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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism OR 60 credit points in any SCU writing units

Unit aim

Develops student skills in and understanding of publishing and editing, and knowledge of related historical, ethical and legal issues. Students will be introduced to print- and screen-based editing and publishing, and the communication, language, technical and project-management skills to edit and publish texts in context. Intended as a second/third-year unit. Extensive group work is required in this unit.

Unit content

Topic 1.   Introduction to publishing and Coastlines
Topic 2.   Defining roles, skills and responsibilities in publishing
Topic 3.   Structural editing
Topic 4.   Copyediting
Topic 5.   Interpersonal communication
Topic 6.   Publishing project vision:Art and design
Topic 7.   Marketing
Topic 8.   Project management. Ethics and legal issues
Topic 9.   Proofreading
Topic10.  Changes in publishing
Topic 11. Publishing: Art or Business
Topic 12. Critical reflection in a profession.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate knowledge of English language use to a very high standard Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
2 demonstrate the professional editorial skills of marketing/promotion, interpersonal communication, quoting, setting up/working to an editorial brief, project-management, and familiarity with technology Communication and social skills
3 discuss design principles Communication and social skills
4 discuss the publishing industry's processes and structures and its associated ethics and legalities Ethical practice Communication and social skills
5 reflect on the history of publishing. Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of English language use to a very high standard
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. demonstrate the professional editorial skills of marketing/promotion, interpersonal communication, quoting, setting up/working to an editorial brief, project-management, and familiarity with technology
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. discuss design principles
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. discuss the publishing industry's processes and structures and its associated ethics and legalities
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. reflect on the history of publishing.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Davies, G & Balkwill, R, 2011, The professionals’ guide to publishing , Kogan Page, London.
  • Flann, E & Hill, B , 2005, The Australian editing handbook, Common Ground, Alton, Victoria.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.