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Unit information: The Translation Industry in 2021/22

Unit name The Translation Industry
Unit code MODLM2017
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Fricker
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Students will choose from a list of approved topics related to the translation industry, research an agreed aspect and present their findings to the group via the discussion board. Indicative topics include: The translation industry in the UK and abroad; preparing for practice - developing competencies and skills; ethics and codes of practice; quality assurance; the business of translation. The unit tutor will have recent first-hand knowledge of the translation industry.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Be familiar, through independent research, with the key features of today's translation industry
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for working as a freelance translator, an agency employee or a project manager.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to reflect on the student's own preparation for the translation industry
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with the requirements for running a translation business.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered online through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Information

A 2,000-word essay: 40% (ILOs 1-2)

A portfolio containing a reflective log of 2,500 words on the individual student's preparation for practice: 60%. (ILOs 1-4)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.