CHIN 7002 - Transcultural Communication/Translation Thesis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

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 9-unit version of the thesis is for those students who do not 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 Department of Asian Studies, students are encouraged to explore a broad range of academic field expertise the Department 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 9-unit thesis should be 10,000 words in length (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 7002
    Course Transcultural Communication/Translation Thesis
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 9
    Contact 2 hours supervision per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completion of 39 units (Credit average) of core courses and electives
    Incompatible CHIN 7001, CHIN 5007
    Restrictions Available to MA(Int, Trans & Transc Comm) students only
    Assessment Annotated bibliography 10%, Thesis research proposal 10%, Thesis research proposal presentation 10%, Final thesis 70%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gerry Groot

    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 principles underpinning ‘Western’ positivist, & interpretive research

    2 To develop research capacity via one-to one research supervision students to develop the skills required for ‘Western’ research, that is: (1) to understand conventional criteria for success in Western research contexts and (2) to design and conduct a rigorous research dissertation i.e. locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned
    & 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 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 culminating in a 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Regular weekly or fortnightly meetings with supervisor/s

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

    One-to-one supervision - app. 2 hours per week 24 hours per semester

    14+ hours reading per week - 168 hours per semesterPreparation
    18+ hours preparation per week 216 hours per semesterResearch
    16+ hours research per week 192 hours per semesterTOTAL WORKLOAD 624+ hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary
    Students are expected to work closely with their supervisors towards completing their thesis
  • 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

    Semester 2 builds on Semester 1's theory and method course.

    In Semester 2 students are expected to develop their research skills in conjunction with their supervisor/s, expand their bibliography and master their theoretical framework and methodology, apply these to their research question and write up and edit their final thesis.

    Students are also expected to do a presentation to their peers and staff on their progress around week 8.

    Assessment of the thesis is based on

    Research Design & Rationale: Identification of clear research objectives and development of an appropriate research design to address these objectives;
    Quality of Argument: Presenting clear and coherent central argument;
    Use of Relevant Literature: Demonstration of ability to review and assess relevant literature and use it as the basis of an analytical framework for the thesis;
    Methodology: Understanding and justification of the use of appropriate methods and techniques, general familiarity of research design: Use of appropriate materials/data;
    Selecting and locating source materials/data that are relevant and appropriate to the research objectives, raising quality arguments, and conducting appropriate data analysis and discussion;
    General Presentation: Clear presentation and organisation of material;
    Quality of Language: Using correct and clear language expressions with appropriate attention to editing:   

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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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