Course Title: Ethics and Professional Issues

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ethics and Professional Issues

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 2014,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Olga Garcia-Caro Alcazar

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61) 3 9925 9920

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Floor 5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an overview of the ethical and professional framework which affects Translating & Interpreting practice, enabling you to take a reflective approach to enhance your professional practice and development. 

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes 

  • 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 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 
  • Apply current local and global professional standards and practices to your developing interpreting and translating practice 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Outline the philosophical underpinnings of ethics in professional practice.
  2. Examine and apply ethical frameworks of professional translating and interpreting practice.
  3. Identify potential conflict situations and examine appropriate resolution strategies in relation to professional and industrial issues in the translating and interpreting profession.
  4. Explain the business frameworks under which interpreting and translating professionals are required to operate.  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including online lectures, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research. 

In online classes you will examine basic issues in professional ethics through some theoretical literature but with a major focus on cases studies drawn from actual professional practice in Translating & Interpreting. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

The professional and ethical issues selected for class discussion arise out of RMIT staff collective experiences as practitioners and researchers. These will complement the substantial holdings of the RMIT Library on ethical and professional issues in Translating & Interpreting. 

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, 3) 

Assessment Task 2 (40%) Analysis of case studies (CLO 2,3) 

Assessment Task 3 (40%) Court Observations (CLO 1,2,3,4) 

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.