Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Elizabeth Hart


Previously coded JRN3904


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;

Note: Level 3 students are required to demonstrate a higher level of technical skill and critical argument and scholarship, including a stronger grasp of key concepts.


Online quizzes (equiv 1000 words): 25%
Editing portfolio (equiv 1500 words): 35%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Elizabeth Hart

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



Two second-year journalism units


ATS2657, ATS2791, JRN2904, JRN3904, JRN2205