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Editing FAQs

Some frequently asked questions about the Graduate Certificate of Editing and Electronic Publishing


Is the Graduate Certificate of Editing and Electronic Publishing professionally accredited/recognised by industry?

We previously offered a Postgraduate Diploma of Editing and Publishing which had accreditation from the APA.  As we don't have the publishing element in our current Certificate program, this accreditation is no longer current.  However, much of the content has certainly been recognised by the industry, and our students have found that publishers value the qualification.

What are the strengths of the Macquarie course versus those offered by other universities?

The Macquarie course has a much stronger focus on web-based and online editing, while still focusing on the key skills that an editor needs. Its strengths are:

(1) All its units are designed around the needs of practising editors.
(2) It gives students a strong linguistic background to work with.
(3) It teaches editing practice in the context of editorial project management.
(4) It draws on the expertise of its consultant Pam Peters DE.
(5) It is backed up by research and the practical experience associated with our consultancy work on the Australian Government Style Manual.

Can I study part time?

Yes, the course is designed around part-time study, as we expect most students to be working.  That is part of the attraction of the online mode - you can study at times that suit you.

Does the course have anything that would help me increase my skills in the online arena?

Yes, definitely. All the units have elements that look at working online, from theoretical issues such as how people read on a screen, to practical exercises such as editing online and designing a homepage with consideration of layout, font choice etc.

What practical skills would I be able to gain from this course?

You would get training in copyediting and structural editing for print and online documents, as well as hopefully, gaining a better understanding of how language works in communicating to different audiences.  Other skills would include editorial project management, and indexing.

Does the course have a component dealing with book-length manuscripts (regardless of whether fiction/non-fiction)?

We look at all kinds of publications, including the kind of structural issues involved with editing book-length manuscripts (including theses).

Does the course address e-books?

Yes the course does address e-books on several levels.

Is there much attention given to production/publications processes (whether print or e-book)?

Production processes are not central to the course, but are touched on at various points.

Does the program prepare students for the IPEd examination?

Our course in Editing and Electronic Publishing references the IPEd Accreditation Board exam at the start (EDIT 980) as the Australian benchmark for students to achieve in copy-editing and substantive/structural editing knowledge. These aspects of editing are addressed in-depth and in-context in all three units, with assignments in copy-editing as well as the larger issues of structural editing and content management for print and onscreen delivery. The levels of editing set out in the Australian Standards for Editing Practice are our framework. The Macquarie course offers regular practice and sustained engagement with other students and staff in dealing with editorial issues. It aims to enhance the skills and enrich the experience of early career editors, empowering them to become editorial project managers.

Is there a chance to meet with academic members of staff, despite the program being delivered online?

Yes, Adam Smith (convener) and Pam Peters (consultant) are always happy to meet with students if they can come in to the university, to discuss any issues.

Is there any opportunity for further study after I complete this course?

Macquarie University offers a Master of Research program that would allow you to take your study further in the field of editing.