Course Title: Introduction to Editing Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Editing Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 1 2020


City Campus


515T Creative Industries


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Dzintra Boyd and Sarah Vincent

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399254269 (Dzintra)

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to writing communities and the publishing industry, and develops the fundamental language and communication skills you need as a writer or an editor. For much of the course you study the theoretical rules and conventions of English grammar and syntax, while developing an understanding of how idiom, usage, register and style affect language choices for different writing contexts. You also appraise fiction and non-fiction texts for publication in specific markets and apply the principles of effective communication in editorial report writing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program outcomes:

  • apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to reflect the needs and expectations of varied readerships and markets
  • communicate effectively to audiences within relevant creative and professional contexts around writing, editing and publishing.

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • identify and apply language conventions, including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, syntax, paragraphing and some aspects of punctuation
  • use appropriate reference tools when writing and editing
  • communicate feedback on written material with tact, honesty and concision
  • critically analyse and write an editorial report on the quality and suitability of original material for a specific market
  • research, prepare, edit and deliver an oral presentation.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures, which provide the framework for developing your writing and editing skills.
  • class exercises designed to clarify course content
  • in-class individual and group activities and tasks
  • independent research and study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials.

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 essential resource for this course is a detailed grammar handbook including instruction, exercises and answers, which is provided to you.

The University Library has extensive resources for Professional Writing and Editing 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 Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Class presentation (20%)

You will prepare and deliver a short presentation on a topic relevant to the practice of editing and the publishing environment.

Aligned course learning outcomes: 2, 5

Assessment Task 2: Tests (50%)

You will complete two tests during the semester that assess your knowledge of language use, style, grammar, syntax and aspects of punctuation.

Aligned course learning outcomes: 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Manuscript assessment (30%)

You will write a 1000-word editorial report on an unpublished manuscript.

Aligned course learning outcomes: 1, 3, 4