Course Title: Apply codes and standards to ethical practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: LANG5854C

Course Title: Apply codes and standards to ethical practice

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5364 - Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

Course Contact: Ya-Ping Kuo

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3771

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

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


Course Description

This unit describes the skills required to ensure that translators and interpreters apply current and relevant standards of professional and ethical behaviour in general settings. The unit requires knowledge of the industry's professional codes of ethics and their application to practice. It requires the ability to consider a range of ethical issues and to reflect on and continuously develop professional practice.

This unit applies to those working as translators and interpreters in a range of general settings. This unit will be delivered in a cluster as follows:

Ethics Cluster:

  • LANG5854C Apply codes and standards to ethical practice    
  • LANG5855C Prepare to translate and interpret                
  • BUSM6508C Conduct career planning

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS001 Apply codes and standards to ethical practice


1. Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use reliable sources of information to ensure that knowledge of ethical issues and professional practice is current, comprehensive and relevant.

1.2 Maintain professional relationships and networks to facilitate awareness of current issues.

1.3  Analyse applicable codes of ethics and conduct and their relationship to work practices.


2. Apply ethical standards to professional practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and examine factors that impact on professional and ethical decision making.

2.2 Apply codes and standards of ethical conduct to assignments.

2.3 Develop and promote strategies for dealing with possible dilemmas.

2.4  Promote ethical standards and practice with clients, colleagues and others.


3. Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Reflect on and evaluate ethical practices in work assignments.

3.2 Monitor and review practice in relation to standards of ethics and conduct.

3.3 Seek advice and feedback on performance to improve ethical practice.

3.4  Participate in professional development activities and networks to address identified needs in current ethical practice.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Ethics cluster with LANG5855C Prepare to translate and interpret, and BUSM6508C Conduct Career Planning. The course elements will be delivered in a clustered format. Learning activities for this unit includes: lectures, practical demonstrations, and class discussions on professional ethics and case studies.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule will follow the Ethics cluster schedule. Class will commence in the week of 26 FEB 2018 as Week 1.

Weekly schedule will be provided in Week 0-Orientation week.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The unit is supported online using CANVAS. CANVAS gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to CANVAS can be found on RMIT website:

GUSS Skills Central ( 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 not limited to, the following:

-teacher directed group activities
-practical exercises
-group discussions
-evidence demostrating application of codes and standards
-practical demonstration of understanding and application of codes and standards in selected scenarios and simulated activities

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks 1,5,6 from Ethics cluster:

Assessment Task 1: Logbook-Simulated Professional Development Activities

*Note: This task is co-assessed with BUSM6508C Assessment Task 1; Logbook- Professional Development Activities

Students will be required to attend a series of guided professional development activities and provide the record of the participation and reflection of the activities. 

Due: Week 10

Assessment Task 5: Case study report
Students will be provided with interpreting scenarios which involve professional ethical issues. To respond, you are required to reflect on your interpreting practice and apply your knowledge on relevant ethical codes and standards. Report template will be provided and submission is to be via CANVAS.
Due : Week 11. 

Assessment Task 6: In class written test

Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant professional ethical standards and issues, and ability to apply the codes and standards to manage ethical dilemmas arising from interpreting practice.

Due: Week 12 - 13.


Assessment Matrix



AT1: Logbook-Professional Development Activities


( This task is co-assessed with BUSM6508C Assessment Task 1)



 AT5:Case study report

AT6: In class written test

1:Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues




2: Apply ethical standards to professional practices




3: Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice







Other Information

Grading Schedule:

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). If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed them 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.
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: 
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:

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 – – 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: 
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
2. 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:

Special Consideration:

Students may apply for Special Consideration on a range of health or compassionate grounds where they experience unexpected or extenuating circumstances. Information on ‘How to apply for Special Consideration’ can be found at;ID=b1wqvnwk8aui (unresolved)

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