• Class Number 4349
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

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. Students will gain the opportunity to apply to the field of translation analytical and research skills at an advanced level.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their skills as translators of non-literary material at a high level;
  2. Evaluate specialised texts which have been translated;
  3. Demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the complex linguistic and cultural problems which form part of the process; and
  4. Apply analytical and research skills at an advanced level.

    Required Resources

    Readings and practice materials will be provided on the Wattle site.

    Staff Feedback

    Students will be given feedback in the following forms during 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

    Student Feedback

    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.

    Class Schedule

    Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
    1 Course overview; on text types
    2 Register
    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
    9 Interpreting
    10 Evaluation of translation
    11 Ethics; translation and ideology
    12 Ethics; NAATI and the professional translator

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
    Assignment 1 35 % 08/04/2019 26/04/2019 1, 3, 4
    Assignment 2 15 % 24/04/2019 10/05/2019 1, 3
    Assignment 3 20 % 05/06/2019 22/06/2019 2, 3, 4
    Four short translations 25 % 25/02/2019 20/06/2019 1, 3, 4
    Wattle Forum Contribution 5 % 25/02/2019 11/06/2019 1, 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:

    Assessment Requirements

    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

    Value: 35 %
    Due Date: 08/04/2019
    Return of Assessment: 26/04/2019
    Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

    Assignment 1

    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

    Value: 15 %
    Due Date: 24/04/2019
    Return of Assessment: 10/05/2019
    Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

    Assignment 2

    A substantial translation (equivalent to c. 800 English words).

    Assessment Task 3

    Value: 20 %
    Due Date: 05/06/2019
    Return of Assessment: 22/06/2019
    Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

    Assignment 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 4

    Value: 25 %
    Due Date: 25/02/2019
    Return of Assessment: 20/06/2019
    Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

    Four short translations

    Four short translations from a variety of non-literary fields will be set for translation.

    Assessment Task 5

    Value: 5 %
    Due Date: 25/02/2019
    Return of Assessment: 11/06/2019
    Learning Outcomes: 1, 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

    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.

    Online Submission

    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.

    Hardcopy Submission

    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

    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.

    Referencing Requirements

    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.

    Returning Assignments

    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.

    Privacy Notice

    The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
    In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
    If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

    Distribution of grades policy

    Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

    Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

    Support for students

    The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

    Dr Zhengdao Ye

    Research Interests

    Semantics, Intercultural Communication, Translation Studies 

    Dr Zhengdao Ye

    Tuesday 16:00 17:00
    Wednesday 16:00 17:00
    Dr Zhengdao Ye

    Research Interests

    Dr Zhengdao Ye

    Tuesday 16:00 17:00
    Wednesday 16:00 17:00

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