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Unit Overview


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.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOverseas or Australia or remoteFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodOverseas or Australia or remoteFace to face
Semester 1Overseas or Australia or remoteFace to face
Semester 2Overseas or Australia or remoteFace to face

Students are able to (1) apply ethical and professional conduct under real-life conditions; (2) develop practical in depth communication skills for their future careers as bilingual professionals; (3) critically reflect on their role as a professional translators; and (4) achieve higher language competence in their language pair.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a work diary; (2) professional reflective report; and (3) host's evaluation

further information is available in the unit outline. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Anna Gadd
Unit rules
Successful completion of
48 points Unit(s) 12520 Master of Translation Studies (ID 346) and prior approval
Contact hours
300 (including 240 workplace hours)
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.