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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Translation Technology
Module Code LC501
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sheila Castilho Monteiro De Sousa
Semester 2: Sheila Castilho Monteiro De Sousa
Autumn: Sheila Castilho Monteiro De Sousa
Module TeachersJoss Moorkens
Sheila Castilho Monteiro De Sousa
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Students will have the opportunity to resubmit an amended version of their original written report or critical essay.

Aiming to develop knowledge, skills and competence in the field of translation technology, this module introduces students to specialist technologies used in the translation industry, giving students hands-on experience of these technologies, and encouraging critical reflection on their value. Students are expected to attend lectures and laboratory sessions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of translation memory technology.
2. Use at least one commercial translation memory tool.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of contemporary machine translation.
4. Optimize texts for machine translation or for human translation completed using a translation memory tool.
5. Critically evaluate contemporary translation technologies and texts produced using these technologies.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12No Description
Laboratory24Hands-on sessions
Independent Study214work with translation memory tools and machine translation systems; set reading and independent reading; preparation of assignments
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Technology applications in modern translation practices
Students will be sensitised to a range of trechnologies routinely used in modern translation offices.

Familialisation with translation memory technology
Students will be familiarised with translation memory technology as the key computer-aided tool used in the profession.

Introduction to machine translation technology
Students will develop an understanding of the state of the art machine translation and related technologies and their applications in the profession.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentPractical project requiring students to use the Analyse tool in a Translation Memory system and to carry out a substantial amount of translation a Translation Memory system, with a view to ascertaining the properties of source texts that make them amenable to TM-supported translation. Students deliver a commentary on the analysis and translation process.40%Week 7
ProjectMachine translation project. Typically students evaluate a machine translation system, using a variety of techniques, and report on their findings in a critical 3,000 word essay.60%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bowker, Lynne: 2002, Computer Aided Translation Technology: A Practical Introduction, Ottawa University Press, Ottawa,
  • Daelemans, W. & Hoste, V.: 0, Linguistica Antverpiensia: Evaluation of Translation Technology 8/2009,
  • Hartley, T.: 2009, The Routledge Companion to Translation Studies, Routledge, London/New York,
  • Hutchins, John and Somers, Harold: 1992, An Introduction to Machine Translation, Academic Press, London/San Diego,
  • O'Hagan, M.: 2009, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2nd, Computer-aided Translation (CAT), Routledge, London,
  • Quah, Kim Chuah: 2006, Translation and Technology, Palgrave Macmillan, New York,
  • Somers, Harold: 2003, Computers and Translation: A translator s guide, John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia,
  • Trujillo, Arturo: 1999, Translation Engines: techniques for machine translation, Springer, London,
  • Sprung, Robert (ed): 2000, Translating into Success: Cutting-edge strategies for going multilingual in a global age, John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GCTTSGrad Cert in Translation Technology
MTSMaster of Arts in Translation Studies
MTTMSc in Translation Technology
Date of Last Revision19-OCT-09

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