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.

Unit content

Topic 1. Interpersonal communication
Topic 2. Language use
Topic 3. Structural editing
Topic 4. Principles of good design
Topic 5. Editing for the screen
Topic 6. Professional practice
Topic 7. Publishing history

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

  • Davies, G & Balkwill, R, 2011, The professionals’ guide to publishing , Kogan Page, London.
  • Flann, E & Hill, B , 2005, The Australian editing handbook, Common Ground, Alton, Victoria.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Practical skills40%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hour (12 weeks)
Practical skills40%

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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