Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louise Poland


Previously coded PUB4002


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 copyeditors.


At the completion of the subject the student should have acquired:

  1. an understanding of the structure and functioning of the publishing firm, and of the structure and composition of the publishing industry in Australia and worldwide
  2. an analytical appreciation of the roles of the copyeditor and the commissioning editor
  3. foundation knowledge of the theory and practice of copyediting and skills as copyeditors.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week