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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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


The organisation, objectives and operations of typical publishing firms. Principles and practices of management in the publishing industry. Topics include the objectives of the firm; decision-making processes; the management of intellectual property, including contracting with authors, suppliers, distributors, other publishers; financial management; the creation and supervision of teams; project management; the supervision of team-leaders and project managers; staff appraisals; the management of specialists and suppliers, including outsourcing; information technology, records and archives management; managing change in the firm.


At the completion of the subject candidates should have acquired:

  1. a sound understanding of the importance of management in publishing;
  2. an understanding of key principles and practices applicable to the publishing firm, the organisation of the publishing firm and of the publishing industry;
  3. analytical, problem-solving and presentational skills appropriate to the context of publishing.


Two projects and practical assignments (2000 words): 45%
Essay (1500 words): 35%
Examination (1000 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Nick Walker

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week plus industry seminars


48 points at 4th year level including PUB 4001, PUB4002 and PUB4003 or equivalent, or with the approval of the co-ordinator.