Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Editing

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5181

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Editing

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 85.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:

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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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.



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Editing


1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media   

2. Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

4. Plan the writing

5. Realise writings                              

Learning Outcomes

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

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.