- Course Number:
- WR 9599
- Course Title:
- Professional Editing
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Course DescriptionIntroduces different types of editors and edits. Includes extensive editing practice with a wide variety of projects, individual and team based. Also emphasizes the editor's critical role in the production process. Prerequisites: WR 122 or WR 214. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Outcomes for this course require working through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising; in addition, the reading outcomes require time to read, reread, reflect, respond, interpret, analyze, and evaluate.
Upon completion of WR 9599 with a "C" or better, the student will be able to:
1. Assess a project and determine the appropriate level of edit based on audience analysis and available style guides.
2. Apply levels of edit to text, graphics, and overall document design in such media as hardcopy, online, Web documents, and multimedia applications.
3. Work and problem solve effectively using collaborative techniques, respecting the work of writers and other editors, knowing that seldom is only one editing solution right and all others wrong.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment tasks will include the followingÃ
o Comprehensive and substantive editing projects based on audience analysis and available style guides.
o Active, positive participation in class and in small group activities
Peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process. Other assessment tools may include group and individual presentations or a midterm and final exam.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
The course themes, concepts, and issues may include:
- Audience analysis, including editing for audiences whose culture, values, customs,
- experiences, and ways of thinking may differ from those of the editor
- Editing for correctness, consistency, completeness, and accuracy
- Editing to increase the readability and accuracy of documents that may be translated
- Editor°s role in defining the need, purpose, and scope of a document
- Editor°s role in establishing standards
- Effective collaboration
- Levels of edit
- Neutral, unbiased language
- Professional editing organizations and resources for grammar, style, and online editing
- Project Management
- Safety, liability, and ethical considerations
- Standard proofreading marks
- Strategies for editing in different media
- Style guides
Competencies and Skills
a. Establishing the need, purpose, and scope of a document
b. Identifying the various levels of edit
c. Editing to the requirements of a style guide
d. Analyzing audience, including audiences whose culture, values, customs, experiences, and ways of thinking may differ from those of the editor
e. Establishing standards
a. Editing for correctness, consistency, completeness and accuracy
b. Editing for safety, liability, and ethical considerations
c. Editing for neutral, unbiased language
d. Editing to for readability and accuracy of documents that may be translated
e. Applying editing strategies for different media
f. Using standard proofreading marks
g. Editing illustrations,
h. Editing tables, equations, and other quantitative material
i. Using professional editing organizations and grammar, style, and online editing resources
a. Collaborating effectively
b. Managing projects
c. Understanding key roles in the document production cycle