TRNS5007 Translation Project

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
This unit offers students the opportunity to complete a supervised translation from English into the target language and vice versa. It helps students to consolidate the practical translation skills/tactics acquired in the unit by translating an original text on one of the following topics—literary, official, commercial, legal, news, science and technology and other textual genres that may be covered by professional translation. The length of the original text used for translation is up to 6000 English words or equivalent in other languages. Students also submit a portfolio of shorter passages of their choice. Students are required to submit an introduction (up to 1000 words) which provides a review and self-assessment of the translation produced. The exegesis should articulate specific translation strategies used including choice of lexis and expression, grammatical variation, strategies used to overcome cross-cultural differences, register and style, and so on. Students are encouraged to explain specific strategies used in light of the translation theories covered in the unit.
Students are able to (1) consolidate translation strategies and tactics by translating an original text and (2) show awareness of the use of appropriate strategies to deal with specific translation issues, and enhance the quality of the translation produced.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a translation (up to 6000 words) and a revision by a peer; (2) an exegesis (up to 1000 words); and (3) a portfolio of 10 translations of 250 words each. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Gibbard
Unit rules
units to the value of 24 points in the Master of Translation Studies (12520)
Contact hours
2 hour per week (for 10 weeks)
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