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TRAN8083 – Research Project in Translation and Interpreting Studies

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

Notice

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Sarah Forget
12 SW, Room 552
By appointment
Convenor
Marc Orlando
12 SW, Room 554
By appointment
Tutor
Jan-Louis Kruger
12 SW, Room 523
By appointment
Tutor
Jean Cho
12 SW, Room 520
By appointment
Tutor
Jing Fang
12 SW, Room 517
By appointment
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
TRAN908 or TRAN8908 or APPL902 or APPL8020
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit will focus on individual research projects in translation and interpreting in order to enhance students' research capability. Students will be required to identify research problems based on personal learning reflections in areas such as skill development specific to translation and interpreting, data gathering and data analysis. Students will then be guided by individual supervisors to explore the identified research questions. Research supervisors will solidly guide students in terms of research design, data gathering and research implementation. Based on critical readings, classroom and/or online discussions, and feedback from supervisors, students will have an opportunity to further sophisticate techniques and methods of doing research by pursuing an area of research that is close to their own.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Assess the appropriateness of a research proposal with focused research questions and methodology.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate familiarity with translation and interpreting studies literature.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate critical analysis of translation or interpreting problems.
  • ULO4: Discuss and analyse findings of translation or interpreting research.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate an understanding of research methodology and apply it in an extended research project.
  • ULO6: Display an appropriate level of understanding of relevant literature

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Research report 60% No Week 13
Literature review 40% No Week 8

Research report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 55 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 60%

The final assessment task should report the details of individual independent research projects in approximately 5,000 words. It should include introduction, literature review, methodology, results and discussion, and conclusion.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Assess the appropriateness of a research proposal with focused research questions and methodology.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with translation and interpreting studies literature.
  • Demonstrate critical analysis of translation or interpreting problems.
  • Discuss and analyse findings of translation or interpreting research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methodology and apply it in an extended research project.

Literature review

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 40%

This assignment requires students to review and extend the literature review that they completed for their final assessment in APPL902. Drawing on the tutor feedback provided in APPL902, the revised literature review (approximately 3,000 words) will be prepared as the final version to be presented in the research project report (Assignment 2). In addition, an annotated bibliography, general and specific, of ten new references that are directly relevant to their research project must be included.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with translation and interpreting studies literature.
  • Demonstrate critical analysis of translation or interpreting problems.
  • Display an appropriate level of understanding of relevant literature

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

Delivery and Resources

Resources and information about the unit delivery are available in iLearn.

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Results

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Late Assignment Submission

  • Late submissions without an extension will receive a penalty of 5% of the total mark available for the assignment per day
  • Late submission of an assignment without an extension will not be permitted after marks have been released to the rest of the class.
  • Extensions will only be given in special circumstances, and can be requested by completing the Special Consideration request at ask.mq.edu.au and providing the requisite supporting documentation. For more information on Special Consideration, see the university website https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration
  • Assignments submitted after the deadline, regardless of the reason, will be marked and returned at a date determined by the unit convenor.
  • Extensions cannot continue beyond the start of the following semester except under exceptional circumstances, and students should be aware that long extensions may impact graduation dates.  

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