About this unit
The editor is the silent hand that guides the writer, and the better the editor, the subtler their skill. If you’re looking to work behind the scenes as an editor, publisher, proofreader or subeditor, then this online unit in Writing, Editing and Publishing will help you to build up practical skills that you can apply to a range of roles.
You will be given a progression of ever more complex editing tasks to practise in workshops throughout the course, which will whip your language skills into shape and ensure you not only know how much and what to change, but what editing symbols to use and how to convey your changes to authors. You will get to know professional practices including the editorial process that’s involved in producing books and magazines, and discover the different roles and relationships at play between editors, writers, publishers and designers.
With the range of on-screen and on-page editing practices covered here you will be ready to work on a variety of publications.
Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, this unit counts towards a range of Bachelor of Arts programs at Curtin University.
Course pathwaysThis unit is a part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing), Curtin University
- Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management), Curtin University
- Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications), Curtin University
- Introduction to publishing
- The role of the editor
- Manuscript appraisal and structural editing
- Editing skills
- Using MS Word
- Editing for digital delivery
- Introduction to layout and design
- Designing for print
- Designing for digital (an introduction)
- Summary of writing, editing and publishing techniques and skills
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.