ATS3045 - From translation to interpreting in Chinese 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Chinese Studies


Mrs Hailan Paulsen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit consists of a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, and practical sessions commencing with an introduction to the concepts, techniques and background knowledge of interpreting skills. After the introductory module introducing the history and procedures of interpreting, topics covered will include Culture and Education, Public Health, Social Issues, and Tourism.


This unit aims to train bilingually proficient students in the role, theory, ethics, and practice of inter-cultural verbal communication. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of the differences between verbal and non-verbal interpreting skills and concepts underlying principles and practice of interpreting and a recognition of the specific requirements of different types of interpreting
  2. improved linguistic competence as well as verbal and non-verbal interpreting competence in both Chinese and English; fundamental skills and strategies essential to interpreting; techniques for summarizing, memory enhancement, note taking, public speaking skills; the ability to undertake various kinds of real-life communicative activities situations and explore solutions to problems involved in decoding and encoding messages in the process of interpreting
  3. enhanced multicultural understanding, as a prerequisite to interpreting and the ability to communicate culturally specific information into an understandable format in the target language


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS3044 or by permission


ATS2045, ATS2051, ATS3051, ATS4043