Editing Masterclass

Subject PUBL90021 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2
Total Time Commitment:



Successful completion of PUBL90002 Editorial English and PUBL90001 Structural Editing with a grade average of 75% in both subjects.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Mark Davis, Ms Bryony Cosgrove


Bryony Cosgrove


Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to the principles and practices associated with the development and structural editing of a range of texts from five specialised genres: fiction, literary non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction, children's and young adult, and educational. Students will be presented with manuscripts across these specialised genres, by a combination of Publishing and Communications staff and guest lecturers from the relevant fields. Each genre will be covered in detail over two weeks of the semester. On successful completion of this subject students will have acquired advanced skills in manuscript appraisal and editing.


Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • understand current protocols and practices in the book publishing industry;
  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the principles of structural editing across a range of genres; and
  • demonstrate skills in the critical assessment of manuscripts using a range of online and print-based materials.

Students will be required to work with two manuscripts (selected from a possible 5) and prepare two 2500-word structural editing reports worth 50% each. Assignments to be submitted in the examination period. Students must attend at least 80% of classes to be eligible for assessment. Essays submitted after the due date without an extension will be penalised 2% per day. Essays submitted after two weeks of the assessment due date without a formally approved application for special consideration or an extension will only be marked on a pass/fail basis if accepted.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop. Manuscripts to be provided by guest lecturers.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • develop skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for reading, seminar discussions and assessment;
  • develop a capacity for close critical analysis through engagement with a range of texts; and
  • develop a capacity for effective teamwork through group discussions and collaborative exercises.
Related Course(s): Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing
Master of Publishing and Communications
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Editing and Communications)

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