Editing I: Copyediting and Proofreading
This course is not active. Please contact Department Chair for more information.
- 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
- 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
- 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
The course will use a combination of lecture, discussion, individual work, and group work, with emphasis on hands-on editing of documents.
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%|
|Professionalism (as defined)||10%|
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.
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.
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|Institution||Transfer Details for PRFU 1230|
|There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.|