Course Syllabus: Proofreading and Copyediting 101


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Course Description

Become a Skilled Proofreader or Copyeditor
 
If you're looking for a new career path or if you're a writer who wants to improve your writing skills, learning how to proofread and copyedit with our easy to follow, in-depth course, may be just what you need.  Learning these specialized skills will help improve your overall writing ability and may provide a career path that is both lucrative and in high demand.  In today's world, proofreaders and copyeditors are sought after not only in the corporate environment and Internet-related ventures, but also by start-up companies, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Freelance proofreading jobs are bountiful, and many companies offer work-from-home opportunities as an additional benefit.
 
This online course will cover:
  • Exactly what proofreading and copyediting will entail.
  • The tools you need to be an efficient proofreader or copyeditor.
  • The basic skills you need to learn, taught to you in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to proofread or copyedit.
  • How to apply your newly learned skills. 
  • Tips to make you a professional proofreader or copyeditor with just a little practice.
  • How to proofread and copyedit different kinds of writing such as fiction, blogs and articles.
  • How to proofread and copyedit your own work.
  • How to secure employment as a proofreader or copyeditor.
  • How to start your own proofreading or copyediting business upon completion of the course.
  • Current salary information.
  • Practice exercises to implement your new skills.

This course is designed for everyone, regardless of education, experience, or background.  No matter who you are or what you want to achieve in life, gaining proofreading and copyediting skills will improve your written communications, help you think more clearly, and perhaps start you on the road to a brand new career. 

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements for taking this course other than a high school reading and writing level in English.  All course information will be given online so there are no required books or other materials to purchase.

Course Goals

Ø  How you can use proofreading and copyediting  skills in your career.

Ø  Definition and an understanding of the importance of style guides and sheets

Ø  Familiarity with the different style guides available and to recognize the importance of the guide that you use in relation to the content of text.

Ø  How to create and use a style sheet as a copyeditor or proofreader.

Ø  What proofreaders' marks are and how to use them to copyedit or proofread bodies of work.

Ø  Proofreader tasks

Ø  How to be an efficient and capable proofreader.

Ø  How to copyedit different types of copy and acquire tips to help you be a more effective copyeditor.

Ø  How to successfully copyedit and proofread your own work.

Ø  Knowledge of the skills and education requirements needed  to work as a proofreader or copyeditor within a company or as a freelancer

Course Materials

All course materials are provided within the course lessons.

Grading Policy

90 - 100 % = A
80 - 89 % = B
70 - 79 % = C
Below 70 = F
 

Each lesson will be followed with a related exam and assignment so students can  test comprehension of lesson material.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Proofreading and Copyediting

Lesson 2: The Use of Style Sheets and Style Guides in Proofreading and Copyediting

Lesson 3: Finding the Appropriate Style Guides

Lesson 4: How to Create and Use a Style Sheet

Lesson 5: Proofreaders' Marks and How They Are Used to Copyedit and Proofread

Lesson 6: Your Job as a Proofreader

Lesson 7: How to Proofread

Lesson 8: Proofreading Practice

Lesson 9: The Job of a Copyeditor

Lesson 10: How to Copyedit

Lesson 11: Copyediting Practice

Lesson 12: How to Copyedit or Proofread Your Own Work

Lesson 13: Copyediting or Proofreading as a Career

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the use of style sheets and style guides in proofreading and copyediting.
  • Demonstrate matching the appropriate style guides for various project types.
  • Demonstrate how to create and use a style sheet.
  • Describe proofreaders' marks and how they are used to copyedit and proofread.
  • Describe your job as a proofreader.
  • Demonstrate basic proofreading skills.
  • Describe the job of a copyeditor.
  • Demonstrate basic copyediting skills.
  • Describe methods for copyediting and proofreading your own work.
  • Know copyediting or proofreading career opportunities, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Assignment 1: Proofreading and Copyediting20
Lesson 1 Exam8
Assignment 2: Style Sheets and Style Guides40
Lesson 2 Exam10
Assignment 3: Print and Online Style Guides30
Lesson 3 Exam9
Assignment 4: Creating Style Sheets45
Lesson 4 Exam10
Assignment 5: Proofreaders' Marks40
Lesson 5 Exam9
Assignment 6: Proofreader's Responsibilities30
Lesson 6 Exam9
Assignment 7: Proofreading Tips40
Lesson 7 Exam9
Assignment 8: Proofreading Practice45
Lesson 8 Exam9
Assignment 9: Copyeditor Job Types40
Lesson 9 Exam10
Assignment 10: Copyediting Newspapers and Magazines30
Lesson 10 Exam10
Assignment 11: Copyediting Practice40
Lesson 11 Exam7
Assignment 12: Copyediting Your Own Work40
Lesson 12 Exam8
Assignment 13: Education and Skills of Proofreader/Copyeditor40
Final Assignment10
Lesson 13 Exam6
Final Exam48
Total Points:657
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