SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.
Editing in Academic and Professional Contexts
An introduction to the levels of editing – structural, stylistic, and copy editing – and how to apply these skills to academic and professional documents such as essays, articles, literary writing, and reports. This course will give students the tools to edit the work of others and to revise their own work for persuasiveness, elegance of expression, and clarity of meaning. The modular component allows students to tailor the course to their interests and needs.
This 12-week course has six modules. The first (week 1) offers a general introduction to what editors do and the wide variety of materials that they work on. It provides an overview of the three main levels of editing and where these editorial stages occur in the publishing process. The next three modules (weeks 2 to 7) focus on different levels of editing: structural, stylistic, and copy editing.
In the structural editing portion of the course, students will assess a manuscript and propose restructuring to suit the intended audience. Exercises in stylistic editing will give practice in issues such as reducing wordiness, avoiding bias, varying sentence length, ensuring logical connections, promoting clarity of meaning, and adjusting language level to audience. The copy editing module focuses on consistency, correctness, and completeness. Students will develop a style sheet and learn to consistently apply categories of editorial style (e.g., abbreviations, capitalization, treatment of numbers, Canadian spelling, documentation).
Module 5 spans four weeks (8 to 11) and provides students with the opportunity to explore two genres in some depth. Students will choose from Option 5A – Academic and Scholarly Publishing (academic essays and scholarly books); Option 5B – Reports (business reports, technical reports, government reports); Option 5C – Fiction (short stories, novels); or Option 5D – Literary and Creative Non-Fiction (personal essays, travel writing, memoir). These options allow students to develop their skills in areas of writing of particular interest to them.
The last module (week 12) stresses professional development in the evolving world of publishing.
Students will be evaluated on five editing assignments (50%), three quizzes (15%), and participation in online activities and discussions (35%). The editing component will include peer critique. This course has no final exam.
Quiz 1 – knowledge of the publishing process and the three levels of editing (5%)
Quiz 2 – stylistic editing / grammar (5%)
Quiz 3 – copy editing / grammar (5%)
Assignment 1 – structural editing (10%)
Assignment 2 – stylistic editing (10%)
Assignment 3 – copy editing (10%)
Assignment 4 – one of the options in Module 5 (10%)
Assignment 5 – one of the options in Module 5 (10%)
Participation in and completion of online activities (35%)
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Students will obtain their lesson information and any supplementary matierials on Moodle beginning the first day of term.
- Fisher Saller, Carol. The Subversive Copyeditor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
- Einsohn, Amy. The Copyeditor’s Handbook. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
- Cahn, Steven, M., and Victor L. Cahn. Polishing Your Prose: How to Turn First Drafts into Finished Work. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
- WRIT 265 readings posted online.
- Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Available from the Queen’s library website, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/contents.html
- Canadian Oxford Dictionary (available online).
Students can expect to spend approximately 8-10 hours a week in study / practice and online activity for WRIT 265.
Students are expected to participate in online activities and discussions throughout the course. Quizzes are due in weeks 3, 5, and 7. Assignments are due in weeks 4 (structural editing), 6 (stylistic editing), 8 (copy editing), 10 (genre of choice), and 12 (genre of choice).
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2013-14 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $597.70; for a 6.0-unit course, $1195.40. See also Tuition and Payment.
All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.