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PUB5004 Professional Practice in Editing and Publishing

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Prof Prac in Edit & Publish
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100799 - Communication and Media Studie
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Shayla Olsen


Pre-requisite: PUB5001

Other requisites

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


To perform effectively in the publishing industry graduates need a range of professional skills beyond editing and production skills. This course introduces these skills and also details many of the issues that arise when working on editing and publishing projects in a contemporary environment. The course supports the student to develop the skills needed at every stage of the editing and production process including: communicating and negotiating with authors, clients and publishing professionals; identifying, analysing and discussing ethical and legal concerns associated with a publishing project, and the ability to critically reflect on their professional practice as editors or publishing professionals.


This course introduces a range of professional knowledge and skills needed in the editing and publishing field. The course outlines interpersonal communication skills such as effective verbal and written communication and negotiation, as well as outlining ethical issues relating to editing and publishing. The course also explores legal issues in the publishing domain such as copyright and defamation. The course also introduces the knowledge and skills required to participate effectively in the editing and publishing industry as both team members and leaders. Finally, the course covers the need for editing and publishing professionals to engage in critical reflection.


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

  1. identify, analyse and discuss core aspects of professional relationships in editing & publishing
  2. demonstrate effective written communication in an editing & publishing context
  3. identify, analyse and discuss ethical issues in editing & publishing
  4. identify, analyse and discuss legal issues in editing & publishing
  5. identify, analyse and discuss team work & leadership skills in an editing & publishing environment
  6. critically reflect on their professional practice as editors & publishers.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Professional relationships and communication in editing & publishing 20.00
2. Ethical issues in editing & publishing 20.00
3. Legal issues in editing & publishing 20.00
4. Team work & leadership 20.00
5. Critical reflection for editors & publishers. 20.00

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. (

Australian Copyright Council 2013, Copyright & online technologies, Australian Copyright Council, Strawberry Hills, NSW.
Flann, E, Hill, B & Wang W 2014, The Australian editing handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane, Australia.
Guthrie, R 2011, Publishing: principles and practice, Sage Publications Limited, London.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 83.00
Independent Study 82.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SHORT QUIZ 100 20 08 Aug 2019
PARTICIPATION 100 20 29 Oct 2019 (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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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.