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Editing I: Copyediting and Proofreading

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Print Futures
Course Code
PRFU 1230
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course develops a basic understanding of copyediting and proofreading and the process by which editors work with writers. Students will apply editing and business skills to communicate with others and produce professionally presented, edited materials.
Course Content

  1. Editing for Standards of Grammar and Usage
    Successful students will:
    • become more familiar with Canadian English standards of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage
    • compare English, American, and Canadian language conventions
    • examine different usage manuals, editors’ reference books, and style manuals for editing applications
    • become familiar with a variety of dictionaries, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of each
    • become aware of language that promotes sexual bias and racial stereotyping
  2. Basic Editing
    Working with documents on paper and/or on-screen, successful students will:
    • examine documents for spelling, grammar, clarity, and appropriateness
    • use standard copyediting symbols to suggest changes to be made in print or electronic documents
    • edit material for sexual and racial stereotyping, libelous statements, and sensitivities of the consumer
    • perform minor rewrites of material, retaining style, substance, and intent of the original
    • check material for factual accuracy
    • understand basic legal issues involved in editing, including copyright and permissions
    • become familiar with basic editing tools, including style sheets and notation sheets
    • identify problems related to grammar and provide suggestions for improvement
    • examine the relationship between the writer and the editor in the production of documents
    • discuss problems of censorship in written materials
    • prepare a professional package of information for authors of documents
    • develop the skills required to present editorial feedback in an effective, professional way
    • become aware of how copyediting and proofreading differ from each other and from other types of editing
  3. Editing and Production
    Successful students will:
    • look at the role of copyediting and proofreading in the publishing of print and electronic documents
    • become familiar with print and production terminology and tools
    • use standard proofreading symbols and techniques to indicate changes to be made in print or electronic documents

Methods Of Instruction

The course will use a combination of lecture, discussion, individual work, and group work, with emphasis on hands-on editing of documents.

Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, ability to meet deadlines, presentation skills, and accurate self-evaluation.

Evaluation will be based on this general format:

Short editing assignments 20%
Major copyediting assignment 20%
Major proofreading assignment 25%
Final exam 25%
Professionalism (as defined) 10%
Learning Outcomes

Students will edit basic documents for readability, style, substance, and grammatical accuracy. They will learn and use standard copyediting and proofreading symbols; will practise copyediting and proofreading techniques on paper and on-screen; will practise communicating editing decisions in an effective, professional way; and will develop an understanding of the editor’s role in the scheduling and production of print and Web documents.

Textbook Materials

Texts may include the following:

  • Judd, Karen. Copyediting: A Practical Guide. 3rd ed. Crisp Learning, 2001.
  • Smith, Peggy. Letter Perfect: A Guide to Practical Proofreading. Editorial Experts, 1995.



PRFU 1100 or permission of the coordinator


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Langara College (LANG) DOUG PRFU 1230 (3) & DOUG PRFU 2330 (3) = LANG PUBL 1155 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Langara College (LANG) DOUG PRFU 1230 (3) & DOUG PRFU 2330 (3) = LANG PUBL 1155 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 1XXX (3) 2011/01/01 to 2016/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU COMM 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2005/05/01 to 2016/12/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ARTS 1st (3), Total allowable transfer credit for Douglas PRFU courses is 9. 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENGL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CMNS 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU HUMA 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.