The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course introduces students to appropriate theories and methods for editing and designing a book for publication. It is practice-based with a strong emphasis on grammar, technical aspects of editing, creation of style guides and principles of book design. The practical outcome of the course is the creation of a print-ready pdf.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. undertake basic copy editing using editing marks in manual mark-up, and Track Changes in Microsoft Word

2. identify and correct common grammatical errors

3. design a style guide appropriate for a publishing project

4. undertake basic book design and layout

5. demonstrate a critical understanding of ethical, theoretical and practical considerations of editing and publishing


  • Why edit? Pitfalls of editing. Ethical considerations
  • Grammatical aspects of editing
  • Basic editing marks
  • Historical examples - practical copy editing
  • Using Microsoft Word Track Changes
  • Structural editing
  • History of the book, fonts & practical considerations
  • Creating a style guide
  • Setting up a style guide in InDesign
  • Elements of Book Design 1
  • Elements of Book Design 2
  • Practical layout

Assumed knowledge

40 units of English and/or Writing courses, including ENGL1201

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz - Online Grammar Test 15%

In Term Test: In Term Test - in-class editing test 15%

Essay: Essay 40%

Portfolio: Portfolio - Editorial Portfolio 30%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term