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 six days after the course ends (12 days after the last date listed in the schedule).

Note: Basic Proofreading (EDIT220) was the previous version and is equivalent to this course.

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Patricia Graca $452.00 23 Register
Online - Lana Okerlund $452.00 23 Register

Instructional hours: 12

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?

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

  • Define proofreading and describe the proofreader’s main responsibilities
  • Describe the place of proofreading within the publishing process
  • List and describe the main types of errors that a proofreader is responsible for correcting
  • Use proofreading symbols to mark a hard-copy proof
  • Use Adobe Acrobat editing tools and stamps to mark an electronic proof
  • Describe the elements of a methodical proofreading approach
  • Explain what a proofreading checklist is and why this tool is important when proofreading
  • Explain what an editorial style sheet is and why this tool is important when proofreading
  • Judge when queries are necessary and know how to make queries on a proof
  • Determine the scope and expectations for a proofreading project
  • Proofread the text and visual components of a document

How will I learn?

  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Exercises
  • Feedback on assignments

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Participation in discussions
  • Two assignments

The second assignment is due six days 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 assignments
  • A scanner to scan the completed assignments for uploading to the online course site
  • Microsoft Word (or another word-processing program capable of opening documents in .docx format)

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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