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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Rika Shimo-Malmberg


Previously coded TRN5010


This unit will introduce students to the issues and techniques associated with advanced translation using computers, including how to leverage the value of the online communities through blogs, podcasts and social networks. Students will be introduced to and taught to evaluate the various electronic aids to translation, such as electronic dictionaries, translation environment tools, localisation software and version control. There will be training in the use of online corpora and guidance in WWW searching in translation. Fifth-year students will be expected to demonstrate more mastery of the use of CAT tools and on-line corpora. There will be an overview of subtitling and subtitling software, as well as machine translation and its limitations.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have a greater understanding of technology and the internet from both a translation and historical perspective;
  2. have acquired experience in coping with various problems involved in creating and handling text in a multilingual environment;
  3. be equipped to use and evaluate a number of electronic aids to translation which are available;
  4. have had hands-on experience with TEnTS, translation environment tools;
  5. be competent in searching the WWW for information to assist in translation;
  6. be able to produce value-added translated texts through use of computer graphics, tables, etc.


6 Text-handling/translation tasks (3600 words): 30% +
Four short comparative analyses (600 words equivalent each): 40% +
1 Final report (3000 words) and demonstration of ability to use/evaluate softwares: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Rika Shimo-Malmberg
Leah Gerber

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 1 hour seminar, 1 x 2 hour lab) per week


APG4814, APG4813