Tools for Editing
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Analyse standard guidelines set out for editorial work, and identify scope for individual decision making.
Apply skills in the use of standard tools and techniques for editing, both in print and in electronic media.
Examine texts for variable language use, and justify their suitability for different audiences.
Appraise the effectiveness of different font and layout choices, and assess their impact on legibility.
Admitted into Master of Creative Writing
No special requirements
This unit lays the groundwork for professional editing, focusing first on the roles and skills of the editor, as defined by the editorial standards set in Australia (the Australian Standards for Editorial Practice (ASEP 2012) and the Institute of Professional Editors' Accreditation Board exam); and those set overseas by professional organisations in Canada, the US and the UK. It examines the different requirements for copyediting on hardcopy and on screen, and the 'tools' and resources editors can draw on. Reference guides in style, usage and grammar are reviewed, as well as regional (British v. American) preferences, and issues of editorial policy in relation to inclusive language. Selections in typography and layout for optimal legibility are also discussed.
- Online discussion on editing standards (20%%)
- Practical assignment on legibiltiy (40%%)
- International editing task (20%%)
- Online discussion on usage issues (20%%)