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This subject focuses on the key communication skill of editing. It introduces students to the linguistic conventions of editorial English, the use and interpretation of copy-editing symbols, and the parameters of a variety of house styles. Students will also learn the principles and practice of editing on screen and the procedures required to ensure editorial transparency and accountability in an electronic environment. The subject offers an overview of the major components of the editing process, with an emphasis on editing for consistency and cohesion. On successfully completing this subject, students will have a sound grasp of the linguistic and procedural aspects of copy-editing.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- high-level written and oral communication skills through contribution to class discussions, the completion of exercises and assignments, wide reading on issues of contemporary English usage, and exposure to the protocols of editorial practice;
- a capacity for effective teamwork through group discussions, collaborative exercises and involvement in author/editor negotiations;
- cultural and ethical understanding through reflection and reading on issues of inclusive and non-discriminatory language and the ethical responsibilities of the editor; and
- information technology literacy and understanding of information management through participation in computer laboratory sessions and completion of exercises and assignments.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- research skills, including the use of online as well as print-based materials in the course of exercises and assignments;
- time management and planning through managing workloads for recommended reading, tutorial presentations and assessment requirements; and
- capacity for critical analysis through close engagement with a wide range of texts.
Last updated: 2 December 2019