Advanced Editing and Publishing - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Proposal (15%) , Assignment 2 - Written assignment (15%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,450.00
International 2,700.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication.

This unit provides advanced practical editing instruction, and allows students to build on existing knowledge and skills. They learn and practice the skills of editing and appraisal, and apply these to a real-world editing and publishing project in which project management skills, high-level editing skills, and professional skills are utilised. The capacity to work independently and collaboratively to take a written text from submission to publication is developed. Students also learn to analyse and reflect on issues relevant to contemporary publishing industries.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. learn and practice the language skills needed to undertake professional-level editing tasks
  2. develop advanced page and screen based editing skills and apply them to professional-level editing tasks
  3. constructively critique fiction and non-fiction and assess their suitability for audiences and markets, taking into account cultural and gender specificities, and ethical and legal issues
  4. work independently and in teams to plan and execute a multi-platform editing and publishing project to professional standards
  5. apply research skills to evaluating and reflecting on a specific editing or publishing issue.
  • Assignment 1 — Proposal (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written assignment (15%)
  • Assignment 3 — Editing & publishing project (40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Research essay (30%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The economics of publishing
2The editing and publishing team
3Publication project management
6Advanced structural editing
7Advanced copyediting
8Copyediting in InDesign
9Design and layout for e-pubs
10Publishing and distribution
11*Note: Topics are sometimes altered in response to student feedback and to reflect changes and new information in the field.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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