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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCity (Melbourne) First semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Nick Walker


An overview of the role of and the relationships between author, editor and designer in publishing in Australia and internationally. Students are taken through the processes involved in the transmission of a text from manuscript to edited form. The role of commissioning editors, literary agents and copy editors are discussed and analysed and opportunities provided for students to practice and enhance their skills as copy editors.


At the completion of the subject the student should have acquired

  1. an understanding the structure and functioning of the publishing firm, of the structure and composition of the publishing industry in Australia and worldwide;
  2. an analytical appreciation of the roles of the copy-editor and the commissioning editor;
  3. foundation knowledge of the theory and practice of copy-editing and skills as copy-editors.


Practical exercises (2000 words): 20%
Three assignments (6000 words): 60%
Participation and presentation: 10%
Examination (1 hour): 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Nick Walker

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week