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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
- Editorial functions and
- Readers and uses of documents
- The editor—writer
- The editor's methods and
- The differences among proofreading,
copyediting, and comprehensive editing
- Legal and ethical issues
This course articulates with
the content and goals of other courses in the Department of Culture and Communication,
specificially COM 510 (Technical Communication), 520 (Science Communication),
and COM 875 (Ethics for Science and Technical Communication).
Objectives: If you
successfully complete this course, you will be able to:
- describe the pragmatic
dimensions of scientific and technical settings within which editors must
- identify the appropriate
editing strategies for specific professional settings, documents, and writers
- exercise competence at
proofreading, copyediting, and comprehensive editing
- describe some of the common
ethical and legal concerns that editors must confront
Text: Carolyn D. Rude,
Technical Editing, 5th Edition, Longman, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0-20578671-8.
course will proceed as a seminar. As such, it will require you to take an active
role in presenting and discussing ideas in class. No midterm or final exams
will be given. Your final grade will be computed on the basis of the following
- 20% = class work (discussions,
quizzes, and exercises)
- 20% = presentations
- 60% = projects
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.
In addition to the ongoing
reading and writing assignments, each of you will give a formal presentation
at some point in the course. Click on the link to presentations for details.
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 is plagiarism.
Plagiarism includes copying another student's work on papers or tests, copying
without attribution the ideas or words from published sources, submitting papers
written in previous semesters, and referring to notes during exams. For more
clarification on plagiarism, see Drexel's
Student Handbook. 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. Be advised that internet services
such as EVE 2.3 and Turnitin.com
make the detection of plagiarism easy.
You are expected to attend all classes. Attendance is important to your progress
and your classmates'. Much of what you learn will come from discussions and
interactions with your fellow students. A formal presentation for which you
are absent will be graded as an F. If an emergency prevents you from attending
class (such as a personal illness or family emergency), please contact me in
advance of your absence. You may miss one class without penalty; any additional
absences will reduce your final grade.
Users; Client projects
- Phase 1
Editors; Legal and ethical issues
- Phase 2
- Phase 3
- Phase 4
- Phase 5
*Numbers refer to chapters
in Rude's Technical Editing, 5th edition.