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University of Cape Town: Copy-editing

Learn how to review, edit, and restructure text to eliminate errors and improve readability.

Learn how to review, edit, and restructure text to eliminate errors and improve readability.

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This course is offered by , an edX partner
10 weeks
7–10 hours per week
Starts Apr 11, 2024
Enroll by Apr 17, 2024
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule
10 weeks
7–10 hours per week
Starts Apr 11, 2024
Enroll by Apr 17, 2024
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule

About this Course

The work of a skilled copy-editor can significantly enhance the effectiveness of any published piece of writing. It’s the editor’s job to ensure that written material is clear, concise, compelling and error-free, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) Copy-editing online short course is designed to prepare you for this task.

Guided by an expert, you’ll learn how to apply the complex rules of grammar, restructure text for improved flow, and correct errors through proofreading. You’ll also discover more about book editing and working with authors, and you’ll improve your knowledge of the book-publishing process.

Armed with the ability to review copy critically, you’ll have the foundation to become an invaluable asset to any company that works with words.

This course is suitable for aspiring copy-editors, proofreaders, and writers looking to move into a new in-house or freelance role. The content is also designed for publishing professionals who want to update their editing knowledge and those in related professions who are eager to expand their current skill set and improve their understanding of English grammar and syntax.

Assignments are completed and submitted in Microsoft Word. Therefore, learners must have a working knowledge of the program to complete this course. Required proficiencies include the ability to track changes, create paragraphs and indents on the ruler or in formatting, and insert endnotes and footnotes in a document.

Course curriculum

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Learn how to improve and structure copy as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1: Introduction to editing

Module 2: Spelling, consistency and style

Module 3: Punctuation

Module 4: Grammar, usage and style

Module 5: Working with authors

Module 6: Quotes and sources

Module 7: Structural editing

Module 8: Editing creative works

Module 9: Elements of a book

Module 10: Working as an editor or a proofreader

About the certificate

Improve your proficiency in copy-editing and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a digital certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you digitally upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

Some facts about the subject

R3.1 billion

The amount the South African publishing industry produced in revenue between April 2017 and March 2018.

Publishers’ Association of South Africa (2019).

30

The number of common grammatical errors that writers regularly make.

HubSpot (2018).

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