Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Editing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COMM5407

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Editing

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:Brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Coordinating Teacher: Penny Johnson
Phone: 9925 4383
Email: penny.johnson@rmit.edu.au

Teacher: Elizabeth Steele
Email: elizabeth.steele@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 85

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Enrolment into this course at RMIT requires the completion of Develop Writing and Editing Skills.

 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques – Editing is taught in conjunction with the following 6 competencies:

CUVCOR04A Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice
CUECOR01B Manage own work and learning
CUSADM03A Manage a project
CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief
CUSRAD02A Conduct research 

Through the development of these competencies, you gain the skills needed to manage your work and learning while responding to a range of project briefs. You research the work of other writers and publishers and apply your findings to our own project through the development of a concept into a written work and /or a publishing project.

 

 


Course Description

This unit course covers the knowledge and skills required to research and experiment with writing, editing and publishing techniques and media to generate published writings. It focuses on the diverse roles of a contemporary editor; their involvement with author, reader, publisher/client, market, industry and publishing team; and the requirements of a range of publications, including newsletters, brochures, books, magazines and e-zines. It builds on knowledge and skills learned in Editing 1, working with longer, more complex and more varied material in order to develop versatility, judgement and confidence to tackle a wide range of editorial tasks. It also focuses on the crucial skills of teamwork and project management in bringing publications to fruition, and editorial involvement and interaction from the earliest stages of acquisition, commissioning and development, to the final stages of production, distribution and sales.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Editing

Element:

1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media   

Performance Criteria:

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Element:

2. Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings

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Element:

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

Performance Criteria:

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Element:

4. Plan the writing

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5. Realise writings                              

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Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to undertake diverse editorial roles for a variety of publications.                      


Details of Learning Activities

In this course you learn through -

in-class activities:
•lectures
•guest lecturers
•peer teaching and class presentations
•group, class and student-led discussion
•independent project based work
• team project based work
•teacher directed group activities/projects
•class exercises to review discussions/lectures
•workshopping of students’ own projects
•analysis/critique of writings of students’ choice

out-of-class activities:
•research
• web-based discussion and presentation on Blackboard
•independent project work
• ongoing team project work
• ongoing individual assignment work


Teaching Schedule

WEEK STARTINGCLASS CONTENT                                            
ASSESSMENT ITEMS AND                                                  TASKS DUECOMPETENCIES                          
Semester 1   
Week 1
9 Feb or
10 Feb
Intro to course and class
What is a publication?
Introduction to genre unit, group and genre sign-up
Exercise: Copyediting markup refresher
 VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 2.3 The criteria which are most likely to facilitate the achievement of the conceptual vision are established
Week 2
16 Feb or
17 Feb
Understanding genre
Researching a contemporary genre
Genre project group brainstorming definition and expectations
Advanced style and spelling
Reading/discussion: What happens when we read?
Exercise: Constructing a good stylesheet
 CUSRAD02A Conduct research: Identify and access sources of information 2.1-2.8
Week 3
23 Feb or
24 Feb
Basic editorial project management: roles/stages/procedures
Genre group planning session
Reading/discussion: Language variation and change

Exercise: Copyediting to variant styles
 VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 1.1 The potential for new approaches to writing based on the capabilities of techniques already used are evaluated
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 4.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined
Week 4
2 March or
3 March
Genre and the editor’s role – managing reader, writer, publisher expectations
Genre project group progress reports and issues arising
Genre project Q&A
Reading/discussion: The challenges of genre

Exercise: Copyediting for your audience
 CUVCOR13A Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice: Update and maintain knowledge of trends within own area of artistic practice 3.1-3.2
CUVCOR13A Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice: Research history and theory 1.1-1.4
CUSRAD02A Conduct research: Analyse research findings 3.1-3.3
Week 5
9 March or
10 March
Book development and concept
Fiction editing case studies (possible guest speaker)
Reading/discussion: Why do readers read?

Exercise: Proofreading refresher
Genre project (indiv)CUECOR01B Manage own work and learning: Develop personal time management skills 1.1-1.6
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 1.4 Relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners are researched, adapted and used with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements
Week 6
16 March or
17 March
Genre reviews debrief
Genre project group copyediting/proofing session
Fiction editing: first read and fundamentals
Reading/discussion: Good book or good read?

Exercise: Refining proofreading technique
Genre group draftsVBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 1.2 New techniques are selected, adapted and introduced for the achievement of different effects
Week 7
23 March or
24 March
Fiction development
Fiction editing: character and plot
Reading/discussion: Fiction authors and their editors

Exercise: Grammar terms refresher
Group newsletterVBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 2.1 A conceptual vision for writings are developed based on a knowledge and understanding of different writing techniques
Week 8
30 March or
31 March
Fiction editing: pace, rhythm, point of view
Fiction panel 1
Reading/discussion: Plot
Exercise: Copyediting dialogue and using quote marks
FICTION PANEL 1CUVCOR13A Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice: Link research to artistic practice 2.1-2.3
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 4.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence of scenes
Week 9
6 April or
7 April
Tools and tips for the fiction editor
Fiction panel 2
Fiction assignment Q&A
Reading/discussion: Copyediting fiction

Exercise: Copyediting fiction
FICTION PANEL 2VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 5.1 Writings are realised using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision
Week 10
13 April or
14 April
Nonfiction scope and structure
Nonfiction editing case studies (possible guest speaker)
Reading/discussion: The fact in fiction, the fiction in fact.

Exercise: Advanced sentence punctuation
Fiction assignment (developmental editing)
Exercise: Advanced sentence punctuation Fiction assignment (developmental editing) VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 4.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence of scenes
CUVCOR04A Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse: Generate concept 2.1-2.5
Week 11
20 April (Wed class)
Narrative nonfiction panel
Nonfiction formats and techniques
Nonfiction assignment Q&A
Reading/discussion: Who checks the facts?

Exercise: light, medium and heavy copyediting
NARRATIVE NF PANELVBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 5.1 Writings are realised using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision
CUECOR01B Manage own work and learning: 3.1-3.2
Thur 21 to Wed 27EASTER BREAK  
Week 11 continues
28 April
(Thu class)
as aboveas above 
Week 12
4 May or
5 May
Fiction assignment debrief
Technical nonfiction (possible guest speaker)
Using Word for complex nonfiction
Reading/discussion: What makes nonfiction successful?

Exercise: A complex short nonfiction edit
TECHNICAL NF PANEL(S)VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 1.1 The potential for new approaches to writing based on the capabilities of techniques VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: already used are evaluated
2.1 A conceptual vision for writings are developed based on a knowledge and understanding of different writing techniques
Week 13
11 May or
12 May
Periodicals: structures, dynamics, audience, identity
Magazine feature fundamentals
Reading/discussion: Contemporary magazines and their readers

Exercise: A complex instructional nonfiction edit
Nonfiction assignment (structural editing)VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 2.2 The criteria for selecting techniques are considered based on results of experimentation
Week 14
18 May or
19 May
 Sourcing and adapting magazine copy
Periodicals: choosing and using visual material
Reading/discussion: Magazines – all design no content?

Exercise: Copyediting references and captions
  VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 3.2 Potential sources of supply of writing resources are researched and accessed
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 4.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Determine scope of projects 1.1-1.3
Week 15
25 May or
26 May
 Periodicals: headings, precedes, body text
Periodical publishing project introduction
Reading/discussion: Magazine publishing today

Exercise: Converting from US to Australian styles
  VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 5.4 Issues of design and presentation of writings are considered and appropriate actions taken
Week 16
1 June or
2 June
 Periodicals: boxes
Periodical editing assignment FAQs
Periodical publishing project group formation and brief
Reading/discussion: Online periodicals

Exercise: Copyediting a magazine box and illustrations
 Magazine assignment (feature editing)    CUECOR01B Manage own work and learning: 2.1-2.3
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 3.2 Potential sources of supply of writing resources are researched and accessed
Week 17 
9 June
 Assessment Week  - no classes

 
  MIDYEAR BREAK  
Semester 2   
Week 1
6 July or
7 July
 Periodical publishing – roles and workflow
Newsletters – publisher, writer, reader, community
Periodical publishing project group planning session
Reading/discussion: Project management and teamwork

Exercise: Magazine page proofing
 Newsletter project (periodical editing)
- proposed content
-proposed schedule
- proposed task list
- proposed communication protocols
 VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 4.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 4.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined
Week 2
13 July or
14 July
 Periodical publishing formats and briefs
Periodical publishing project group planning session
Reading/discussion: Readers, audience, community, interaction

Exercise: Copyediting for format and style
 Newsletter project
- confirmed content
- confirmed shedule
- briefs for writers
 VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 5.3 The conceptual vision is refined based on on-going experiences with the production of writings
CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Interpret the brief 1.1-1.4
Week 3
20 July or
21 July
Periodical editing assignment debrief
Periodical publishing project group planning session
Reading/discussion: Australians as book buyers and readers

Exercise: Copyediting for length
  CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Plan the production of the work 4.1-4.4
Week 4
27 July or
28 July
 Periodical publishing project group planning session
Introduction to the Australian publishing industry
Reading/discussion: Some leading Australian publishers

Exercise: Advanced copyediting practice
  CUSRAD02A Conduct research: Clarify and confirm purpose of research 1.1-1.7
Week 5
3 August or
4 August
 Who’s who in a book publishing company
Reading/discussion: Commissioning and acquisition

Exercise: Advanced proofreading practice
  CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Complete the production of the work 5.1-5.4
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Review project against plan 4.1-4.3
Week 6
10 August or
11 August
 Newsletter issue: initial response/feedback
Building a publishing list
Introduction to book publishing project, group formation
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #1 responses

Exercise: Advanced copyediting practice
 Newsletter project
#1 issue published
 CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Complete the production of the work 5.1-5.4
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Review project against plan 4.1-4.3
Week 7
17 August
18 August
 Book production fundamentals and formats
Market research strategies for book projects
Book publishing group proposals and development
Reading/discussion: One book many books – reversions, revisions

Exercise: Advanced proofreading practice
  VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 1.2 New techniques are selected, adapted and introduced for the achievement of different effects
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 2.1 A conceptual vision for writings are developed based on a knowledge and understanding of different writing techniques
CUVCOR04A Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse: Research concept and ideas 1.1-1.3
CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Liaise with client 3.1-3.4
Week 8
24 August
25 August
 Matching book and audience
Book publishing group workshopping proposals
Newsletter issue: initial response/feedback
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #2 responses

Exercise: Advanced copyediting practice
 Newsletter project
#2 issue published
 CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Complete the production of the work 5.1-5.4
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Review project against plan 4.1-4.3
Week 9
31 August
1 September
 Book titles, covers and blurbs
Book publishing group workshopping blurbs
Bookshops and bookselling
Reading/discussion: Other book publishing models

Exercise: Advanced proofreading practice
  CUVCOR04A Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse: Conduct critical discourse 3.1-3.4
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 2.5 The conceptual vision is refined based on on-going experimentation and analysis of writing techniques
Week 10
7 September
8 September
Book distribution
Choosing a release date
Book publishing group planning meeting for catalogue
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #3 responses

Exercise: Advanced copyediting practice
 Newsletter project
#3 issue published
 VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 5.4 Issues of design and presentation of writings are considered and appropriate actions taken
CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Complete the production of the work 5.1-5.4
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Review project against plan 4.1-4.3
Week 11
14 September
15 September
Introduction to project management assignment
The bookselling cycle, roles and techniques
Reading/discussion: What are you selling – the author or the book?

Exercise: Advanced proofreading practice
  CUSADM03A Manage a project: Develop a plan for the limited project or section of the larger project 2.1-2.6
Week 12
21 September
22 September
 Book publishing schedules and pricing
Newsletter issue: initial response/feedback
Book publishing group progress meeting
Book publishing project Q&A
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #4 responses

Exercise: Advanced copyediting practice
 Newsletter project
#4 issue published
 VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 4.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work and to meet agreed timelines
CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Complete the production of the work 5.1-5.4
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Review project against plan 4.1-4.3
 MID
SEMESTER
BREAK
   
Week 13
12 October
13 October
 Book sales conference
Reading/discussion: Challenges facing the publishing industry
Exercise: Advanced proofreading practice
 Catalogue project (commissioning editor role) CUVCOR04A Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse: Adjust and refine concept 4.1-4.3
 S2 Week 14
19 October
20 October
 The project managing editor and the editorial and production teams
Newsletter issue: initial response/feedback
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #5 responses
Exercise: Advanced copyediting practice
 Newsletter project
#5 issue published
 CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Complete the production of the work 5.1-5.4
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Review project against plan 4.1-4.3
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 2.4 The approach to work which meets established criteria is selected
Week 15
26 October
27 October
 The cover brief
Editorial briefs
Reading/discussion: The changing role of the editor

Exercise: Advanced proofreading practice
  CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Develop and refine the design concept 2.1-2.3
CUSRAD02A Conduct research: Provide information in appropriate format
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Develop a plan for the limited project or section of the larger project 2.1-2.6
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 3.1 The specific resource requirements which arise from the use of techniques and experimental approaches are assessed
VBP553 Refine Writing and Editing Techniques: 3.3 Constraints that may impact on the development of work are evaluated
Week 16
2 November
3 November
 Project management assignment Q&A
Newsletter issue: initial response/feedback
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #6 responses

Exercise: Advanced copyediting practice
 Newsletter assignment
#6 issue published if applicable

Project management assignment (managing editing role)
Newsletter reflection task
 CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief: Complete the production of the work 5.1-5.4
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Administer and monitor project 3.1-3.10
CUSADM03A Manage a project: Review project against plan 4.1-4.3
Week 17
 Assessment Week - no class


 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, John Wiley & Sons
The concise Macquarie dictionary, 5th edn
The Australian concise Oxford dictionary, 4th edn

Elizabeth Flann & Beryl Hill, 2004, The Australian editing handbook, 2nd ed., Wiley & Sons
Janet Mackenzie, 2004 [or wait for new edition due mid-2011], The editor’s companion, Cambridge University Press,


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

You will require access to a computer and to the internet.


Overview of Assessment


Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to a number of individual written assignments as well as more complex group projects.


Assessment Tasks


To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Formal assessment is based on a number of individual assignments as well as more complex group projects. Detailed specifications are distributed in class and via Blackboard when appropriate.

Assessment 1
Genre project (15%) Due Week 5 Semester 1

Assessment 2
Fiction assignment: developmental editing (10%) Due Week 10 Semester 1

Assessment 3
Nonfiction assignment: structural editing (10%) Due Week 13 Semester 1

Assessment 4
Magazine assignment: feature editing (10%) Due Week 16 Semester 1

Assessment 5
Newsletter project: periodical editing (35%) Due date to be arranged with teacher.

Assessment 6
Catalogue project: commissioning editing (10%) Due Week 13 Semester 2

Assessment 7
Production assignment: managing editing (10%) Due Week 16 Semester 2

 Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to curriculum-based courses:
80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Feedback:
You will receive spoken and/or written feedback by teacher on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions:
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information on late submissions and plagiarism

Plagiarism:
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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