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Structural Editing (PUBL90001)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePUBL90001
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on the structural editing of texts in a range of genres, including instructional, polemical, scholarly and narrative works. Students will learn how to analyse the reading practices characteristic of different genres, and will be given practical experience in editing texts to meet the requirements and expectations of various projected readerships. The subject will also familiarise students with protocols for effective author/editor communication and acquaint them with the ethical and legal responsibilities that govern editors' participation in the publishing process. On successfully completing this subject, students will have a sound grasp of strategies for appraising the rhetoric and structure of texts in a wide range of genres.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • possess high-level of written and oral communication skills through contribution have developed expertise in appraising, editing and commenting constructively on texts;
  • understand protocols for effective communication and negotiation with authors;
  • be able to outline the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with editing and publishing; and
  • be able to extend their understanding of the relationship between audience, genre and structure in a range of genres.

Generic skills

  • develop high-level written and oral communication skills through contribution to class discussions, the completion of exercises and assignments, wide reading on issues relating to contemporary publishing, and exposure to the protocols of editorial practice;
  • show a capacity for effective teamwork through group discussions, collaborative exercises and involvement in author-editor negotiations;
  • acquire cultural and ethical understanding through reflection, reading and practical experience of the editor's ethical responsibilities;
  • develop information technology literacy and understanding of information management through participation in computer laboratory sessions and completion of exercises and assignments;
  • acquire skills in research, including the use of online as well as print-based materials in the course of exercises and assignments;
  • acquire skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for recommended reading, and assessment requirements; and
  • develop a capacity for close critical analysis through engagement with a range of texts and critique of their structures and strategies.

Last updated: 9 November 2018