CHIN 5006 - Transcultural Comm/Translation Thesis - Extended

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The research thesis is a compulsory component of the Masters of Translation and Transcultural Communication program, and should be undertaken in the final semester of study. This 12-unit version of the thesis is for those students who wish to proceed to a PhD in the Faculty. In the first instance, students should consult the program convenor for possible topics of research. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Centre for Asian Studies, students are encouraged to explore the broad range of academic field expertise the Centre and the Faculty has to offer, namely Applied Linguistics, Literature, Translation, as well as Cultural Studies, Transcultural Communication, History, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology. This 12-unit thesis should be 14,000-16,000 words in length (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 5006
    Course Transcultural Comm/Translation Thesis - Extended
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact 2 hours supervision per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completion of 36 units (with credit average) of core courses and electives in the Master of Translation and Transcultural Communication program
    Incompatible CHIN5007
    Assumed Knowledge As per Prerequisites
    Restrictions Available to Master of Translation and Transcultural Communication students only
    Assessment Thesis (100%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Gregory McCarthy

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 To extend students’ understanding of the ontological, epistemological and axiological principles underpinning ‘Western’ positivist, interpretive, critical and postcolonial research in Asian and Pacific studies in the global context. 
    2 To introduce students to the key elements of transcultural theory, as coined by Ortiz (1940/1995) and developed in education and (Song and Cadman 2012), and to train them to conduct transcultural research in a thesis.
    3 To develop research capacity via one-to one research supervision students to develop the skills required for ‘Western’ research, that is: (1) to interrogate conventional criteria for success in Western research contexts from a transcultural perspective; (2) to design and conduct a rigorous research dissertation i.e. to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner.
    4 To facilitate students’ capacity to identify social and cultural problems and to develop effective and creative research solutions by exploring the complexities of transcultural communication in a large summative thesis format.
    5 To increase students’ understanding of appropriate scholarly argumentation for international publication, and to develop their ability to write the required genre for publishing their research through group and principally individual manuscript writing.
    6  To provide students with fundamental information about the research preparation, argumentation and synthesis. to write critical dissertation.
    7 To expand students’ command of technological tools in academic research, notably through information technology, data-base searching and bibliographical software.
    8 To inspire and strengthen students’ desire to reflect upon their own cultural heritage in relation to the prevailing conventions and values of other cultures by bringing theoretical perspectives to social analysis.
    9 To encourage students to engage in and commit to the high levels of professional integrity required to participate in the international scholarly academy.
    10 To respect diverse ethical and cultural conventions and to evaluate their impact on professional skills, responsibilities and forms of communication.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2 4,7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7,8, 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8,9, 10
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be run in  the format of one-one consultation, two hours per week with the supervisor.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    One-to-one supervision - 2 hours per week 24 hours per semester
    14 hours reading per week 168 hours per semester
    18 hours preparation per week 216 hours per semster
    16 hours research per week 192 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 624 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students have one-on-one meetings with their supervisor.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The thesis will be read by two examiners. Students are expected to make explicit theoretical and methodological approaches and to demonstrate an ability to use primary and secondary sources.
    Assessment Detail
    14000- 16000 words thesis, weighting 100%
    Details available upon enrolment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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