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Subject details

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. learn and practice the language skills needed to undertake author communication, manuscript appraisal, proofreading and copyediting tasks
  3. apply accepted page and screen based editing practices, editing symbols, and publishing industry terminology to proofreading and copyediting tasks.
    • Introduction to editing and publishing
    • Copyediting resources and how-to
    • Sentence punctuation
    • Proofreading resources and how-to
    • Word punctuation and spelling
    • Grammar 1
    • Grammar 2
    • Capitalisation, numbers and referencing
    • Author-editor relations and developmental editing resources
    • Developmental editing how-to
    • Themes, plot, structure and pacing
    • Careers in editing and publishing
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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


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

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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  • Proofreading (30%)
  • Copyediting (30%)
  • Developmental Editing (40%)

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