WRT 333:
Editing
Oakland University, Fall 2015
CRN: 48844
R 1:00–2:47 p.m.
Wilson Hall 400A

Instructor:

Jim Nugent

Email:

nugent@oakland.edu

Phone:

(248) 370-3792

Office:

378 O'Dowd Hall

Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday, 12 noon–12:30 p.m., and by appointment any time.

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Course Description

Theory and practice of editing within professional contexts. 4 hours. Prerequisite: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.

Course Overview and Objectives

The course will provide three kinds of learning opportunities:

Required Texts

Stoughton, Mary. Substance & Style: Instruction and Practice in Copyediting. 3rd Edition.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. (This is the older, 2003 edition and can be obtained cheaply as a used volume.)

Additional readings will be provided.

Course Policies

Assignments

There will be three major assignments in this class, listed below, which are due on the dates listed in the course calendar. You must complete all of these assignments to receive a passing grade. The assignments are as follows:

  1. Research project.
  2. Style project.
  3. Client project.

Grading

I will give grades (0.0, 1.0–4.0) for all major assignments in this class.

Quizzes are graded on a percentage scale and their average will be converted to a four-point scale to calculate your final grade. An average score less than 40% will be converted to 0.0. All others will be converted to (Average quiz score−40%)÷15%.

The final grade is determined as follows:

40%

Quizzes. You will have regular quizzes based on the assigned chapters in the Stoughton text.

10%

Small assignments and activities.

15%

Research project.

15%

Style project.

20%

Client project.

ADA Notice

Students with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations should contact Oakland University’s Disability Support Services office for assistance: