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  • Objectives
    Students who successfully complete the postgraduate diploma should have: * a strong grounding in editorial principles and methods across a range of media and genres; * a practical grasp of the use of computers in editing and publishing for print and digital media; * an analytical overview of the organisation and operation of the publishing industries in Australia and the Asia Pacific region; * high-level oral and written communication skills for business and professional contexts; and * developed skills in researching. writing and thinking critically about processes of change in the publishing and communications industries.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Editing and Communications)
  • Course description
        * two compulsory subjects
        * a minimum of four optional subjects
        * a maximum of two additional subjects

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
        
    Compulsory subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-473  Editorial English
    This subject focuses on the key communication skill of editing. It introduces students to the linguistic conventions of editorial English, the use and interpretation of copy-editing symbols, and the parameters of a variety of house styles. Students w...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    106-471  Structural Editing
    This subject focuses on the structural editing of texts in a range of genres, including instructional, polemical, scholarly and narrative works. Students will learn how to analyse the reading practices characteristic of different genres, and will be ...     Semester 2     12.50

    Optional subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-474  The Contemporary Publishing Industry
    This subject provides an overview of the major factors affecting the local and global production, marketing and distribution of books, magazines and electronic publications. It considers the impact of political, social and economic conditions, techno...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-475  Business and Professional Communications
    This subject is concerned with the elements of successful communication in business and professional contexts. It introduces students to key business communications skills, focusing on both written and oral communications. The subject explores pertin...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-518  Print Production and Design
    This subject introduces students to the aesthetics and practice of print production. It outlines the principles of page proportion, the visual characteristics of readable type and the interrelationship of images and text. The subject also surveys the...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-528  Publishing and Communications 5A
    This subject involves a study of an approved topic in publishing and communications. Details of the program being offered will be available from the department. Students who complete this subject successfully should have demonstrated a specialist und...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-526  Ethical and Legal Issues in Publishing
    This subject addresses ethical issues and legal constraints involved in publishing for print and digital media. It reviews existing ethical codes and the mechanisms established to police them, as well as offering an overview of how publishing practic...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-519  Internship
    Students enrolled in this subject will be assisted to find a placement in a publishing or communications environment. They will work for 100 - 120 hours under the guidance of a senior staff person, with additional support from the subject co-ordinato...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    106-476  Technical Writing and Editing
    This subject teaches the writing and editing skills needed in the technical writing profession. The emphasis is on preparing instructional materials (also known as user documentation), both for printed and online delivery. Students will learn how to ...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-477  Writing and Editing for Digital Media
    This subject focuses on the communication techniques required to publish effectively in the digital environment, in particular for professional websites in the public domain. It examines the communication techniques used for ‘old...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-529  Publishing and Communications 5B
    This subject involves a study of an approved topic in publishing and communications. Details of the program being offered will be available from the department. Students who complete this subject successfully should have demonstrated a specialist und...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-533  Print Markets: Structures and Strategies
    This subject focuses on the changing structure of markets for print publications, the impact of digital technologies on the publishing supply chain and the strategic contribution of marketing to the publishing process. Students will examine the chang...     Semester 2     12.50

    Additional subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    100-416  Researching Audiences and Reception
    This subject examines diverse notions of audience power and introduces various research approaches to investigating forms of audience practices and patterns of consumption in an ever-changing mediascape. It provides a detailed understanding of differ...     Semester 1     12.50

    100-419  Public Relations and Corporate Power
    This subject examines the practice of public relations in a globally corporatised environment and pays special attention to its historical and theoretical development in the context of large business corporations. The role of public relations as a hu...     Semester 2     12.50

    100-420  Journalism: Practice and Theory
    This subject aims to provide students with an informed understanding of news organisation and professional practice, their informing determinants and impact on news representations. The course reviews and evaluates a wide range of theoretical framewo...     Semester 2     12.50

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