ATS2791 - Editing and design - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Fay Anderson


Ms Corinna Hente

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two first-year level units in Journalism.


ATS2657, ATS3657


This unit provides a detailed exploration of the main sub-editing, editing and design practices for print and online media. It explores a range of genres, styles and modes of address in contemporary usage for newspapers, magazines, and websites. It critically considers the implications for journalists of different modes of audience and demographic engagement. Students will bring editing and design skills together in a personal media project. Please be aware that access to certain technology/equipment will be required for this unit. Contact the unit coordinator for details.


On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to commission written reports, edit and lay-out print and visual material for publication in print and online media;
  2. demonstrate an ability to sub-edit in a clear, concise, accurate way in a variety of narrative genres;
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with feature journalism, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard;
  4. work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce edited reports;
  5. demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and edit under pressure;
  6. demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 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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