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EDIT8082 – Content Management for Print and Online Delivery

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Adam Smith
Minna Korhonen
Margaret Wood
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to GradCertEditElecPub or MTransInter or MCrWrit or GradDipCrWrit or MAccComm or MAdvTransInterStud
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit addresses current issues in electronic publishing, examining the many dimensions of communication in which the electronic and print mediums differ, and how to reversion content from print to screen delivery. It analyses their different document structures and page layouts, and issues of navigation and usability for web documents. Methods for indexing print and electronic materials are compared, and the use of metadata to optimise the searchability of website content is also examined. The editor's responsibilities for content in both mediums are discussed, as well as legal and ethical issues, as part of editorial project management.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Assess the advantages and disadvantages of print and electronic publishing
  • ULO2: Apply knowledge of the standard tools and techniques for indexing, for print and web documents
  • ULO3: Predict the impact of current trends on the future of editing and publishing
  • ULO4: Demonstrate understanding of legal, ethical and cultural issues in publishing
  • ULO5: Appraise the elements of editorial project management, and apply them to different publishing contexts

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

How to apply for a late submission of an assignment

All requests for special consideration, including extensions, must be submitted via ASK.mq.edu.au and provide suitable supporting documentation

Late Assignment Submission

  • Late submissions without an extension will receive a penalty of 5% of the total mark available for the assignment per day.
  • Late submission of an assignment without an extension will not be permitted after marks have been released to the rest of the class.
  • Extensions will only be given in special circumstances, and can be requested by completing the Special Consideration request at ask.mq.edu.au and providing the requisite supporting documentation.
  • For more information on Special Consideration, see the university website https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration
  • Assignments submitted after the deadline, regardless of the reason, will be marked and returned at a date determined by the unit convenor.
  • Extensions cannot continue beyond the start of the following semester, and students should be aware that long extensions may impact graduation dates.

Delivery and Resources

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Students will require Internet access with a reliable web browser and e-mail facility. Online lectures are available as audio recordings with supporting slides.

Unit Schedule

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Week 1:               Information delivery: choosing the medium

Week 2:               Verbal content and making it visual                                                

Week 3:               Information structuring for print documents

Week 4:               Information architecture for online documents

Week 5:               Page layouts on paper, onscreen, and online

Week 6:               Navigation, linking and website usability                                        

Week 7:               Electronic publishing, repurposing, and single-sourcing

Semester break

Week 8:               Cultural, legal and ethical issues in editing                                     

Week 9:               Indexing of printed material

Week 10:             Web indexing and metadata

Week 11:             Copyright and permissions

Week 12:             Editorial project management              

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