Course Title: Prepare to translate and interpret

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: LANG5855C

Course Title: Prepare to translate and interpret

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: ya-ping.kuo@rmit.edu.au


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

None.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills required to collect and assess information about the nature and conditions of translating and interpreting assignments and to keep work records. It includes skills required to reach a decision to accept or decline an assignment and to prepare effective work plans to maximise assignment outcomes and minimise risks from miscommunication.

This unit applies to those working as translators and interpreters in a range of contexts. 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:

PSPTIS003 Prepare to translate and interpret

Element:

1. Assess ability to complete assignment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Receive assignment request and clarify scope and nature of work and conditions of engagement.

1.2 Identify performance expectations, limits and responsibilities and their implications for undertaking the assignment.

1.3 Consider personal availability and preparedness to satisfy assignment requirements.

1.4  Advise client or booking agency in a professional and timely manner of decision to accept or decline.

Element:

2. Respond to assignment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Record assignment details and review terms and conditions of engagement.   2.2 Resolve any queries and clarify procedures, including for payment.   2.3  Create and maintain records of assignment in accordance with good business practice. 

Element:

3. Develop work plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify factors that may affect assignment outcomes to determine planning needs.

3.2 Identify objectives and determine realistic time commitments and allocations.

3.3 Identify problems and seek assistance from client, specialist advisor, or peer network where necessary.

3.4  Organise activities within required timeframe and appropriate to type of assignment.

Element:

4. Review and evaluate work plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Review preparation to confirm it addresses assignment requirements, and resolve outstanding issues.

4.2  Consider and implement adjustments to improve process and outcomes of future preparation.


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Ethics cluster with LANG5854C Apply Code and Standards to Ethical Practice and BUSM6508C Conduct Career Planning. The course elements will be delivered in a clustered format. Learning activities for this unit includes: lectures, practical demonstrations, class discussions, and report writing.


Teaching Schedule

Weekly schedule to be provided in Week 0-Orientation week


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


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:  https://www.rmit.edu.au/students


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 2 and 3 from Ethics cluster:

Assessment task 2 – Mock interpreting report 
Assessment 2 is designed to cover some of the main professional practice issues in negotiating and accepting/denying interpreting assignments and preparing for assignments in a structured process. It is a simulated assignment and you are expected to negotiate/confirm the assignment information, accept the assignment and prepare for the assignment as a professional interpreter. This report is due in week 4.

Assessment task 3 – Mock translating report 
Assessment 3 is designed to cover some of the main professional practice issues in negotiating and accepting/denying translating assignments and preparing for assignments in a structured process. It is a simulated assignment and you are expected to negotiate/confirm the assignment information, accept the assignment and prepare for the assignment as a professional translator. This report is due in week 6.

You will be assessed ‘CA’ Competent or NYC (Not Competent Yet) for this assessment.


Assessment Matrix

ElementsAssessment 2Assessment 3
Assess ability to complete assignment                                               X X
Respond to assignment X X
Develop work plan X X
Review and evaluate work plan X X

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.

Other Information

 

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 course coordinator as early as possible, and before the due date for submission.
You can apply for an extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf – OR by emailing your course coordinator directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated, namely that you have been affected by unexpected or extenuating circumstances. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application. Failure to keep a back-up copy of your assessment, planned house moves, regular extra-curricular activities, other assessments and regular work commitments are not usually accepted as grounds for granting extensions.
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: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

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 automatically receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each calendar day (or part thereof) late.
2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the original 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: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/rights-and-responsibilities/appeals

Academic Integrity 
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.

If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your course coordinator or the academic integrity website: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/rights-and-responsibilities/academic-integrity
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion 
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/rights-and-responsibilities/academic-integrity –– and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations – https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/rights-and-responsibilities/student-responsibilities/conduct

Plagiarism Software 
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see: http://www.turnitin.com

Complaints Procedure: 
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
Student Complaints Policy: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/studentcomplaintspolicy 
Student Complaints Procedure: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/rights-and-responsibilities/complaints/steps-to-take
Student Complaints Form: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/v4ujvmyojugxz.pdf

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