ENGL 3183 – PROFESSIONAL EDITING – Section W1


Course Description –
The student will study and practice technical and scientific editing skills, develop and improve effectiveness of personal writing skills, engage in effective peer-editing, and complete a major editing project.

Pre-requisite –

  • A Grade of “C” or Above in ENGL 2053

Required Course Resources –

  • Text:
  • Rude, Carolyn D., and Angela Eaton. Technical Editing. Boston: Longman, 2011.

Course Objectives –

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of standards, styles, and formats for technical productions such as newspaper and magazine stories containing technical information, proposals, manuals, and technical reports.
  2. Students will accurately revise and edit journal and magazine articles, newspaper pages, and professional and technical reports using field-appropriate lay out, styles and conventions.
  3. Students will demonstrate their own writing abilities through extensive revision and rewriting of technical publications for clarity and, in other cases, for readability by non-technical audiences.
  4. Students will collaborate effectively with others to produce a final version of a technical or professional publication.

English Major Outcome Objectives –

  1. Should be able to edit and use language in varied contexts. The student will rewrite an agricultural paper, for example, for readability by extension clientele.
  2. Should be able to demonstrate competence in written communication. The student will comprehend and apply language, conventions, and data belonging to a technical field, such as marketing goat products, in order to revise and edit a publication or report so that it communicates effectively.

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