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PUB5001 Introduction to Editing and Publishing

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Intro to Editing & Publishing
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: Dallas Baker

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 various roles of the publishing industry. The unit introduces students to the skills required of editors, such as strong written communication, an understanding of grammar, punctuation, syntax, and high-level language usage, and outlines key roles in the publishing process such as planning, production and marketing. As editors and publishers use electronic communication for much of their work, students will practise these 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 develops knowledge and skills in publishing and editing, including a basic introduction to related historical, ethical and legal issues. The course provides instruction on the stages and tasks of the publishing process. The editor's role is covered in detail and introduces proofreading, copyediting and structural editing with a focus on the tools, resources and procedures required for book, magazine or journal production. Publication planning, design, production and marketing for both print and digital devices are also introduced. Legal and ethical concerns are discussed as well, including 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 various roles and tasks within print and electronic publishing and perform a range of editing tasks such as manuscript appraisal, structural editing, copyediting and proofreading both in print and on-screen;
  2. identify, analyse and discuss the stages of the publishing production process;
  3. analyse and discuss textual material in terms of its suitability for different media, formats and readers;
  4. identify, analyse and discuss the legal and ethical requirements of a range of publications;
  5. critically reflect on editing and publishing roles and issues;
  6. identify, discuss and apply professional communication techniques with key stakeholders in a range of media.


Description Weighting(%)
1. What is publishing? An outline of the history and processes of publishing 10.00
2. Publishing roles, stages and tasks 20.00
3. The editor's role and the editing - stages, tools and procedures 15.00
4. Publication planning, design, production and marketing 10.00
5. Legal and ethical aspects of publishing 15.00
6. On-screen editing and digital publishing practices 15.00
7. Critical reflection on editing and publishing 15.00

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 & Wang, W 2014, The Australian editing handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Brisbane.
Guthrie, R 2011, Publishing principles and practice, Sage, London.
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.
McPhee, D.J 2016, Keysong, Black Phoenix Publishing Collective, Cannon Hill, Queensland.
McPhee, D.J 2016, Waycaller, Black Phoenix Publishing Collective, Cannon Hill, Queensland.
Peters, P 2007, The Cambridge guide to Australian English usage, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Sulway, N 2016, Dying in the first person, Transit Lounge, Melbourne, Victoria.
Taylor, K.J 2016, The price of magic, Black Phoenix Publishing Collective, Cannon Hill, Queensland.
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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 83.00
Independent Study 82.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZ 100 20 27 Mar 2020
EDITING EXERCISES 100 30 11 May 2020
PARTICIPATION 100 20 05 Jun 2020 (see note 1)

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

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.

Date printed 19 June 2020