Writing, Editing and Publishing

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

The editor is the silent hand that guides the writer, and the better the editor, the subtler their skill. If you’re looking to work behind the scenes as an editor, publisher, proofreader or subeditor, then this online unit in Writing, Editing and Publishing will help you to build up practical skills that you can apply to a range of roles.

You will be given a progression of ever more complex editing tasks to practise in workshops throughout the course, which will whip your language skills into shape and ensure you not only know how much and what to change, but what editing symbols to use and how to convey your changes to authors. You will get to know professional practices including the editorial process that’s involved in producing books and magazines, and discover the different roles and relationships at play between editors, writers, publishers and designers.

With the range of on-screen and on-page editing practices covered here you will be ready to work on a variety of publications.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, this unit counts towards a range of Bachelor of Arts programs at Curtin University.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply; however, as this is a level 2 unit, an introductory level of study or prior knowledge is assumed and recommended.

Areas of study

In this Writing, Editing and Publishing unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to publishing
  • The role of the editor
  • Manuscript appraisal and structural editing
  • Editing skills
  • Using MS Word
  • Copyediting
  • Editing for digital delivery
  • Proofreading
  • Introduction to layout and design
  • Designing for print
  • Designing for digital (an introduction)
  • Summary of writing, editing and publishing techniques and skills

Course pathways

This unit is a part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

You can get your editing techniques to a professional standard with this online course, and take your career to the next level as an editor or publisher. Completing this unit of study counts towards a number of arts programs at Curtin University.

By taking this unit you will have gained:

  • Practice working to accepted editing practices and advanced language skills
  • An awareness of the interaction between roles in the publishing industries
  • The ability to edit on-page and on-screen, for a variety of publication types
  • A knowledge of editing symbols, publishing industry terms and ethical and legal issues

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Writing, Editing and Publishing from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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