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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Level 1 Russian Language 1B (RUSS1042) or an equivalent qualification to the satisfaction of the Chairman/woman of the Board of Studies of MLAC or his/her representative.


  • Year 2 Beginners: Russian Grammar and Composition (RUSS2181) OR Russian Grammar and Composition (with Year Abroad Essay) (RUSS2171).

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To raise students' awareness of issues relating to translation and to practise translation, by examining a range of texts in a variety of registers in Russian/English and rendering them in English/Russian in class and in formative assessments.
  • To improve oral linguistic skills.


  • This module is made up of three strands:
  • 1) Translation into English.
  • 2) Translation into Russian.
  • 3) Oral.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    • Students will acquire skills in translating Russian into fluent English through practical sessions on translation.
    • By the end of the module they should be able to demonstrate the ability to translate unseen texts from Russian into English and English into Russian, and to discuss a range of topics in Russian.
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • The module is taught by means of weekly practicals which will be devoted to a range of sample texts from English into Russian and from Russian into English.
      • Oral classes will provide the opportunity to broaden students' vocabulary base by building on vocabulary encountered in the translation texts.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Practicals 21 Twice weekly 1 hour 42
      Preparation and Reading 158
      Total 200

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Examination Component Weighting: 75%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      two-hour written examination 100%
      Component: Oral Component Weighting: 25%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      oral examination 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Weekly grammar exercises.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University