Course Title: Apply codes and standards to ethical practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: LANG5854C

Course Title: Apply codes and standards to ethical practice

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5364 - Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

Course Contact: Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact Email:

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


Course Description

This unit describes the skills required to ensure that translators and interpreters apply current and relevant standards of professional and ethical behaviour in general settings. The unit requires knowledge of the industry's professional codes of ethics and their application to practice. It requires the ability to consider a range of ethical issues and to reflect on and continuously develop professional practice.

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

PSPTIS001 Apply codes and standards to ethical practice


1. Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use reliable sources of information to ensure that knowledge of ethical issues and professional practice is current, comprehensive and relevant.

1.2 Maintain professional relationships and networks to facilitate awareness of current issues.

1.3  Analyse applicable codes of ethics and conduct and their relationship to work practices.


2. Apply ethical standards to professional practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and examine factors that impact on professional and ethical decision making.

2.2 Apply codes and standards of ethical conduct to assignments.

2.3 Develop and promote strategies for dealing with possible dilemmas.

2.4  Promote ethical standards and practice with clients, colleagues and others.


3. Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Reflect on and evaluate ethical practices in work assignments.

3.2 Monitor and review practice in relation to standards of ethics and conduct.

3.3 Seek advice and feedback on performance to improve ethical practice.

3.4  Participate in professional development activities and networks to address identified needs in current ethical practice.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Ethics cluster with LANG5855C Prepare to translate & interpret, 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, presentation, and report writing.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching will commence in the week of July 17 2017 ( Week 1) and finish in the week of October 16 2017 ( Week 13) including assessments. Detailed weekly schedule will be provided by the instructor in Week 1. Below is a sample;


LANG5855C Prepare to Translate and Interpret

LANG5854C Apply Codes & Standards to Ethical Practice

BUSM6508C Conduct career planning

Notes : This is a sample delivery and assessment schedule for spoken language group. AUSLAN schedule to be provided by the instructor.

Element delivery and assessment

Element delivery

Element delivery



Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues

Identify scope and nature of work context



Assess ability to complete assignment

Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues




Respond to assignment

Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues




Develop work plan


Apply ethical standards to professional practices




Review and evaluate work plan

Apply ethical standards to professional practices





Apply ethical standards to professional practices

Conduct self-assessment



-Submission of Mock assignment report

Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice

Investigate career options




Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice

Develop an individual career plan



Last session: Revision of course

Last session: Revision of course

Last session: Revision of course




-In class written test

-Submission of report  + Logbook


Assessment tasks

AT1: Mock assignment report

AT2: Mock assignment report

AT1:Knowledge Quiz

AT2: Written test

AT1: Logbook ( co-assessed in LANG5856C )

AT2: Career planning report

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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 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


AT1: Knowledge quiz about interpreting profession/industry ( co-assessed for BUSM6508C)

AT2: LOG BOOK ( co-assessed for BUSM6508C and interpreting cluster LANG5856C& 5858C) ( template to be provided)

*8 weeks project ( Week 2-10): Records of interpreting self-practice, observation of other interpreters, and mock professional development activities

AT3: Written test: application of knowledge related to ethical /professional practice


Assessment Matrix

  AT1Knowledge quiz AT2 logbook AT3 Written test
 Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues X X X
 Apply ethical standards to professional practices X X X
 Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical 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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