Editing for the Communication Professional examines the processes of copy editing and headline writing for publications such as newspapers, and academic articles. You will gain understandings and skills needed to edit reports, essays, theses, and business documents, as well as learning how to edit material from one genre to another.
|Lecture – 1 hour online lecture content for 12 weeks (or equivalent).||1hr||Week 1||12 times|
|Laboratory 1 – In-class laboratory||2hrs||Week 2||12 times|
|Lecture – 1 hour online content for 12 weeks (or equivalent).||1hr||Week 1||12 times|
|Laboratory 1 – Interactive zoom laboratory||2hrs||Week 2||12 times|
1. Introduction to editing, punctuation, and basic grammar
2. Editing for different genres: academic, journalistic, with a dash of creative
3. Advanced editing, plain language, and online editing
4. Editing and the law
5. Editing careers, editor and author relationship
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Effectively edit sentences applying the rules of grammar, style and punctuation||Knowledgeable|
|2||Analyse and edit text to a required length, style and standard||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Effectively use computer-based editing methods and software||Knowledgeable|
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Students will be prepared for Assessment Task 1 as it is based on using the in-house Style Guide. Familiarity with the Style Guide will be provided during tutorials 1 - 4 with substantial examples being provided in class with computer activities related to the task.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 5||Online Test (Quiz)|
Not exceeding 1000 words
|Week 9||Online Submission|
Not exceeding 1500 words
|Week 13||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Editing exercise 1|
You will demonstrate and develop your knowledge of the application of the rules of style, grammar, spelling and punctuation in a series of sentences in an online quiz.
Academic format Correct a series of sentences based on the principles of editing discussed in lectures and computer workshops.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Editing exercise 2|
You will demonstrate your ability to apply the skills acquired in the course to edit news, and/or an academic work provided to you.
Academic format You will be provided with a selection of short written texts and you will complete an online quiz in relation to these.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Editing exercise 3|
This task is designed to develop your analytical and editing skills by reducing text to a required length, style and standard.
Academic format You will be given a rough copy of a feature story, and an academic writing article that you will be asked to edit. You may choose one. In the process you will edit the article to an exact number of words while correcting errors of style, grammar, spelling and punctuation in accordance with the rules laid down in lectures, tutorials and the style guide. You will write a headline for the article or a title for the academic work, and produce a 350 word report to provide to the author to explain your editorial suggestions.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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