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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2021 - 2022

Module Title Japanese Scientific/Technical Translation
Module Code JA402
School SALIS

Online Module Resources

NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to the practice of translating semi-specialised scientific and technical texts at an advanced level. It helps students to build source language and target language proficiency. It is also designed to help students to use terminological and domain-specific knowledge appropriately, follow a translation brief suitably, and become aware of the demands and considerations of submitting professional translation assignments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise source language expressions and locate equivalent target language expressions in semi-specialised domains of scientific and technical knowledge
2. Employ terminological and domain knowledge that is suitable for use in semi-specialised scientific and technical texts and in a particular translation assignment
3. Select a translation strategy that is appropriate to the purpose of the text, the translation brief, or other contextual factors in a translation assignment
4. Critique the quality of and strategies employed in existing translations
5. Produce a translation in the target language of a semi-specialised, scientific or technical text in the source language that takes into consideration text cohesion and text presentation (typing, spelling, grammar, etc.)

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Directed learning22Attending synchronous teaching sessions
Independent Study20Building and reviewing a specialised language glossary
Directed learning30Completing assigned readings
Directed learning10Reviewing formative feedback on assignments
Directed learning10Reviewing content delivered synchronously (slides, translation examples, etc.)
Directed learning8Small quizzes, translation tasks, and directed discussions assigned during the semester)
Independent Study25Assignment completion (critique, translations, reflection)
Total Workload: 125

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

Indicative Content
Practical translation examples; Translation theory and practice; The importance of background research; Translation quality assessment in practice; Translating scientific/technical information for special users (e.g., children); Domain-specific knowledge (concerning, e.g., atomic science, DNA, earth sciences, medical devices, patent translation, earthquake technology, fibre optics, etc.).

Indicative Learning Activities
Completing short quizzes, cloze tests, or glossary-matching exercises; Building and maintaining a bilingual glossary of specialised language; Reading in Japanese and English about specialised translation and the work of specialised translators in theory and in practice; Comparing published target texts with published source texts or comparing different machine translation outputs and critiquing the comparisons; Producing a number of translations in line with specific translation briefs; Maintaining a reflective log to consider translation choices made and translation competences encountered in the module.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Mona Baker,Gabriela Saldanha: 2011, Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, Taylor & Francis US, 9780415609845
  • Kirsten Refsing,Lita Lundquist: 2009, Translating Japanese Texts, Museum Tusculanum Press, 9788763507776
  • Shoichi Iwasaki: 0, Japanese, 9789027238177
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ALTSBA in Applied Language & Translation Stu
BAJIBachelor of Arts (BAJI)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
MTSMaster of Arts in Translation Studies
MTTMSc in Translation Technology