TRNS5111 Translation Studies Professional Placement

12 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodChina, EuropeFace to face
Semester 1China, EuropeFace to face
Semester 2China, EuropeFace to face
Summer teaching periodChina, EuropeFace to face
This unit provides opportunities for students to apply their translation knowledge and skills in an authentic work environment. They develop their understanding of the role of the professional translator as a member of a team, paying special attention to ethical, linguistic and technological challenges. Under the guidance of the unit coordinator, and as future professionals, students are expected to find their own work placement. They can also be directed to potential hosts in Australia or in the countries of their other language such as translation agencies, universities, chambers of commerce, local companies, newspapers or non-for-profit organisations.
Students are able to (1) develop practical in depth communication skills for their future careers as bilingual professionals; (2) critically reflect on their role as a professional translators; and (3) achieve language competence equivalent to HSK Level 9 (Chinese Proficiency Test) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Band 8 in the respective target language.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a work journal; (2) professional self reflection; and (3) translation case study/studies (for students undertaking less than 240 workplace hours). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Hélène Jaccomard
Unit rules
units to the value of 48 points in the Master of Translation Studies and Chinese specialisation: TRNS5106 Advanced Language Study (Chinese) 1
TRNS5107 Advanced Language Study (Chinese) 2; French specialisation: FREN4103 Advanced French Cultural Studies
FREN4104 Advanced Writing Skills; Italian specialisation: ITAL4102 National and Local in Italian Language and Culture
ITAL4104 Advanced Writing Skills; German specialisation: GRMN4103 Advanced German Cultural Studies
GRMN4104 Advanced Writing Skills
Contact hours
300 (workplace: 240 hours; report/assignment: 180 hours)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-SUMM-A1_2019]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.