Course Title: Apply codes and standards to professional judgement

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: LANG5772C

Course Title: Apply codes and standards to professional judgement

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6111 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ken Shimizu +61 3 9925 9665

Nominal Hours: 20

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 covers skills and knowledge required to ensure that translators and interpreters apply current and relevant standards of professional and ethical behaviour in complex settings. The unit requires knowledge of professional codes of ethics and their application to interpreting and translating practice. It requires the ability to consider a range of professional issues and to reflect on and continuously develop a highly informed approach to practice.

This unit will be delivered in a cluster with the following units:

LANG5761C Prepare to translate and interpret.
LANG5760C Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS603A Apply codes and standards to professional judgement


1. Research ethical and professional issues

2. Develop professional practices and knowledge.

3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgment to practice.

Performance Criteria:

1. Research ethical and professional issues

1.1. Maintain detailed knowledge of ethical and professional practice and issues using reliable sources of information.
1.2. Maintain productive professional relationships to facilitate awareness of current issues.
1.3. Monitor and analyse trends to anticipate developments and directions in the field.
1.4. Research industry discussion of professional ethical codes applied to the practitioner role.

2. Develop professional practices and knowledge.

2.1. Analyse applicable codes of ethics and conduct and their relationship to work practices and the exercise of professional judgement.
2.2. Integrate developments and trends impacting on professional practice into work performance.
2.3. Identify current approaches for maintaining and improving professional judgement and development.

3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgment to practice.

3.1. Reflect on and evaluate professional practices in work goals and plans.
3.2. Apply and promote ethical standards, codes and practices with clients, colleagues and others.
3.3. Identify and examine factors that impact on professional and ethical decision making and exercise professional judgement in choosing

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

lectures, individual and group projects, discussions, peer reviewed tasks, simulated activities

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule will be delivered in class by the teacher.

** Please note that this schedule covers learning activities and topics for LANG 5760 LANG 5761 and LANG 5772.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will have access to readings and suggested links on Blackboard

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.

The assessment tasks/activities may include, but are not limited to: 
- Role plays
- Observation checklists 
- Teacher directed group activities 
- Individual/group research activities within the T&I industry and/or relevant domains to the professional practice such as courts, hospitals, trade expos etc.
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

Assesment Task 1: (Individual or group) simulated translating or interpreting assignment. They will be expected to research, negotiate, prepare and reflect on own practice. They will be expected to research any ethical or professional issues relevant to the assignment. Research may include contacting relevant industry associations, members of these associations, practitioners and professional from other relevant fields. This assessment task will also be used to assess elements from LANG5760, 5761 and 5767.

This task will be assessed COMPETENT or NOT YET COMPETENT.

Assessment Task 2: Class test using simulated scenarios and/or case studies in which you will be expected to demonstrate understanding and application of ethical and professionals to practice. (Element 2-3).  

Both tasks will be used for grading purposes.

Assessment Matrix

Refer to Assessment Matrix on Blackboard for each assessment.

Other Information

Grading Schedule:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CP - Competent with Pass
NYC - Not Yet Competent

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

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Extension of time for submission of assessable work:
Circumstances may arise which prevent students from completing an assessment task on time. In certain circumstances a student may be entitled to apply for an extension to the due date.
Extensions of 7 calendar days or less:
Students seeking an extension of 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the School.
Extensions of greater than 7 working days:
Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy , preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

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