This specialised Open Colleges course first provides an introduction to the business of editing and proofreading, followed by training in core skill areas. Guided by a current industry practitioner, you will learn techniques for effective proofreading and structural and copy editing. Subjects such as copyright, computer editing and author relationships are addressed, and a complimentary style manual is included to help you with your work.
The course also includes a component on establishing a freelance business, covering the financial and promotional aspects of self-employment.
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- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 24 months
- Qualification Level
- Open Colleges Certificate
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised in Australia
- Written Assessments
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)
Introduction to editing and proofreading
- Introduction to your course
- Grammar: part 1
- Making a living as a freelancer
- Mistakes people make
- How the course is structured
- The industry of editing and proofreading
- Introducing proofreading marks
- Creating the perfect environment
- Proofreading marks: part 1
- The successful career of a freelance proofreader
- Welcome to the wonderful world of proof correction marks
- Computers and editing
- Test your knowledge
- Structural editing of novels
- Structural editing of non-fiction
- Editing versus proofreading: an update
- The spelling debate
- Language is going global
- The importance of consistency and continuity
- Looking out for continuity
- The importance of reading
- How to get started in the freelance editing and proofreading industry
- What is copy editing?
- Becoming a copy editor
- Freelance and editing rates
- Publishers' requirements
- Standards of punctuation
- The copy editor's task
- Proofreading tips
The editor and the author
- Establishing a good relationship with an author
- Who has the final say?
- The editor and political correctness
Editing notes and colloquial speech
- Presentation of editing notes
- How to mark editing notes on a document or manuscript
- Understanding colloquial language
- What is colloquial language?
- Colloquial language is essential to many documents
General knowledge and playing with words
- What is general knowledge?
- Case study
- How do you fact check a document?
- Grammar part 8: compound verbs and adverbs
Computer editing and electronic publishing
- Editing using a computer
- Making editing corrections on-screen
- Electronic publishing and e-books
- Test your general knowledge
- Grammar part 9: what is a split infinitive?
Copyright and author's style
- Protecting your work
- The pitfalls of copyright and defamation
- The difference between defamation, libel and slander
- When is a document out of copyright?
- Are titles of songs covered by copyright?
- How does an editor protect himself or herself from breach of copyright?
- Australian standards for editing practice
Proofreading and design
- Welcome to the efficient world of computers!
- Illustrations, photographs and graphics
Getting down to business
- Tutorial review
- Reference guide
- Parts of speech
- Setting yourself up as a freelancer
- Starting out
- Getting paid
- Promoting yourself
- Introduction to editing and proofreading
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course. However, basic skills in reading and writing English are required.
Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for PC are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 or equivalent,
- Microsoft Windows XP and
- CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader and
- Macromedia Flash player.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education, equivalent to an Australian Year 10 level, in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a better understanding of the subject area and be able to put your new skills into practice.
Carolyn Beaumont BA (University of Sydney) is an editor of novels by Di Morrissey and Peter Watt and non-fiction by R.M. Williams and Quentin Dempster, as well as academic journals and textbooks. She founded a publishing company 20 years ago following a successful career as a TV, radio and print journalist, including as a researcher on The Michael Parkinson Show and assistant editor of the Sunday Telegraph. Carolyn has served as chairman, board of directors, licensee of a radio station Highland and broadcaster. She has taught journalism and general editing with the Open Colleges team for more than 20 years.
- Style manual for authors, editors and printers
- Mark-up pen
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