Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Editing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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

Coordinating Teacher: Liz Steele
Phone: 9925 4842
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:

1.1 The potential for new approaches to writing based on the capabilities of techniques already used are evaluated
1.2 New techniques are selected, adapted and introduced for the achievement of different effects
1.3 The capabilities of writing techniques are extended through experimentation to inform practice
1.4 Relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners are researched, adapted and used with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements

Element:

2. Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A conceptual vision for writings are developed based on a knowledge and understanding of different writing techniques
2.2 The criteria for selecting techniques are considered based on results of experimentation
2.3 The criteria which are most likely to facilitate the achievement of the conceptual vision are established
2.4 The approach to work which meets established criteria is selected
2.5 The conceptual vision is refined based on on-going experimentation and analysis of writing techniques

Element:

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The specific resource requirements which arise from the use of techniques and experimental approaches are assessed
3.2 Potential sources of supply of writing resources are researched and accessed
3.3 Constraints that may impact on the development of work are evaluated

Element:

4. Plan the writing

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work and to meet agreed timelines
4.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence of scenes
4.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
4.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined

Element:

5. Realise writings                              

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Writings are realised using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision
5.2 The potential for changes in the use of techniques are evaluated and responded to
5.3 The conceptual vision is refined based on on-going experiences with the production of writings
5.4 Issues of design and presentation of writings are considered and appropriate actions taken


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 STARTING

CLASS CONTENT                                            

ASSESSMENT DUECOMPETENCIES & ELEMENTS                        
Semester 1   
Week 1

Introduction to course and class
What is a publication?
Genre project work: introduction and group sign-up
Editing toolbox (weekly segment covering advanced copyediting or proofreading exercises)

 

VBP553  2
CUECOR01B 1, 2
CUSADM03A 1
CUSRAD02A 1
CUVCOR13A 1
CUVDES05A 1

Week 2

Understanding genre
Researching a contemporary genre
Genre project work: brainstorming definition and expectations
Reading/discussion: What happens when we read?
Editing toolbox

 

VBP553 2
CUECOR01B 1, 2
CUSADM03A 1
CUSRAD02A 1, 2
CUVCOR13A 1, 2
CUVDES05A 1
CUVCOR04A 1, 2

Week 3

Basic editorial project management: roles/stages/procedures
Genre project work: planning session
Reading/discussion: Language variation and change
Editing toolbox

 

VBP553  1, 3, 4
CUECOR01B 2
CUVCOR13A 1, 2
CUVDES05A 1, 2
CUSADM03A 2 
CUSRAD02A 2, 3
CUVCOR04A 1-4

Week 4

Genre and the editor’s role – managing reader, writer, publisher expectations
Genre project work: progress report and issues arising
Reading/discussion: The challenges of genre
Editing toolbox

 VBP553 1, 3, 4, 5
CUECOR01B 2
CUVCOR13A 1, 2
CUVDES05A 1, 2
CUSADM03A 2
CUSRAD02A 2, 3
CUVCOR04A 1-4
Week 5

Book development and concept
Fiction editing case studies
Reading/discussion: Why do readers read?
Editing toolbox

 

Genre project (individual review)

CUVCOR13A  3 
CUSRAD02A 3
CUSADM03A 1
CUVDES05A 1, 2

Week 6
Genre project work: copyediting/proofing session
Fiction editing: first read and fundamentals
Reading/discussion: Good book or good read?
Editing toolbox

 

CUECOR01B 1, 3 
VBP553 1
CUVCOR13A 1, 2

Week 7

Fiction development
Fiction editing: character and plot
Reading/discussion: Fiction authors and their editors
Editing toolbox

Genre project (newsletter)

VBP553 1, 2

Week 8
Fiction editing: pace, rhythm, point of view
Fiction panel 1
Reading/discussion: Plot
Editing toolbox
(Fiction panel 1)CUVCOR13A  2
VBP553  4
Week 9 Tools and tips for the fiction editor Fiction panel 2
Reading/discussion: Copyediting fiction
Editing toolbox
(Fiction panel 2)VBP553 5
 

Mid-semester break
(Thursday 5 April - Wednesday 11 April)

  
Week 10
Narrative nonfiction panel 1
Nonfiction scope and structure
Nonfiction editing case studies
Reading/discussion: The fact in fiction, the fiction in fact.
Editing toolbox

Fiction assignment

(Narrative nonfiction panel 1)


VBP553  4 
CUVCOR04A 2
Week 11
Narrative nonfiction panel 2
Nonfiction formats and techniques
Reading/discussion: Who checks the facts?
Editing toolbox
(Narrative nonfiction panel 2)

VBP553 5
CUECOR01B 3

Week 12
Technical nonfiction editing
Using Word for editing
Reading/discussion: What makes nonfiction successful?
Editing toolbox
(Technical nonfiction panel/s)VBP553 1, 2
Week 13
Periodicals: structures, dynamics, audience, identity
Magazine feature fundamentals
Reading/discussion: Contemporary magazines and their readers
Editing toolbox
Nonfiction assignmentVBP553  2
Week 14
Sourcing and adapting magazine copy
Choosing and using visual material
Reading/discussion: Magazines – all design no content?
Editing toolbox
 

VBP553 3, 4
CUSADM03A 1

Week 15
Feature editing: headlines, precedes, body text 
Reading/discussion: Magazine publishing today
Editing toolbox
  VBP553 5
Week 16
Feature editing: boxes 
Newsletter project work: group formation and brief
Reading/discussion: Online periodicals
Editing toolbox
Magazine feature assignment (due 5 or 6 June)  CUECOR01B  2
VBP553  3
Week 17Assessment Week - no classes  
 

 Semester break
(11 June - 29 June)

  
Semester 2   
Week 1
Periodical publishing: roles and workflow
Newsletters: publisher, writer, reader, community 
Newsletter project work: group planning session
Reading/discussion: Project management and teamwork
Editing toolbox
 VBP553  1, 2, 3, 4 CUSADM03A 1
Week 2
 Periodical publishing formats and briefs 
Newsletter project work: group planning session
Reading/discussion: Readers, audience, community, interaction
Editing toolbox
 

VBP553  1, 2, 3, 4
CUVDES05A 1
CUSADM03A 2

Week 3
Newsletter project work: group planning session
Reading/discussion: Australians as book buyers and readers
Editing toolbox
 

VBP553 1, 2, 3, 4
CUVDES05A 4
CUSADM03A 2

Week 4
Newsletter project work: group planning session
Introduction to the Australian publishing industry
Reading/discussion: Some leading Australian publishers
Editing toolbox
 

VBP553 5
CUSRAD02A 1
CUSADM03A 3

Week 5
Who’s who in a book publishing company
Reading/discussion: Commissioning and acquisition
Editing toolbox
 

VBP553 5
CUVDES05A  5
CUSADM03A  3, 4 

Week 6
Building a publishing list
Book publishing project work: group formation
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #1 responses 
Editing toolbox
 (Newsletter issue #1)

CUVDES05A  5
CUSADM03A 3, 4
CUECOR01B 3

Week 7
Book production fundamentals and formats
Market research strategies for book projects
Book publishing project work: group proposals and development
Reading/discussion: One book many books – reversions, revisions
Editing toolbox
 

VBP553 1, 2 
CUVCOR04A 1
CUVDES05A 3
CUSADM03A 3, 4

Week 8
Matching book and audience
Book publishing project work: workshopping proposals
Newsletter issue: initial response/feedback
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #2 responses
Editing toolbox
 (Newsletter issue #2)

 
VBP553
CUSADM03A  3, 4
CUVDES05A  5
CUECOR01B 3

Week 9
Book titles, covers and blurbs
Book publishing project work: workshopping blurbs
Bookshops and bookselling
Reading/discussion: Other book publishing models
Editing toolbox
 

CUVCOR04A  3
VBP553  2
CUSADM03A 3, 4

Week 10
Book distribution
Choosing a release date
Book publishing project work: planning meeting for catalogue
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #3 responses
Editing toolbox
 (Newsletter issue #3)

VBP553 5
CUVDES05A  5
CUSADM03A  3, 4
CUECOR01B 3

Week 11
The bookselling cycle, roles and techniques
Reading/discussion: What are you selling – the author or the book?
Editing toolbox
 

VBP553
CUSADM03A  2

Week 12
Book publishing schedules and pricing
Book publishing project work: group progress meeting
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #4 responses
Editing toolbox
 (Newsletter issue #4)

VBP553  4, 5
CUVDES05A 5
CUSADM03A  4
CUECOR01B 3

 

Mid-semester break
24 September - 5 October

  
Week 13
Book sales conference
Reading/discussion: Challenges facing the publishing industry
Editing toolbox
Book publishing project

 VBP553 5
CUVCOR04A 4

 Week 14

The cover brief
Editorial briefs
Reading/discussion: Newsletter #5 responses
Editing toolbox

 (Newsletter issue #5)

CUVDES05A 5
CUSADM03A 4
VBP553 5

CUECOR01B 3

Week 15

Moving into professional practice 
Editing and copyediting revision

 

CUVDES05A 2.1-2.3 CUSRAD02A
CUSADM03A 2.1-2.6
VBP553 5
CUECOR01B 3

Week 16

Test
Course review and reflections

Editing and proofreading test VBP553 5
Week 17Assessment Week - no classes  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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

Janet Mackenzie, 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, more complex group projects and an end-of-year editing and proofreading test. Detailed specifications are distributed in class and via Blackboard when appropriate.

1. Genre project (15%)
Explore a specific genre in Australian book publishing through individual and group project work.
Individual book review due: 6 or 7 March
Group newsletter due: 13 or 14 March
Panel discussion: Semester 1 (on a date to be arranged with your teacher)

2. Fiction assignment (10%)
Conduct a developmental edit of a substantial extract from a fiction manuscript.
Due: 17 or 18 April

3. Nonfiction assignment (10%)
Complete a structural outline of a nonfiction publication, an editorial brief and a sample copyedit.
Due: 8 or 9 May

4. Magazine feature assignment (10%)
Prepare a magazine feature from a book extract.
Due: 5 or 6 June

5. Newsletter project (25%)
Explore periodical editing by taking on a specific role and working collaboratively to publish an issue of a newsletter.
Due date to be arranged with teacher.

6. Book publishing project (15%)
Work in a group to devise a simulated publishing company and its list, which you publicise via a catalogue in a sales conference.
Due: 8 or 9 October

7. Editing and proofreading test (15%)
Test the skills you have developed in the Editing toolbox segment of the course.
Due: 30 or 31 October

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

Submission of Assessment Tasks
You are required to submit all assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Late Submissions
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
Please refer to the course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

Feedback
You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

Special Consideration Policy
Please refer to the following URL for information on applying for special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1

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