Course Title: Editing 1A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Editing 1A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Tracy O'Shaughnessy

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9923 3155 email preferred

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.5.43

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


You should undertake COMM2307 Professional Practice at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. COMM2307 is a co-requisite course.

Pre & Co-requisites

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the pre-requisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

In this course you will explore the role of editing in written communication and analyse its importance. Through a range of focused in-class exercises and take-home assignments, you will develop the skills and practices required of the professional copyeditor and proofreader.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical and practical role of editing in the collation and curation of content.
  2. Describe and evaluate the role and application of grammar and punctuation in written communication.
  3. Apply knowledge, principles and skills in editing and proofreading to a diverse range of texts.
  4. Investigate the dynamic between culture and commerce inherent in the industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Develop broad industry-based knowledge and skills for application across the local and global publishing industry.
  2. Employ appropriate technical skills and theoretical knowledge to solve problems associated with book publishing.
  3. Critically reflect on your own work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgement and ethical responsibility.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will take a blended approach to its delivery with learning activities that involve a range of activities, including lectures, tutorials, group discussion and activities, peer review and individual research. All sessions are face to face.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Communication students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy