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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to publishing
    • The role of the editor
    • Manuscript appraisal & structural editing
    • Editing skills
    • Using MS Word
    • Copyediting
    • Editing for digital delivery
    • Proofreading
    • Introduction to layout and design
    • Designing for print
    • Designing for digital (an introduction)
    • Summary of writing, editing and publishing techniques and skills
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis

At the completion of this subject 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%)
  • Assignment 4 - Portfolio (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject 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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