Writing, Editing and Publishing - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Editing exercise - structure (20%) , Assignment 2 - Editing exercise - copyediting (25%) - 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 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 practice 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 practice 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 role and responsibilities of editors and the nature of the relationship 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 basic-level, medium-level and high-level proofreading and copyediting tasks
  4. apply accepted page and screen based editing practices, editing symbols, and publishing industry terminology to basic-level, medium-level and high-level proofreading and copyediting tasks
  5. apply research skills to evaluating and reporting on a specific editorial or publishing challenge.
  • Assignment 1 — Editing exercise - structure (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Editing exercise - copyediting (25%)
  • Assignment 3 — Proof & markup editing (25%)
  • Quiz — Short & long answer responses (30%)

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

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Foundations of editing
2What does an editor do?
3Rewriting skills for editing
4Rewriting skills for editing
5Editing techniques
6Manuscript appraisal
7Structural editing
8Copyediting and proofreading
9Editing in MS Word
10Editing in MS Word
11Publishing techniques
12Introduction to publishing
13Lab class: publishing software skills (InDesign)
14Lab class: publishing software skills (InDesign)
15Summary of writing, editing and publishing techniques and skills
16*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

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