AIX301 - Advanced Writing and Translation Skills in Languages

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Alistair Welsh
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must complete one unit from AIF342, ALS350, AIB342, AIC382 or approval of unit chair

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1 hour lecture per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week (a one hour ‘break out’ online seminar group for each language cohort, with an academic from Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish)


This unit further develops students’ writing skills in their language of choice while critically engaging in different written genres in that language. In addition to writing in the target language, there is a focus on practical experience in translating authentic source texts between students’ language of specialisation and English. Practical experience is complemented by exploring key ideas in translation theory that inform contemporary practice. Students will develop key skills for effective translation, which may include using and critiquing resources such as dictionaries and automated translation tools.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Evaluate information in the target language to identify key cultural and/or linguistic features.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2 Convey key ideas through communicatively effective production of the target language.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO3 Compile translations of source texts, in pairs or small groups

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO4 Appraise translation strategies applied in group work.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Written Task 2000 words 50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Translations and Associated Analysis 2000 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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