Basic Proofreading

Typographical errors are funny only in other people’s reports, brochures, memos, websites, or emails. Everyone responsible for written material needs to know how to proofread.

Topics in this course include the proofreading process, how to mark copy for correction, the difference between copy editing and proofreading, computers and proofreading, and when you should hire professionals.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Patricia Graca $308.00 0 Join Waitlist
Online - - $308.00 21 Register
Online - - $308.00 24 Register

Instructional hours: 6

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the stages in the editorial process, including the place of proofreading
  • List and describe each of the proofreader’s responsibilities
  • Distinguish between live copy and dead copy
  • Proofread a document by reading the live copy against the dead copy, both alone and with a partner
  • Proofread a document without dead copy
  • Use proofreading symbols to mark copy and explain why using the standard symbols is important
  • Develop and use an editorial style sheet when proofreading, and explain why style sheets are important
  • Add queries to a document when information is missing or there are inconsistencies

How will I learn?

  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Exercises

How will I be evaluated?

  • Participation in weekly online discussions: 15%
  • Final examination: 85%

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements

  • A printer to print the practice exercises and exam.
  • A scanner to scan the completed exam for uploading to the online course site.

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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