Course Title: Introduction to Editing Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Editing Practice

Credit Points: 12


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

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

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

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.

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.

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

The essential resource for this course is a detailed grammar handbook including instruction, exercises and answers. Course information and learning materials are available through myRMIT and you are provided with selected written and visual material in class. You can also access a range of resources through the library, e-reserve, the web, blackboard and various databases.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment will include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual projects.