Final Project: Editing

You will demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have acquired while completing the Editing Certificate by performing a structural edit, stylistic edit, copy edit, and proofreading parts of a non-fiction document that the instructor will provide. At the end of the course, you will have a package containing work samples that demonstrate your ability to recognize and solve common editorial problems.


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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Elizabeth Rains $595.00 8 Register
Online - Elizabeth Rains $595.00 1 Register
TBA Elizabeth Rains $595.00 15 -

This course involves 16 instructional hours and is available only to accepted Editing Certificate students who have completed all other certificate courses.

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?

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

  • Perform a substantive edit on a non-fiction book chapter
  • Copy edit a book chapter
  • Compile a style sheet from a chapter edit
  • Query an author regarding suggestions and changes to a manuscript
  • Proofread a typeset section of a book
  • Properly and legibly use revision symbols in copy editing and proofreading

How will I learn?

  • Online course content
  • Class discussions through online forums
  • Independent assignments
  • Individual consultation

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on your final assignment (100%), which consists of five elements:

  • Substantive editing (20%)
  • Communication with author (20%)
  • Copy editing and style sheet development (20%)
  • Proofreading accuracy (20%)
  • Proper use of revision symbols and attention to guidelines (20%)

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements

You may use either a PC or a Mac for this course, provided your assignment files will open on a PC. We cannot accept files that open only on a Mac. You may submit documents as PDF files unless a particular assignment states otherwise.

  • A printer to print out the assignments
  • A colour scanner or a printer that can scan colour documents
  • Microsoft Word 2003 or later
  • Skype (download it for free)
  • Adobe Connect (You'll receive connection instructions during the course)

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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