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Course details

​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.

Prerequisite(s)

  • No prerequisites are required for this course.

Credits

1.5

Cost

$329.18

Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of XCOM 1008 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 90374

Duration

Thu Feb 23 - Thu Mar 30 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 90374
  • $329.18
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 23 - Mar 30 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

TBD

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$329.18

Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE DELIVERY: This is not a self-paced course. There will be specific timelines for assignments and exams. You will have readings, discussions, peer review, and assignments to complete each week (although you do NOT have to be online at a particular time or on a particular day). On the start date of your class (not before), log into learn.bcit.ca to access your course link.
Status

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the role of professional editors in performing proofreading, basic copyediting, and substantive editing.
  • Copy mark 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.

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Technical Editing (XCOM 1008) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Technical Communication Essentials
    Microcredential Part-time
  2. Technical Writing
    Associate Certificate Part-time

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