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TRAN8077 – General Translation Practice

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Sarah Forget
Margaret Wood
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to GradDipTransInter or MAdvTransInterStud or MTransInter or MTransInterMAppLingTESOL or MTransInterMIntRel or MConfInt
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit aims to develop students' competence as translators at the basic level. The focus is placed particularly on understanding the process of translation and applying skills and techniques to the translation of a wide range of text types. At this level, the focus will be on the achievement of equivalence at various levels (e.g. textual level), and the exploration of key translation problems and their solutions.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Develop translation skills and knowledge to translate short texts of a general nature.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate the ability to undertake research for the purpose of translation.
  • ULO3: Critically analyse source and target texts.
  • ULO4: Explain translation choices in the context of self-reflection.
  • ULO5: Develop the ability to evaluate and edit target texts.
  • ULO6: Work efficiently as a translation team.
  • ULO7: Develop knowledge of professional ethics to translation tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Translation assignments 30% No TBD
Online Timed Exam 40% No Examination week
Group translation project 30% Yes Week 13

Translation assignments

Assessment Type 1: Translation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 18 hours
Due: TBD
Weighting: 30%

 

250 word translation tasks in both directions with annotations and reflections associated with translation tasks

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop translation skills and knowledge to translate short texts of a general nature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake research for the purpose of translation.
  • Critically analyse source and target texts.
  • Explain translation choices in the context of self-reflection.
  • Develop the ability to evaluate and edit target texts.
  • Work efficiently as a translation team.
  • Develop knowledge of professional ethics to translation tasks.

Online Timed Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: Examination week
Weighting: 40%

 

Students are provided with three examination options to choose from:

  1. One English text to be translated into LOTE with annotations and one LOTE text to be translated into English with annotations (40%); or
  2. Two English texts to be translated into LOTE with their respective annotations (40%); or
  3. Two LOTE texts to be translated into English with their respective annotations(40%).

 

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop translation skills and knowledge to translate short texts of a general nature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake research for the purpose of translation.
  • Critically analyse source and target texts.
  • Explain translation choices in the context of self-reflection.
  • Develop the ability to evaluate and edit target texts.
  • Work efficiently as a translation team.
  • Develop knowledge of professional ethics to translation tasks.

Group translation project

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 18 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 30%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

1000 words per student, with individual commitment component and group presentation

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop translation skills and knowledge to translate short texts of a general nature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake research for the purpose of translation.
  • Critically analyse source and target texts.
  • Explain translation choices in the context of self-reflection.
  • Develop the ability to evaluate and edit target texts.
  • Work efficiently as a translation team.
  • Develop knowledge of professional ethics to translation tasks.

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.

Policies and Procedures

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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Student Code of Conduct

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Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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.  

How to apply for a late submission of an assignment

All requests for special consideration, including extensions, must be submitted via  https://ask.mq.edu.au/ and provide suitable supporting documentation. Contact your unit convenor first for advice, especially in the case of an emergency or if you are unsure about the extension policy.

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