Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2012 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Robert Carey


Previously coded JRM4910


This unit introduces students to the basic principles, techniques and professional practice of editing, layout, design and production across print and online media. The subject covers print in all its forms as well as aspects of editing for online publications. The subject covers the theory and practice of editing, the role of the sub-editor, and basic design and layout for print and online media.


Students who satisfactorily complete this unit will:

  1. understand the differences in editorial approach between print and online publication and the role of sub-editing in applying these approaches to different publications
  2. have gained an understanding of target audiences and how style guides in text editing and design practices are applied for different readerships
  3. have the ability to apply sub-editing skills across print and online media
  4. understand and analyse a range of text and layout styles across publications and be able to apply these at a basic professional level
  5. have an understanding of ethical and other problems that can arise in editing practice and how issues of gender, racism, ethnicity, disability and class are linked to media production
  6. have explored new forms of presenting stories and information in a print publication.


Online Discussion group on audience and style (1200 words): 25%
Research brief for target audience and style (1200 words): 25%
Copy editing and layout: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Philip Chubb

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week