|Semester 1, 2020 Online|
|Short Description:||Intro to Editing & Publishing|
|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
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:
- 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;
- identify, analyse and discuss the stages of the publishing production process;
- analyse and discuss textual material in terms of its suitability for different media, formats and readers;
- identify, analyse and discuss the legal and ethical requirements of a range of publications;
- critically reflect on editing and publishing roles and issues;
- identify, discuss and apply professional communication techniques with key stakeholders in a range of media.
|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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=01&subject1=PUB5001)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(Revised by Snooks & Co.)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|QUIZ||100||20||27 Mar 2020|
|EDITING EXERCISES||100||30||11 May 2020|
|GROUP EDITING OR PUBLISHING PR||100||30||05 Jun 2020|
|PARTICIPATION||100||20||05 Jun 2020||(see note 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
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.
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.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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.
There is no examination for this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
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.