Course Title: Prepare to translate and interpret

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

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Class Section: All

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Course Code: LANG5855C

Course Title: Prepare to translate and interpret

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: S0146 - Interpreting Skills for NAATI Certification

Course Contact: Bum Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9665

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teaching Staff:   Spoken languages:   Steph Palomares

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 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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS003 Prepare to translate and interpret


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.


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.


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.


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

receive assignment request and clarify scope and nature of work and conditions of engagement; identify factors that may affect assignment outcomes to determine planning needs. seek and provide clarification where required; identify personal and professional limitations in managing discourses and take necessary steps to remediate these; access and make critical use of sources of information and reference material; identify areas requiring further subject knowledge and seek additional information from client, specialist advisors, or colleagues; use reliable sources of information to ensure that knowledge of ethical issues and professional practice is current, comprehensive and relevant; apply codes and standards of ethical conduct to assignments; develop and promote strategies for dealing with possible dilemmas be prepared for NAATI certification.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1   Orientation   There are no assessments this week   Week 2             Introduction   Adhere to professional standards   Synchronous 2 Hrs   Assessment Task 1, Part 1 – Assessed ethics quiz   Assessment Task 1, Part 2 - Watch and Discuss: Ethical dilemmas   Week 3       Adhere to professional standards   Synchronous 2 Hrs   Assessment Task 2, Part 1 – Self-directed PD Research   Assessment Task 2, Part 2 - Short Answer Question   Week 4       Adhere to professional standards   Synchronous 2 Hrs   Assessment Task 3 – Class Debate   Assessment Task 4 – Cultural Challenges   Week 5       Prepare for an assignment   Synchronous 2 Hrs   Assessment Task 5, Part 1 - Booking Assessment Activity   Assessment Task 5, Part 2 – Diary Exercise   Assessment Task 5, Part 3 – Challenges and Strategies   Assessment Task 5, Part 4 – Review Planning Process   Week 6       Prepare for an assignment   Synchronous 2 Hrs    Assessment Task 5, Part 3 – Challenges and Strategies   Assessment Task 5, Part 4 – Review Planning Process        Break   Break   Week 7       Prepare for an assignment   Synchronous 2 Hrs   Mock Translation Activity   Week 8       Conduct an assignment   Synchronous 2 Hrs   Assessment Task 6, Part 1 - Analyse Special Purpose Text - News and Media Reports   Week 9       Prepare for NAATI certification   Synchronous 2 Hrs    Assessment Task 6, part 2 - Analyse special text-Scientific   Assessment Task 6, part 3 - Analyse special text-Business and Marketing Texts   Week 10        Conduct an assignment   Synchronous 2 Hrs       Week 11       Conduct an assignment   Synchronous 2 Hrs     

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:

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 Task 5, Part 1 - Booking Assessment Activity   Assessment Task 5, Part 2 – Diary Exercise   Assessment Task 5, Part 3 – Challenges and Strategies   Assessment Task 5, Part 4 – Review Planning Process

Assessment Matrix

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 – – 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:   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:   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: The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your 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 –– and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –   Plagiarism Software  The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:   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:  Student Complaints Procedure: Student Complaints Form:

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