Monash University Handbooks 2008

PUB4020 - Copy Editing for Professionals

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: David Dunstan


Not offered in 2008


This unit provides an overview of the role of the editor or writer of texts for publication or communication in fields such as Science and Technology, Medicine, Psychology, Education, Law or Finance where specialist editors and publishers produce books, journals or other publications in printed and electronic forms. The editors who prepare them for publication apply professional knowledge and skills in ways that meet subject-specific requirements and expectations. This unit is vocational and will provide the student with a sound understanding of copy-editing in both its essential elements and its application for professional purposes.


Upon completion students should have acquired:

  1. a basic understanding of the theory and practice of copy-editing,
  2. an in-depth introduction to the particular requirements and expectations of editorial practice in their field of knowledge or specialisation,
  3. an understanding in outline of the publishing industry in Australia and internationally in professional, reference and educational publishing,
  4. an ability to apply their knowledge by copy-editing texts specific to their field.


Three practical exercises (500 words each): 30%; Two assignments (1500 words each): 60%; participation and verbal presentation: 10%

Contact hours

Two hours per week plus guest lectures and excursions





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