Course Title: Copyediting and Proofreading

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Copyediting and Proofreading

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have completed Introduction to Editing Practice (COMM2451)

Course Description

This course focuses on the principles and practice of copyediting and proofreading through the close examination of manuscript extracts and page proofs. Using industry resources, you extend your knowledge and skills in punctuation and house style, and make judgements about the structure and line writing of fiction and non-fiction works. You explore electronic processes, learn editing and proofreading mark-up and technique, and handle proofs with numerous design features. You edit a piece of writing for a simulated anthology, use style sheets and collaborate closely with your author.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • use your knowledge and skills in the use of punctuation, capitalisation, typography and house style, including shortened forms, numbers and measurement, and foreign words and names
  • show familiarity with the components of different editorial style guides
  • identify the copyediting and proofreading stages of the publishing process and the different approach required for each
  • assess the extent of editorial intervention appropriate for different writing pieces
  • handle electronic files and use word-processing software for editing
  • learn the publishing industry’s technical language and its standard symbols and technique for text mark-up and proof correction
  • use your communication skills within the author–editor relationship.

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

  • apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to reflect the needs and expectations of varied readerships
  • communicate effectively to audiences within relevant creative and professional contexts around writing, editing and publishing
  • work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are: 

  • lectures, which provide the framework for developing your copyediting and proofreading skills
  • completion of class activities and exercises designed to clarify course content
  • collaborative project work
  • independent research and study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials.


Overview of Learning Resources

The resources for this course include set texts and written overviews of topic areas. 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/group projects.