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PL50977: Extended translation project

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 30 [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 600
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Dissertation period
Assessment Summary: DS 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: This unit is only available to students on the MA in Translation with Business Interpreting (Chinese)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the unit, students will be able to:
* critically develop a methodological and theoretical framework for carrying out an extended piece of translation;
* demonstrate a full understanding and a critical awareness of key issues in translation;
* critically reflect on their own practice in order to develop further insight into the work of the professional linguist, drawing on appropriate theoretical models.

Aims: The aim of the project, which represents the dissertation element of the MA in Translation for Business (Chinese), is to allow students to demonstrate that they have acquired a comprehensive understanding of the issues and processes involved in translating to a professional standard.

Skills: The project requires students to exercise self-direction in selecting, planning and implementing an appropriate translation. They must use original and independent thinking to deal with complex linguistic issues, and in tackling and solving problems. The report which accompanies the translation allows them to develop skills around critical thinking, use of theoretical sources and cogent expression of an argument in written form.

Content: Students choose a text for translation (10,000 words or equivalent in Chinese characters) related to one of the areas of specialism developed in the programme of study, in agreement with their supervisor. The completed translation is accompanied by a report of 5,000 words providing a commentary on their translation strategy, which must draw on suitable theoretical models.

Programme availability:

PL50977 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THPL-AFM26 : MA Translation with Business Interpreting (Chinese)


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