Course Title: Manage complex discourse settings

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6134 Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

Course Title: Manage complex discourse settings

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage the physical setting and communication dynamics of discourses in complex settings. It requires knowledge of the nature and structure of complex interpersonal, institutional and meeting dynamics and the ability to apply effective solutions to challenges that arise during the discourse. The course includes planning the discourse, managing the communication flow, and reviewing and evaluating the discourse management process.

The complex setting may create additional demands in managing the discourse. The physical elements of the setting or number of parties involved can challenge the capacity of the interpreter to manage the discourse. 

This course will be taught in a cluster with the following courses:

  • LANG5765C Analyse, recall and reproduce source messages
  • LANG5781C Manage discourse in complex discourse settings

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS610A Manage complex discourse settings


1. Plan discourse

2. Reach agreement with participants on process

3. Manage flow of communication

4. Monitor progress of discourse

5. Evaluate discourse management

Learning Outcomes

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.

Asssessment tasks may include, but not limited to:

-teacher directed group activities
-practical exercises
-group discussions
-practical demonstration of skills in roleplays real or simulated activities