Course Title: Ethics and Professional Aspects of Interpreting

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 031746

Program: C5116

Course Title: Ethics and Professional Aspects of Interpreting

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 50.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Term1 2007

Course Contact: Sedat Mulayim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9920

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course introduces students to the dynamics of the “three-cornered situation”, where they are made aware of the particular ethical parameters and professional “codes of conduct” pertaining to paraprofessional interpreting practice. They will also be introduced to the concept of “institutional imperatives” under which client/s may be operating. Therefore they will develop abilities in dealing with “management” issues, especially relating to working with clients; initiating actions to anticipate problems, resolving ethical dilemmas and organising time and task efficiently.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of a bilingual intake test.

National Competency Codes and Titles


Ethics and Professional Aspects of Interpreting

Learning Outcomes

1  Prepare effectively for interpreting dialogues.
2. Educate participants to effectively work with an interpreter.
3. Exercise professional judgment to resolve ethical dilemmas.
4. Manage situational problems.
5. Employ effective business practices either in self-employment or as a team member of a language service provider.
6. Organise time and tasks efficiently and anticipate problems.
7. Demonstrate understanding of the ASLIA & AUSIT Codes of Ethics and evaluate key aspects of these.

Overview of Assessment

Successful completion of learning outcome assessment activities.