Course Title: Use translation technology

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: LANG5773C

Course Title: Use translation technology

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6133 - Advanced Diploma of Translating

Course Contact : Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mr. Bum LEE -

Ms. Binglee TEH -

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 course describes the outcomes required to use commercial translation technologies designed to streamline and speed translation tasks. It requires sound understanding of the applications and limitations of the technology. It also requires the ability to reflect the purpose and potential use of the source information in the translation and its implications for the technology.

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

  • LANG5771C Quality Assure Translations
  • LANG5773C Use Translation Technology
  • LANG5777C Translate Multimedia Source Material
  • LANG5778C Prepare Translated Transcript

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS612A Use translation technology


1. Prepare to use translation technology

Performance Criteria:

PC will be provided in class


2 Translate source text to draft target text using translation technology

Performance Criteria:

PC will be provided in class


3 Manually check draft translation

Performance Criteria:

PC will be provided in class


4 Evaluate use of translation technology

Performance Criteria:

PC will be provided in class

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

There will be simulated activities in and outside of translation lab / classroom on individual or group basis. You will be involved in the production of translated texts / transcripts following the translation brief in the requested electornic file format using translation technology.

Teaching Schedule

This unit is taught and assessed in a cluster, which includes LANG5773C Use Translation Technology, LANG5771C Quality Assure Translations, LANG5778C Prepare Translated Transcript and LANG5777C Translate Multimedia Source Material.

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Orientation Overview of units

Distribution of Assessment Task 1

Assessment Task 1 (Part A - Online Quiz)

Use Translation Technology
  1. Prepare to use translation technology
  2. Translate source text to draft target text using translation technology
  3. Manually check draft translation
  4. Evaluate use of translation technology
Quality Assure Translations
  1. Prepare to quality assure translation
  2. Compare translated text to source text
  3. Propose amendments to translation
  4. Submit quality assured translation


Assessment Task  1 (Peer Checking) DUE: Assessment Task 1
Prepare Translated Transcript
  1. Prepare for audiovisual transcription
  2. Prepare transcripts of source material
  3. Draft translation of transcripts of source material
  4. Check draft translations of transcripts
  5. Finalise translation
  6. Maintain safe record keeping practices

Distribution of Assessment Task 2

Translate Multimedia Source Material

  1. Prepare to translate
  2. Draft translation
  3. Adapt draft translation to requirements
  4. Check draft translation
  5. Finalise translation
Assessment Task 2 (Transcription + Subtitling)

DUE: Assessment Task 2

Assessment Task 3 - Online Quiz

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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:
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

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:

- practical demostration in the computer laboratory of the use of translation technology

- translation memory built up during the study period

- translation assignments involving use of technology

- test/essay to evidence understanding of issues in computer translation and human translation

Assessment Tasks

You must complete all THREE assessment tasks to be assessed Competent for this unit and the cluster.

Instructions, requirements and assessment criteria for all assessments will be provided by instructor in accordance to teaching schedule.

Assessment Task 1 - Simulated Translation Project (Due: Class 3)

  • Units assessed: LANG5775C (or LANG5776C), LANG5771C, LANG5773
  • You must successfully complete Part A - an online quiz on the content delivered in Class 1 before proceeding with this assessment. Further details about the quiz will be provided by instructor.
  • This project involves translation of a passage of approx. 500 words (chosen by you and approved by instructor) using a computer aided software, other relevant translation technology and software and hardware e.g. OCR, scanner, spell checker. The translated passage then will be peer reviewe, from which you will receive feedback.
  • Submission must be accompanied by a completed Cover Sheet for Submission of Work for Assessment downloadable via
  • In marking your overall work, your instructors will take into account how well you demonstrate the key performance criteria for the above units.

Assessment Task 2 - Simulated subtitling and transcription project. (Due: Class 5)

  • Units assessed: LANG5777C, LANG5778C
  • This is a subtitling activity which involves transcribing, translating and subtitling using relevant software. In marking your work, your instructors will take into account how well you demonstrate the key performance criteria for the above units.
  • Submission must be accompanied by a completed Cover Sheet for Submission of Work for Assessment downloadable via

Assessment Task 3 - Online Quiz

  • Units Assessed: LANG5771C, LANG5773, LANG5777C, LANG5778C
  • Description: Online quiz based on readings uploaded on Blackboard. This assessment consists of 20 questions.
  • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Not-Yet-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 75% of your questions correct.
  • Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours

Grading information

This course uses 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.

 Important: Students must complete each and every assessment and be assessed competent in each and every assessment in order to pass the relevant unit(s) and the whole cluster.

Assessment Matrix

<thead> <th scope="col">Elements</th> <th scope="col">Assessment Task 1</th> <th scope="col">Assessment Task 2</th> <th scope="col"> Assessment Task 3  </th> </thead>
Prepare to use translation technology X X X
Translate source text to draft target text using translation technology X X
Manually check draft translation X X X
Evaluate use of translation technology X X X

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 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:

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:

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:


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