The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

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.

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    Learning outcomes

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

    1. Apply basic copy editing skill 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. Apply basic skills in 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


    Computer Lab

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term