- Class Number 4525
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic General
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Zhengdao Ye
- Dr Zhengdao Ye
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course investigates the problems regularly encountered in the process of cross-language and cross-cultural transfer as found in texts not classifiable as literary, and in material other than the written word. We begin by exploring genres of translation and establishing our focus on vocational, specialised or practical forms. We proceed to explore general principles and criteria for evaluation, and look at topics such as translation in international organizations, public service translation, technical translation, machine translation, interpreting, audiovisual translation and the design and use of dictionaries and other works of reference. Staff from across ANU, including among them experienced translators, contribute to this course, allowing students to work from a wide range of languages.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate their skills as translators of non-literary material at a high level;
- Evaluate specialised texts which have been translated; and
- Demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the complex linguistic and cultural problems which form part of the process.
Readings and practice materials will be provided on the Wattle site.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Specific written comments on your translations and assignments
- General feedback in lectures and tutorials
- In–class, forum, and tutorial discussion
- In person during office hours or by appointment
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course overview; on text type|
|3||Methods of translation|
|4||Public service translation|
|5||Technical translation; legal translation|
|6||Translation in the age of globalisation and digitalisation|
|7||Audio-Visual Translation (AVT)|
|8||Advertising and localisation|
|10||Evaluation of translation|
|11||Ethics; translation and ideology|
|12||Ethics; NAATI and the professional translator|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment 1||35 %||08/04/2019||26/04/2019||1, 3|
|Assignment 2||25 %||05/06/2019||22/06/2019||2, 3|
|Four short translations||30 %||25/02/2019||20/06/2019||1, 3|
|Tutorial Participation||5 %||25/02/2019||31/05/2019||1, 2, 3|
|Wattle Forum Contribution||5 %||25/02/2019||11/06/2019||2, 3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
There is no examination at the end of this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3
A substantial translation (c. 800 words) with commentary (c. 1200 words) on the process of translation and the problems encountered in the particular text and justification of choices made.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3
A critique (c. 1200 words) of an existing translation, into or from English, according to individual student preference. If more than one translation is available, the versions may be compared.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3
Four short translations
Four short translations from a variety of non-literary fields will be set for translation.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Tutorials will be task-based. They aim to create opportunities for students to build on translation skills and develop their own ‘translation toolbox’.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3
Wattle Forum Contribution
Wattle Forum Contribution aims to create a platform for students to share resources and ideas arising from their own translation experience.
Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Assignments are generally returned within two weeks of submission. Please be aware that the marking of assignments in this course often involves a second marker in another college and may take longer.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Resubmission of assignments is not normally permitted. Students who have failed an assignment and who have special consideration grounds (medical or counselling service) may make a case for resubmission, but it is not automatically given.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Semantics; Pragmatics; Intercultural Communication; Translation Studies
Dr Zhengdao Ye