Editing, Layout, and Publishing – WRIT 400

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides students with a practical working knowledge of the fundamentals of editing, layout, and publishing.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course introduces writing students to the fundamentals of editing, layout, and publishing original writing for multiple contexts, modalities, and audiences. Students will learn to critically analyze visual and verbal texts and synthesize data in a manner that clearly communicates the intended message to the intended audience, skills essential for understanding our world and impacting it for Christ.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze visual and verbal texts critically.
  2. Practice editing and layout skills by writing and revising peer faith journey essays.
  3. Synthesize multiple sources of data into clear and succinct messages for intended audiences.
  4. Describe how writing is packaged and conveyed from writer to reader.
  5. Identify trends and opportunities in publishing original writing with a Christian worldview.
  6. Apply the ability to organize and work collaboratively with others.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and multi-media resources

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Word count is specified in the instructions inside the Discussion Board. For all posts, the student must cite and document any words or ideas that are not his/her own with full bibliographical entries. Given the collaborative nature of discusson boards and LUO policy, no late discussion boards will receive credit.

Group Discussion Board Forums (3)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. Within the group, students will edit and critique each others’ work to bring the essays to a publishable state. Given the collaborative nature of discusson boards and LUO policy, no late discussion boards will receive credit.

Original Essay – Home (1)

The student will write an autobiographical essay of at least 2,000 but no more than 2,500 words that treats the topic of “home.” The student must cite and document any words or ideas that are not his/her own with full bibliographical entries in either MLA, APA, or Turabian.

Editing Workshops (2)

The student will work in an assigned group to make editing and revision suggestions to the essays of the other group members.

E-Book (2)

Selecting three essays from the class, the student will create an e-book that has a cover, table of contents, introduction, and three chapters with headers and footers.The student will submit one draft for a grade, revise, and then submit again.