PUB5003 Editing Practice
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course provides instruction on all levels of non-fiction copyediting. It builds on the previous course's knowledge of spelling, punctuation, italics, capitalisation, treatment of proper names, numbers, dates, dialogue and so on. The course also covers different house styles and includes marking up specific types of copy, such as references and reference lists, endmatter and preliminaries. Editorial requirements for a variety of text types will be covered, for example trade non-fiction, fiction, promotional brochures and web pages. Structural editing will start with the contents list as a structural prompt, look at the levels in the text and flesh out the content of a manuscript. Students will develop abilities to analyse flow in a text, respect the author's voice, assess the suitability of language levels for different audiences, integrate text and design, and recommend suitable additions to complement the text, for example maps and cartoons. The ability to structure content for online presentation will also be developed. An online discussion group provides a means of raising and debating issues, sharing resources and broadening awareness of current developments.