Advanced Editing and Publishing - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Proposal (20%) , Assignment 2 - Editing journal (20%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit provides advanced practical editing instruction, and allows students to build on existing knowledge and skills. They learn and practise the skills of structural editing and appraisal, and apply editing 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 collection of writing from submission to publication is developed.

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

  1. apply the language skills needed to undertake professional-level proofreading and copyediting tasks
  2. apply advanced page and screen based editing skills to professional level proofreading and copyediting tasks
  3. constructively critique fiction and non-fiction and provide feedback in a form acceptable to the relevant author, taking into account cross-cultural and gender specificities, and ethnic and legal issues
  4. work independently and in teams to plan and execute an editing and publishing project to professional standards.
  • Assignment 1 — Proposal (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Editing journal (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Editing & publishing project (40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Written assignment (20%)

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.

  • 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

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 part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.

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