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Specialised Translation (TRAN90003)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeTRAN90003
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students will be trained in specialised fields of English-Chinese translation in this subject. They will choose to work in two of the following specialisations: business & commerce, journalistic writing; public & government; political speeches; and literary writing. Through lectures and discussions, students will develop understanding of skills and techniques required for specialised translation. Students will complete translation assignments regularly throughout the semester and be given regular individual feedback from the coordinator using online tools. Through practical translation tasks and practice activities, students will familialise themselves with genre-specific linguistic features of the source and target languages, and develop professional translation skills in the chosen specialisation areas.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to autonomously improve and adapt their professional skills
  • have a sound understanding of the theories underpinning the specialised areas of translation
  • have a sound understanding of the range of technologies used in translation
  • have native speaker competence in English or Chinese and at least near-native competence in the other language, professionally enhanced through the study of translation in selected specialised fields.
  • have the ability to translate to publication quality in selected specialised genres, including managing terminology, and accessing research tools
  • have high level skills at negotiating the cultural and intellectual boundaries of the English- and Chinese-speaking worlds
  • develop the ability to use translation technologies to enhance productivity be able to produce high quality translations that demonstrate the integration and application of theory and technical skills

Generic skills

On completion of this subjects, students will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Bilingualism: Translation entails the highest possible degree of written competence in at least two languages, with an acute capacity for metalinguistic awareness, and a preparedness to continually improve.
  • Intercultural understanding: Translation requires the practitioner to be deeply engaged with two cultures and to understand how to mediate between them on behalf of people who do not share both cultures.

Decision making: Translators are creative decision makers who need to draw on multiple sources of data to form judgments that are seldom clear-cut, and who are prepared to defend their decisions and to revise them when necessary.

Last updated: 11 November 2018