Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014


Previously coded PUB4020


This unit provides an overview of the role of the editor or writer of texts for publication or communication in fields such as Science and Technology, Medicine, Psychology, Education, Law or Finance where specialist editors and publishers produce books, journals or other publications in printed and electronic forms. The editors who prepare them for publication apply professional knowledge and skills in ways that meet subject-specific requirements and expectations. This unit is vocational and will provide the student with a sound understanding of copy-editing in both its essential elements and its application for professional purposes.


Upon completion students should have acquired:

  1. a basic understanding of the theory and practice of copy-editing
  2. an in-depth introduction to the particular requirements and expectations of editorial practice in their field of knowledge or specialisation
  3. an understanding in outline of the publishing industry in Australia and internationally in professional, reference and educational publishing
  4. an ability to apply their knowledge by copy-editing texts specific to their field.


Three practical exercises (500 words each): 30%; Two assignments (1500 words each): 60%; participation and verbal presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)


Workload requirements

Two hours per week plus guest lectures and excursions


APG4673, APG4672