module specification

TR5050 - Managing Translation (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Managing Translation
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
120 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio (2000 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

In response to a growing professionalisation of the translation industry, this module offers students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with aspects of managing the translation process from the perspective of various agents in the translation workflow. It covers aspects such as types of work in the translation industry and skills and abilities required to perform them, opportunities and challenges when entering the translation market, and professional responsibility and ethical standards in various roles in the translation industry.
By providing an employability component within the translation course, this module complements linguistic and cultural knowledge of translation students develop in other modules and prepares them to become reflective and responsible professionals in the translation industry.

Module aims

1. To introduce students to aspects of the translation process cycle (translation workflow cycle) including types of translation projects, typical work scenarios and typical professional roles in the translation industry.
2. To increase students’ awareness of professional qualifications, training possibilities as well as professional and transferable skills and attributes needed to be employable in various roles in the translation industry.
3. To develop students’ awareness and ability of dealing responsibly with ethical challenges in the translator’s work.
4. To develop students’ abilities of self-evaluation and critical reflection on their professional performance in various roles in the translation industry.


The module will be delivered in three blocks:
1. Types of work in translation industry, typical work scenarios, types of translation projects, translation process cycle, roles in translation process: skills and prerequisites.
2. Entering the translation industry: work placement, career development, work providers, finding and working with clients.
3. Professional ethics and responsibility: potential issues in the translator’s work.

Learning and teaching

The content of the module will be delivered through a combination of innovative learning and teaching techniques underpinned by a learner-centred approach, which is best suited to achieve the aim of conscious reflection on professional practices and challenges in the translation industry. Students will have an opportunity to develop their team work skills through group projects, and their reflection skills through guided independent work. Blended learning will be realised by providing guidance for independent study on WebLearn, and through WebLearn-based group projects. Students will have ample opportunities for self reflection and peer feedback. They will produce a portfolio of 3 documents focussing on the three aspects covered in the module.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. compare and contrast various types of translation work as well as roles and procedures in the translation workflow cycle;
2. evaluate their professional and transferable skills and identify appropriate ways of developing these skills with a view to gaining employment in the translation industry (including writing and evaluating their CV and cover letter for the forthcoming work placement);
3. identify and analyse problems of ethical nature in the translation profession with a view to making informed and responsible decisions in accordance with professional standards and industry norms;
4. produce and update reflective commentaries (PDP) on their own progress and achievements positing future directions with regard to skills development and managing their future professional career in the translation industry.

Assessment strategy

Since the underlying principle of the module is to develop students’ reflective skills with regard to various aspects of professional work in the translation industry, the assessment strategy is based on a combination of peer and tutor feedback (see section 18 below). The overall assessment structure ensures a balanced assessment load, to be achieved through providing formative feedback at regular intervals throughout the module.


Baker, M. (2006) Translation and Conflict: A Narrative Account. London: Routledge. (available as e-resource at LondonMet)
Bermann, S. and M. Wood (eds.) (2005) Nation, Language and the Ethics of Translation. Oxford: Princeton University Press.
Bielsa, E. and C. Hughes (eds.) (2009) Globalization, Political Violence and Translation. Palgrave Macmillan. (available as e-resource at LondonMet)
Gouadec, D. (2007) Translation as a Profession. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.  (available as e-resource at LondonMet)
Robinson, D. (2003)Becoming a Translator : An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Translation. London: Routledge. (available as e-resource at LondonMet)
Samuelsson-Brown, G. (2004) A Practical Guide for Translators. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Samuelsson-Brown, G. (2006)Managing Translation Services. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. (available as e-resource at LondonMet)
Sofer, M. (2004) The Translator’s Handbook. Rockville: Schreiber Publishing.
Translation Project Management
Translation Project Management Module