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TRAN8902 – Approaches to Translation and Interpreting

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstance, Korea

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Jinhyun Cho
Lecturer
Vivian Lee
Margaret Wood
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
TRAN870 or TRAN8070
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit develops students' knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories in translation and interpreting studies from an historical perspective, building on the introduction to translation and interpreting theory in TRAN8070. The translation theories discussed expand the focus from linguistic and textual approaches, to include cultural, sociological, ideological and cognitive approaches to translation. The unit further develops cognitive and sociolinguistic theoretical approaches to the study of interpreting. The interwoven relationship between theory, practice and research is highlighted across the unit.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate a systematic understanding of translation and interpreting theories through a critical survey of past and present theories of translation and interpreting.
  • ULO2: Critically evaluate the contribution of translation and interpreting theories to our understanding of translation and interpreting as cultural, social and cognitive phenomena.
  • ULO3: Compare and contrast major approaches in translation and interpreting studies.
  • ULO4: Communicate theoretical concepts orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

General Assessment Information

Requesting an extension to assignment due date

On occasion, you may be in a situation when you aren't able to submit an assessment task on time. Extensions are only given in special circumstances, by completing a Special Consideration request. For more information on Special Consideration, see https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration  

Late submission of assignments

If you haven't been approved for an extension and you submit your assessment task late, penalties are applied. You should consult your unit convenor if you are in this position. Late submissions will receive a 5% per day penalty. If you submit the assessment task 10 days or more beyond the due date, without an approved extension, you will be awarded a maximum of 50% of the overall assessment marks. Weekends and public holidays are included

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Independent translation research project 40% Yes Week 14
Interpreting essay 40% No Week 10
Critical review 20% No Week 6

Independent translation research project

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 14
Weighting: 40%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

In TRAN 8902, you have covered a range of translation theories. In this assignment, you will be required to carry out a small independent research project, based on one of the theoretical frameworks of translation you learnt about in this unit. You will: * Formulate a research question within the framework of the translation theory you have chosen. * Collect and analyse data using a method appropriate to the research question and theoretical framework. * Interpret the data you collected by critically integrating it with the key theoretical constructs in the paradigm you have chosen. * You should present your research project in the form of a 1500-word research report. Your lecturer will provide you with guidelines on writing a research report. Your research report will be assessed based on a rubric which will be supplied on iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of translation and interpreting theories through a critical survey of past and present theories of translation and interpreting.
  • Critically evaluate the contribution of translation and interpreting theories to our understanding of translation and interpreting as cultural, social and cognitive phenomena.
  • Compare and contrast major approaches in translation and interpreting studies.
  • Communicate theoretical concepts orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

Interpreting essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 40%

 

For this assignment, you are required to write an academic essay on a topic related to interpreting theory. Your lecturer will provide you with more information on the topic. Your essay should be approximately 1500 words in length. The assignment will be assessed using a rubric provided on iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of translation and interpreting theories through a critical survey of past and present theories of translation and interpreting.
  • Critically evaluate the contribution of translation and interpreting theories to our understanding of translation and interpreting as cultural, social and cognitive phenomena.
  • Compare and contrast major approaches in translation and interpreting studies.
  • Communicate theoretical concepts orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

Critical review

Assessment Type 1: Media presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 20%

 

For this assignment, students are required to submit a critical review of an academic article, in a multimedia video format. You will be provided with a selection of articles on interpreting and translation theory, and asked to select one article. You are required to prepare and present orally a critical review of this article, in a multimedia format of your choice (a video, Prezi presentation, podcast, narrated slideshow, etc.), which should be recorded for submission. The multimedia video presentation should be 5-7 minutes in duration. The assignment will be assessed using a rubric provided on iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of translation and interpreting theories through a critical survey of past and present theories of translation and interpreting.
  • Critically evaluate the contribution of translation and interpreting theories to our understanding of translation and interpreting as cultural, social and cognitive phenomena.
  • Compare and contrast major approaches in translation and interpreting studies.
  • Communicate theoretical concepts orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

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