ACADEMIC RESEARCH METHODS - 2022/3

Module code: TRAM497

Module Overview

In this module, students will learn about the principal frameworks, methods and data types used in conducting research in translation and interpreting, as well as in interdisciplinary research with related fields.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

GUERBEROF-ARENAS Ana (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: 101130

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

n/a

Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Introduction to research in translation and interpreting
• Developing a research question
• Literature review, including critical reading
• Research design and research ethics
• Research in translation and interpreting process
• Research in translation and interpreting product
• Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed methods approaches (i.e. interviews, surveys, basic statistical methods)
• Presenting research projects and results.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Critical review of a research article (800-1,000 words) 30
Coursework Research proposal (1,500-2,000 words) 70

Alternative Assessment

n/a

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

• Knowledge and understanding of approaches to research in translation and interpreting.
• Ability to conduct a systematic literature review and to engage critically with existing research.
• Ability to develop and present a research proposal.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• A critical review of a research article (800-1,000 words). Students select a recent research article related to their area of interest, synthesise its main arguments and provide a critical appreciation of the research including of its methodological approach.
• A research proposal (1,500-2,000 words). Students identify an original research problem and draft a proposal for addressing this problem in a systematic way, with a focus on formulating appropriate research questions and outlining an appropriate methodology.
Formative assessment
Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.

Feedback
• Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.
• Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.
• Formative feedback will be given during students’ final presentation on a chosen research proposal.

Module aims

  • Equip students with the means to initiate and carry out their own research projects (i.e. MA dissertations, PhD proposals and theses)
  • Enable students to develop critical reading and thinking, and evaluation skills in relation to a research project cycle
  • Provide students with a sound knowledge to understand how to link research questions with methods of data collection and analysis
  • Provide students with a sound knowledge to understand how to link research questions with methods of data collection and analysis
  • Provide students with knowledge and tools to analyse and report data
  • Enable students to present and disseminate the outcomes of their research in an effective way

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the major frameworks for identifying, describing and explaining phenomena in translation and interpreting CK
002 Exercise critical judgment with respect to existing published research CP
003 Formulate appropriate research questions CT
004 Design research projects based on an understanding of how methods and data can be used in the exploration of research questions CT
005 Present projects in selected academic contexts PT
006 Conduct research in an ethical manner P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Provide students with a good understanding of research in the field of translation, interpreting and interdisciplinary studies. This is in line with the MA in Translation’s overall aims of instilling in students the capacity for carrying out independent research in these areas.

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Lectures and seminars will be interspersed with opportunities for group and whole class discussions (22 hours)
• Contact hours will be complemented with materials for and activities for guided study posted on SurreyLearn (8 hours)
• Self-study (120 hours)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Other information

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Translation MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Interpreting MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Translation and Interpreting MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Translation and Interpreting Studies MRes 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.