Basic Proofreading

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, the difference between proofreading and other editing stages, how to mark hard-copy and electronic proofs for correction, and when and how to query issues that fall outside a proofreader’s responsibilities.

The final assignment for this course is due two weeks after the course ends.

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Lana Okerlund $308.00 0 Join Waitlist
Online - - TBD $308.00 20 -
Online - - TBD $308.00 20 -
Online - - TBD $308.00 20 -

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
  • Proofread the text and visual components of a document
  • Use proofreading symbols to mark a hard-copy proof
  • Use Adobe Acrobat editing tools and stamps to mark an electronic proof
  • Develop and use an editorial style sheet and a proofreading checklist when proofreading, and explain why these tools are important
  • Add queries to a proof and judge when queries are necessary

How will I learn?

  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Exercises

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

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

The final exam for this course is due two weeks after the course ends.

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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