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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies


Dr Louise Poland


Not offered in 2016


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 practise and enhance their copy-editing skills. Different styles and requirements of copy-editing introduced.


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

  1. an understanding the structure and functioning of the publishing firm, of the structure and composition of the publishing industry in Australia and worldwide
  2. an analytical appreciation of the roles of the copy-editor and the commissioning editor
  3. foundation knowledge of the theory and practice of copy-editing and skills as copy-editors
  4. an understanding of different varieties of editing and style.


Within semester assessment: 90%
Exam: 10%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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