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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ndaeyo Uko


Previously coded JRN2904


This unit introduces students to the principles and practice of digital sub-editing and design for publications. It equips students with skills needed to design and edit written and visual material, with a focus on newspapers, magazines and online publications. Students learn how to write headlines, edit copy, design pages, write captions, and crop images to suit publication requirements. Overall the unit emphases attention to detail and developing a flair for dynamic page design. These skills build on students' knowledge of news values, news and feature writing skills, and visual and digital technologies.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to sub-edit and design pages in a clear, concise, accurate and stylish manner;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to meet deadlines and sub-edit and design under pressure; 3.Understand the application of page design, layout and photo editing principles; 4.Understand how technology has changed and enhanced production processes in newspaper, magazine and online publishing ;
  3. Develop a competence in the use of editing software to layout and design news and feature pages for various media platforms.


In-class editing quizzes (equiv 900 words):20% (DE students, online editing quizzes)
Minor editing portfolio (equiv 900 words): 20%
Major editing portfolio: 40%, with online critical reflection (600 words)
In-class presentation (equiv 2700 words): 20% (DE students to present on MUSO)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ndaeyo Uko

Contact hours

2 hours (one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



ATS1330 and ATS1331


ATS3657, ATS2791 , ATS3657, JRN2205, JRN2904, JRN3904