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PUB5003 Editing Practice

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication


Pre-requisite: PUB5001


This course provides instruction on all levels of non-fiction copyediting. Starting with the basics and building on the previous course's knowledge; spelling, punctuation, italics, capitalisation, treatment of proper names, numbers, dates, dialogue and so on. Different house styles and marking up specific types of copy, such as references and reference lists, endmatter and preliminaries will be covered. Editorial requirements for a variety of text types will be covered; e.g. trade and cookery books, poetry, promotional brochures and web pages. Structural editing will start with the contents list as a structural prompt, look at the levels in the text and flesh out the content of a manuscript. Students will develop abilities to analyse flow in a text, respect the author's voice, assess the suitability of language levels for different audiences, integrate text and design, and recommend suitable additions to complement the text, e.g. maps, cartoons. The ability to structure content for online presentation will also be developed. Skills will be practised in an online discussion group.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2011 External