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.

The final assignment for this course is due four days 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 - Elizabeth Rains $668.00 7 Register
Online - Elizabeth Rains $668.00 17 -

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

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end 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, which consists of five elements:

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

The final assignment is due four days after the course ends.

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

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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English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

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