This communication course familiarizes students with the role of professional editors in the contemporary workplace and introduces the principles, symbols and methods of copyediting and substantive editing. Students will spend a significant percentage of class time practicing their editing skills and fine tuning their understanding of grammar and mechanics. The course will help to prepare students for a typical competency test required by many employers for professional writing positions. NOTE: Students do not need to submit transcripts for entrance to this course. BUT, in the case of formal or informal grade appeals or reviews they will be asked to show proof of their English requirements. Students who wish to confirm their English level are strongly advised to take COMM 0015.
Students must have one of the following: 1) English 12 "67%" (C+) or equivalent (refer to BCIT's Admission page); 2) COMM 0015 score of 70 or better.
*(A)* REQUIREMENT: This ONLINE course uses online learning approaches and BCIT’s online learning platform D2L for five sessions and a mandatory "in-person" final exam on the sixth session. The classes are online classes, but they are NOT self-paced: you will have readings, discussions, peer review, and assignments to complete each week as scheduled (although you do *not* have to be online at a particular time or on a particular day). Your weekly participation is essential to succeed in this course. You must have an e-mail address, internet access, and access to a computer capable of downloading documents and visiting websites. BCIT's online learning platform D2L also has browser requirements. There is a required textbook for this course. *(B)* FINAL EXAM: The final exam is on Thursday, December 4, 2014, from 1830 to 2130 at BCIT Downtown Campus. *(C)* TEXTBOOK: You may purchase the hard copy textbook through the BCIT Bookstore website at www.bcitbookstore.ca/distance/ or as an eBook through a vendor unaffiliated with BCIT (note that BCIT is not responsible for textbooks or eBooks purchased from unaffiliated vendors and cannot offer technical or other assistance with textbooks or eBooks purchased off campus).
Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Describe the role of professional editors in performing proofreading, basic copyediting, and substantive editing.
Copymark hard and soft copy.
Perform basic copyediting to ensure documents are correct, consistent, accurate and complete.
Edit quantitative and technical material.
Perform substantive editing.
Explain the importance of editing to style guides and editing considerations for globalization, localization and translation. Edit visual design and illustrations.
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