Final Project: Editing

In this capstone course you will demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have acquired while completing the Editing Certificate. You will perform a structural edit, stylistic edit, copy edit, and proofread of a non-fiction book that the instructor will provide. You will define a target audience for the book and communicate with a client in line with the audience’s needs. You will select photos and advise the client about their potential use in the book. Students will be encouraged to develop their own professional approach to client communications and project production. At the end of the course, you will have a package containing work samples that demonstrate your ability to recognize and solve 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 $668.00 0 Join Waitlist
Online - - TBD $668.00 13 Register
Online - - TBD $668.00 18 Register

This course involves 18 instructional hours and is available only to accepted Editing Certificate students who have completed all other certificate courses.

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

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

  • Recommend an editing plan to a client
  • Analyze the audience for a book
  • Recommend a book title according to audience and topic
  • Construct a structural outline of a non-fiction book
  • Revise a book chapter according to stylistic editing standards
  • Revise a book chapter according to copy editing standards
  • Compare, select and categorize stylistic issues for a style sheet
  • Appraise visual editing components of a manuscript
  • Proofread a section of a book according to proofreading standards
  • Compare a typeset section of a book with an original manuscript

How will I learn?

As this is the final course in the Editing certificate program, prepare to spend 10 to 20 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
  • Class discussions through online forums
  • Independent assignments
  • Individual consultation

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on your final project and a professional practice assessment.  The final project is to be submitted in two parts:

  • Part 1: due partway through the course
  • Part 2: due the day after the course ends

Textbooks and learning materials

Recommended text:

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed, (or later): 2010. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226104201

The course text is available in print, or by an annual or free 30-day trial online subscription here.

We will provide all other 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 (2010 or newer) and being comfortable with Track Changes function

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.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

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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