Course Title: Maintain and enhance professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: LANG5767C

Course Title: Maintain and enhance professional practice

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5328 - Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Atsuko Taniguchi (


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  for individuals to manage their personal professional performance and to take responsibility for their professional development. This unit will be taught in a cluster with the following units:

PSPTIS501A Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments 
PSPTIS502A Prepare to translate and interpret
PSPTIS503A Apply codes and standards to ethical practice  


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS504A Maintain and enhance professional practice


1. Model high standards of performance

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Model appropriate professional techniques and strategies for effective performance.
1.2. Reflect individual responsibilities and accountabilities in personal work goals and plans in accordance with organisational and legal requirements.
1.3. Promote practitioner's role with clients, colleagues and the public.


2. Determine personal development needs.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Assess personal skills and knowledge against industry competencies and other relevant benchmarks to determine development needs and priorities.
2.2. Use feedback from colleagues and clients to identify personal learning needs and areas of professional development.
2.3. Identify future career options and career development pathways.
2.4. Seek advice on personal development needs from relevant personnel.


3. Participate in professional development activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Identify and pursue development opportunities suitable to personal learning style to support continuous learning and maintain currency of professional practice.
3.2. Participate in professional networks to support continuous learning and to maintain professional practice.
3.3. Maintain regular communication with relevant networks, organisations and individuals.

Element 4. Reflect on and evaluate professional practice.

4.1. Research developments and trends impacting on professional practice and integrate these into work performance.
4.2. Use feedback from colleagues and clients to identify and introduce improvements into work performance.
4.3. Identify and apply innovative and responsive approaches for improving professional practice.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities will be co-delivered with PSPTIS503 Apply codes and standards to ethical practice. Learning activities include practical demonstrations, simulated activities, discussions, written or online tests, logbook, checklists, and guest speakers from the industry.

Teaching Schedule

Full Time Clustered Teaching Schedule: Delivered in 12 sessions. Weekly schedule to be provided by the instructor.
This unit is a part of the cluster: Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments, Prepare to translate and interpret, Apply codes and standards to ethical practice and Maintain and enhance Professional Practice. The units may be delivered concurrently.

No Lesson UnitsAssessments
1Collect and assess assignment information.                                                                      Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments                           


PSPTIS504A (LANG5767C) assessments;

Assessment 1 – Simulated interpreting practice observation
Commencing in Week 1

Assessment 2 – Log Book
Due in week 12 or to be advised by the instructor

Assessment 3 -Report   Due in week 12 or to be advised by the instructor.                                           


2Assess ability to complete assignment
3Respond to assignment proposal.
4Analyse assignment information for planning purposesPrepare to translate and interpret
5Establish familiarity with topic and context.
6Develop work plan
7Review and evaluate work plan
8Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues.Apply codes and standards to ethical practice
9Apply ethical standards to professional practices.
10Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice
11Model high standards of performanceMaintain and enhance Professional Practice
12Determine personal development needs.
13Participate in professional development activities
14Reflect on and evaluate professional practice




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Learning material will be provided in class.


Gentile, A., Ozolins, U., & Vasilakakos, M, Liaison Interpreting, A Handbook, Melbourne University Press, 1996 AUSIT Code of Ethics and Practice

Other Resources

The unit is supported online using Blackboard. The Blackboard gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to Blackboard can be found at myRMIT

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 are not limited to, the following:

  • practical exercises
  • group discussions
  • preparing specific portfolios
  • visiting/researching potential workplaces and presenting oral or written reports 
  • teacher directed group and individual activities

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for Full Time group

This unit’s assessments are incorporated with other assessments of the ethics cluster competencies and the Interpreting cluster competencies.

Assessment 1 : Simulated interpreting practice observation ( This is co-assessed in the interpreting cluster class observation: LANG5763C & 5764C)
From Week 1 onwards you will be observed in simulated interpreting practice as part of the interpreting class activity.
Observation list will be provided with expected standard to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) for this assessment task.

Assessment 2 : Log Book ( This is co-assessed for the interpreting cluster class: LANG5763C & 5764C, and for the language proficiency cluster class: LANG5766C)
You are required to keep record of your interpreting practice, reflection, evaluation, observation of others and other professional development activities in the form of Log Book.The Log Book must have three sections as below:

  • Section 1: Interpreting practices ( This section is co-assessed for the interpreting cluster class: LANG5763C & 5764C)
    This section will include the records of your own interpreting practices and self-evaluation/reflection
  • Section 2: Observation of others ( This section is co-assessed for the interpreting cluster class: LANG5763C & 5764C)
    This section will include the records of your observation and reflection of other interpreting practitioners (your peer/classmates, professional interpreters at actual assignments, interpreters on the media etc.).
  • Section 3: Other professional development activities + LANG5767C report ( Parts of section 3 are co-assessed for the language proficiency cluster class: LANG57666C Demonstrate language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts.
    This section include will include the records of your participation, observation and reflection of your own and guided professional development activities.

Submission format to be advised ( either in USB or TURNITIN on Blackboard).

Assessment 3 : LANG 5767C Report
You required to write a report after completing Logbook Section 1,2,3.
The report must be submitted together as part of Logbook section 3.

Assessment Matrix

 Full Time Group 
ElementsAssessment 1Assessment 2Assessment 3   
Model high standards of performace                           X X    
Determine personal development needs X X X   
Participate in professional development activities.  X     
Reflect on and evalutae professional practice X X    

Other Information


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

Other Relevant Information

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 lecturer 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 –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

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:;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form:


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