Specialist Translation 1 (SMLM152)

StaffDr ELIANA Maestri - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 2: 5 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to provide you with a thorough introduction to specialised translation, including the systems which produce them and the specific terminology they employ, as well as the tools and resources for effective specialist translation in a range of domains.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the nature of specialised languages that will enable you to translate specialist texts from the source language to the target language
  • 2. Acquire knowledge of the systems from which specialist fields of translation derive

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Develop expertise in the particular domain of specialist translation which you may wish to offer for the purposes of professional translation
  • 4. Independently of the tutor, access, evaluate and use electronic and paper-based resources

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Produce, to deadline, a substantial translation (written text) of a complex and specialised nature and present it to the required professional standards. The expertise acquired in translating for a specialised domain will be extendable to another domain for the purposes of further professional development
  • 6. Demonstrate knowledge of the profession of specialised translation and its specific context

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to and definition of specialised languages
  • Comparison of systems related to the specialist field
  • Terminology and genre-specific structures of specialist translation
  • Strategies for and tools of specialist translation
  • Critical issues in translating specialised texts
  • Professional aspects of specialist translation

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching 5Seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching 10Applied language specific translation (or interpretation) workshops (5 x 2 hours)
Guided Independent study135Private Study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of specialist translation tasks750 words1-6Written (on proforma)

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of specialist translation tasks1002750 words in total1-6Written (on proforma)

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio of specialist translation tasksPortfolio of specialist translation tasks1-6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment. 

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • Materials to be provided by the tutor and drawn from a variety of on-line and paper-based sources from the subject domain.
  • A familiarity with the texts prescribed in the module SMLM150 Translation Theory is presupposed.

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Key words search

Specialised translation, business, financial legal, medical translation