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PUB5001 Introduction to Editing and Publishing

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


This editing and publishing course gives an overview of modern publishing and introduces students to the various roles of the publishing industry. The unit introduces students to the skills required of editors, such as strong written communication, an understanding of grammar, punctuation, syntax, and high-level language usage, and outlines key roles in the publishing process such as planning, production and marketing. As editors and publishers use electronic communication for much of their work, students will practise these skills online. Students undertaking this unit are expected to have an undergraduate degree and possess sound literacy and computing skills. There is an expectation that students will be self-directed and will participate in an online discussion group.

This course develops knowledge and skills in publishing and editing, including a basic introduction to related historical, ethical and legal issues. The course provides instruction on the stages and tasks of the publishing process. The editor's role is covered in detail and introduces proofreading, copyediting and structural editing with a focus on the tools, resources and procedures required for book, magazine or journal production. Publication planning, design, production and marketing for both print and digital devices are also introduced. Legal and ethical concerns are discussed as well, including copyright, moral rights, plagiarism, defamation and permissions. Students will become familiar with the use of electronic communication and onscreen editing.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Semester 3, 2023 Online
Date printed 30 September 2023