Technical and Science Editing
|Lawrence Souder, Ph.D.||
Office Hours: by appointment
|Office/mailbox: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 100
E-mail: LS39 @ drexel.edu
Description: Editors have a challenging job because their work can invoke in their writers a wide range of feelings: from indifference to resentment. For this reason editors must understand not just the process of correcting and revising the written word, but also the politics and psychology of working with writers and clients. Through studying the current state of the art of editing, examining case studies of professional editorial settings, and conversing directly with practicing editors, students in this course will explore within the field of editing such topics as:
This course articulates with the content and goals of other courses in the Department of Communication, specificially COM310 (Technical Communication) and COM320 (Science Communication).
Objectives: If you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:
Text: Carolyn D. Rude, Technical Editing, 5th Edition, Longman, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0-20578671-8.
Assignments: Each week in this course will require you to prepare a reading and a writing assignment. Most readings are chapters from the textbook. Click on the chapter designators in the Reading Due column of the Assignment Schedule for study guide questions to help you focus on their key terms and concepts.
Most writing assignments are opportunities to apply the perspectives and principles explicated in the textbook to your own projects. Click on the items in the Writing Due column of the Assignment Schedule for specific details. Because the emphasis in this course is on professional editing, you will be expected to be sensitive to the importance of deadlines. For this reason, late assignments will be penalized one letter grade increment for each class day late.
Grading: In this course you can receive a maximum of 1000 points. Your final grade will be computed on the basis of the following
|Weekly editing exercises
|Lectures (Graduate)||200 points|
|Project 1 (Undergraduate)||100 points|
|Project 2 (Undergraduate)||100 points|
|Project 3||200 points|
|Project 4||300 points|
|A+: 1000 – 967 points = 4.00||C+: 799 – 767 points = 2.33|
|A: 966 – 933 points = 4.00||C: 766 – 733 points = 2.00|
|A-: 932 – 900 points = 3.67||C-: 732 – 700 points = 1.67|
|B+: 899 – 867 points = 3.33||D+: 699 – 667 points = 1.33|
|B: 866 – 833 points = 3.00||D: 666 – 600 points = 1.00|
|B-: 832 – 800 points = 2.67||F: 599 – 0 points = 0.00|
Academic Honesty: It is assumed that the work you submit for this course, whether written or spoken, is your own. Any attempt to represent someone else's work as your own will be considered plagiarism. See the University's policy on plagiarism--a form of academic misconduct. Plagiarism includes copying another student's work on papers or tests, copying without attribution the ideas or words from published sources, and submitting papers written in previous semesters. Such academic misconduct will result in a failing grade for the assignment, a probable failing grade for the course, and a report to the Dean for possible disciplinary action.
Special Needs: Students with disabilities requesting accommodations and services at Drexel University need to present a current accommodation verification letter (AVL) to faculty before accommodations can be made. AVLs are issued by the Office of Disability Services (ODS. For additional information, contact the ODS at http://drexel.edu/disability/, 3201 Arch St., Ste. 210, Philadelphia, PA 19104, V 215.895.1401, or TTY 215.895.2299.
Other resources for students with special needs are available from the following:
Course Add/Drop/Withdrawal: Refer to the University's policies to add/drop or to withdraw from this course.
|1||The context of editing||1||[in-class sample]|
|2||Readers and Users; Client projects||2; 24|
|3||Writers and Editors; Legal and ethical issues||3; 21|
|4||Comprehensive editing 1||17; 14||Client Project - R1|
|5||Comprehensive editing 2||15; 16|
|6||Editing tools and methods||4; 5; 6||Client Project - R2|
|7||Copyediting 1||7; 8; 9|
|8||Copyediting 2||10; 11||Client Project - R3|
|10||Client Project - R4|
*Numbers refer to chapters in Rude's Technical Editing, 5th edition.Projects