Writing, Editing and Publishing - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Editing Exercise - Structure (20%) , Assignment 2 - Editing Exercise - Copyedit (25%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

The unit provides a practical introduction to editing. Students learn about the editor's role and profession, the publishing process and editorial project management; and they learn and practise the skills needed for professional proofreading and copyediting, including language skills, on the page and the screen. Student learning is graduated through a series of successively higher-level editing tasks, which students practise thoroughly in workshops, and are assessed in before moving to a higher level.

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

  1. explain and reflect on the roles and responsibilities of editors, and the relationships between editors, writers and publishers
  2. explain and reflect on the publishing process, including the book and magazine trades, online publishing, legal issues, ethics, and design and typography
  3. learn and practice the language skills needed to undertake author communication, manuscript appraisal proofreading and copyediting tasks
  4. apply accepted page and screen based editing practices, editing symbols, and publishing industry terminology to proofreading and copyediting tasks.
  • Assignment 1 — Editing Exercise - Structure (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Editing Exercise - Copyedit (25%)
  • Assignment 3 — Editing Exercise - Proofread (25%)
  • Portfolio (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to publishing
2The role of the editor
3Manuscript appraisal & structural editing
4Editing skills
5Using MS Word
7Editing for digital delivery
9Introduction to layout and design
10Designing for print
11Designing for digital (an introduction)
12Summary of writing, editing and publishing techniques and skills

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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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