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PUB5001 Introduction to Editing and Publishing

Semester 1, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Dallas Baker
Moderator: Rebecca Te'o

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This editing and publishing course gives an overview of modern publishing and introduces students to the roles editors play and the tools and procedures they use. Editors should have an understanding of grammar, syntax, language usage and punctuation, and be able to communicate clearly and concisely. As editors use electronic communication for much of their work, students will practise the skills online. Students undertaking this unit are expected to have an undergraduate degree and possess sound literacy and computing skills. There is an expectation that students will be self-directed and will participate in an online discussion group.


This course provides instruction on the tasks involved in publishing, with the emphasis on the editor's role. An analysis of the communication process via a range of print and digital publishing techniques will focus on audience, content, and choosing which forms of media best suit readers and their learning styles. The course introduces proofreading, copyediting and structural editing with a focus on the tools, resources and procedures required for production. Publication design, typography, and formatting will focus on readability and effectiveness of the message including consideration of tone, register and voice, as well as an analysis of appropriate formats for various screen-based devices. Legal and ethical concerns will include copyright, moral rights, plagiarism, defamation and permissions. Students will become familiar with the use of electronic communication and onscreen editing.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify the editor's role in the various stages of print and electronic publishing
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the communication process between key participants
  3. communicate professionally in a range of media
  4. analyse different material in terms of its suitability for different media, readers and learning styles
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the scope of structural editing and copy editing
  6. use standard proofreading marks effectively
  7. use on-screen techniques, principally track changes and comment functions to mark up electronic files in word processing and other software
  8. check design, typography and formatting, illustrations and tables in page proofs and mark appropriate changes
  9. demonstrate an understanding of the legal requirements of a range of publications
  10. demonstrate information literacy as well as effective electronic communication in directed discussion groups.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The publishing process and the editor's role 8.00
2. Communication via different types of media with a focus on audience 15.00
3. Editing and proofreading-stages, tools and procedures 23.00
4. Publication design, typography, illustration and formatting 23.00
5. Legal and ethical aspects of publishing 23.00
6. On-screen editing and digital publishing 8.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Commonwealth of Australia 2002, Style manual: for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Brisbane.
    (Revised by Snooks & Co.)
  • Flann, E & Hill, B 2014, The Australian editing handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Brisbane.
  • Whitbread, D 2009, The design manual, 2nd edn, UNSW Press, Sydney.
  • Macquarie Dictionary, latest edn (unabridged) OR access to the online version through

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Mackenzie, J 2011, The editor's companion, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
  • Peters, P 2004, The Cambridge guide to English usage, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Students are advised to browse through relevant web sites such as the Copyright Council, the Australian Societies of Authors, and various state societies of editors.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 85.00
Private Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MEDIUM AND AUDIENCE 100 15 02 Apr 2015
LEGAL & ETHICAL CONCERNS 100 30 12 Jun 2015
PARTICIPATION DISC GROUP 100 10 12 Jun 2015 (see note 1)

  1. Participation in Discussion Group will be graded in terms of argument and depth of understanding of issues.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.