Course Title: Towards Publication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Towards Publication

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


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


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dzintra Boyd and Sarah Vincent

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399254269 (Dzintra)

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have completed Developing a Writing Project (COMM2458)

Course Description

This course takes you through the process involved in preparing a manuscript for publication, including final drafting, editing, manuscript presentation and pitching your work to publishers. During the course you will take on the role of either writer or editor, and collaborate with other students to learn first-hand about the writer/editor relationship. Student can develop and prepare a fiction or non-fiction manuscript for publication with a view to approaching publishers with their work, edit an anthology of student work, or focus on and be given an opportunity to complete an industry placement or a project.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate critical thinking and innovation when identifying and responding to problems in diverse contexts within writing, editing and publishing
  • work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness
  • apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making as a writer, editor or future student.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. communicate your writing and/or editing corrections, suggestions and concerns to fellow authors and editors
  2. format your manuscript with consideration for presentation issues such as font, alignment, line spacing and margins
  3. identify suitable markets for your work and devise appropriate methods of targeting these markets
  4. identify the publisher(s) most suitable for you to work with, either as a writer or editor and initiate contact with publishers via query letters, proposals and/or brief synopses
  5. pitch your project to the most appropriate publisher
  6. collaborate with other professionals on a range of projects

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • class discussions and activities, which provide the framework for exploring course content and practising relevant skills
  • guest lectures from specialist industry speakers
  • workshops to assist with manuscript development
  • independent research and study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials
  • industry placement 

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.

An 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. 

All students will undertake Assessment 1: Anthology Contribution (25%) CLO 1, 2, 6

Students will be further assessed in the following streams:

Writing stream (75%) CLO 3, 4, 5


Editing Stream (75%) CLO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6


Placement Stream (75%) 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment