Monash University Handbooks 2008

PUB4007 - Advanced Editing

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Nick Walker


City (Melbourne) Second semester 2008 (Evening)


This unit is a key component in a program of tuition in editing upon which the student builds to achieve full professional competence. Students will have undertaken basic exercises following completion of an approved pre-requisite and be familiar with the work of the professional editor and the role of copy-editing in the preparation of the manuscript for publication. This subject takes this further and examines specialised applications of copy editorial skill, including, for example, technical and scientific editing. Students will also be allowed to specialise in chosen applied fields.


Upon completion of this subject students should have acquired:

  1. an understanding the editor's role in book, magazine and electronic publishing;
  2. an understanding of editorial skills, including literary, electronic, multimedia, professional and corporate publishing, and scholarly editions;
  3. an understanding of plain language, key principles and practices applicable to the editorial and related functions of a publishing house (including management of freelance editors), style councils.


Seminar essay and presentation (1500 words): 20%
Long Essay (3500 words): 35%
Practical Exercises (3000 words): 30%
Examination (1 hour): 15%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


PUB4002 or PUB4020 or equivalent industry experience



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