online: