ALW205 - The Role of the Editor

Unit details

Year:

2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Trimester 2 2024 is the last offering of this unit 
From 2025, ALW225 Designing Fictions, replaces this unit

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jonathan Dunk
Cohort rule:Nil
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:Nil
Incompatible with: ALW305
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent

Content

The unit provides an overview of the editor's role at each stage of the publishing process, from developmental editing to proofreading and indexing. Students are introduced to the study of the concepts of editing as well as the craft, both on paper and using computers. The unit has a strong focus on copyediting skills, but students are also encouraged to extend their understanding of style, genre and audience. Class exercises and assessment provide experience in editing for book publishing, magazines and websites.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Identify the principles of clear, concise and accurate writing and apply the relevant Australian Standards for Editing Practice to editing tasks

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

ULO2

Critically review the needs of a text in relation to copyediting and structural editing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO3

Negotiate effectively with authors and editors to achieve professional outcomes

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Usage Quizzes 800 words
or equivalent
20% Weeks 4 and 6
Assessment 2 - Editorial Research Task 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Editing Assignment 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ALW205 
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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