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OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Develops student skills in and understanding of publishing and editing, and knowledge of related historical, ethical and legal issues. Students will be introduced to print- and screen-based editing and publishing, and the communication, language, technical and project-management skills to edit and publish texts in context. Intended as a second/third-year unit. Extensive group work is required in this unit.

Unit content

Week 1   Introduction: Publishing, art or business? 
Week 2   How language works
Week 3   Grammar and punctuation 
Week 4   Structural editing 
Week 5   Copyediting and proofreading
Week 6   Publishing roles and processes
Week 7   Study break
Week 8   Marketing and distribution
Week 9   Art and design
Week 10  Debates and changes in publishing
Week 11  The fine print: Ethics, copyright, and legal issues
Week 12  Literary journals and self-publishing
Week 13  Review week

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • The ebook version is also available in the SCU Library.: Flann, E, Hill, B & Wang, L, 2014, The Australian editing handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland. ISBN: 9781118635957.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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