LING40350 Translation AL

Academic Year 2023/2024

*** Not available in the academic year indicated above ***

This course is designed to identify and discuss basic concepts and problems in the area of Translation Studies as well as provide an overview of translation as a profession. The module is not language specific. It will however have a theoretical and pragmatic component with specific hands-on activities.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students should be able to:
- demonstrate usage and understanding of the processes involved in translating (especially understanding that translation cannot be reduced to a purely linguistic activity based on word correspondence),
- understand the cultural nature of translation,
- identify different activities and trends in the translation market,
- identify different translation strategies and techniques.

Indicative Module Content:

Students will be introduced with the following concepts:
- Various modes and methods of translation (technical translation, literary translation, sight translation, differences between translating and interpreting, sign language interpretation, simultaneous interpretation, conference interpretation, source/target language, etc.)
- The practice of translation (language industry, translation as a profession, translation and EU multilingualism, standards and ethics, market prices, proofreading, revision, etc.)
- Central issues in translation (concept of equivalence, translatability, translating language-cultures, etc.)
- Translation strategies and techniques (normalisation, simplification, translation universals, etc.)
- Social functions of the translator/interpreter
- Computer-assisted translation
- Audiovisual translation (subtitling, dubbing, fan-subbing, etc.)
- Website/software localisation
- Introduction to machine translation (rule-based, statistical and neural translation), post-editing and automatic speech recognition.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Combined approach between theoretical content and hands-on activities. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
It is highly advised to have at least a B1 level in any foreign language (Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) to be able to pass the module.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Machine translation and post-editing analysis Week 12 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Analysis of translation strategies Week 6 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback: Summative assessment form and general comments

Name Role
Mr Tony Hopkins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Máire Ní Chiosáin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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