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PUB5003 Editing in Practice

Semester 2, 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


Pre-requisite: PUB5001

Other requisites

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


This course continues to give an overview of modern publishing practices and processes. Specifically the course introduces students to the roles editors play and the tools and procedures used in various sectors of editing and publishing, including freelance practice. There is an expectation that students will be self-directed and will participate in a directed discussion group. This course develops copyediting and structural editing skills with a focus on the principles of clear communication. Students undertaking this course are expected to have an undergraduate degree and possess sound literacy and computing skills.


Everyone working in the publishing industry needs to understand the editorial process. This course provides instruction on all levels of editing including: proofreading, copyediting and substantive or structural editing. Students will develop abilities to assess the suitability of language types for different audiences and contexts. Aspects of project management relevant to editing and publishing, such as written communication, scheduling, planning and budgeting, relating to both freelance and in-house editing practice will also be covered. An online discussion group provides a means of raising and debating issues, sharing resources and broadening awareness of current developments.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify and examine ?levels of edit? and their interrelationships
  2. apply editing skills such as written communication, proof-reading, copyediting and substantive editing for print and screen
  3. assess and edit manuscripts for a particular audience and language level
  4. apply project management techniques, evaluate the scope of a writing or publishing project, produce project documents, and anticipate the impact of editorial and design decisions on the publication project management process
  5. select, interpret and synthesise relevant information for written communication purposes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Manuscript assessment: Language, clarity and context 40.00
2. Advanced copyediting and proofreading 32.00
3. Substantive and structural editing 12.00
4. Editing project communication and management 16.00

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). (

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  • Commonwealth of Australia 2002, Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, John Wiley & Sons Aust Ltd, Brisbane.
    (Revised by Snooks & Co.)
  • Flann, E & Hill, B 2014, The Australian editing handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd, Brisbane.
  • MacKenzie, J 2011, The editor's companion, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne.
  • Whitbread, D 2009, The design manual, 2nd edn, University of NSW Press, Sydney.

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.
  • Guthrie, R 2011, Publishing principles and practice, Sage, London.
  • Sharpe, L & Gunther I 1994, Editing fact and fiction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 85.00
Private Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PARTICIPATION 100 10 04 Nov 2015 (see note 1)

  1. Students must participate throughout the semester, using the online discussion tool. In addition, students may attend occasional, voluntary live online tutorials. Participation will be graded in terms of level of engagement, 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.