TCN707 - Revising and Editing for Usability

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Subject Title
Revising and Editing for Usability

Subject Description
An edited work can shine with clear ideas and logical flow. This course examines the practice of technical editing for better usability including readability, findability, and visual consistency. Students are taught the revising and editing process and the editor?s role within a technical communication department. The course examines grammar, mechanics, and style and explores editing for translation and different cultural perspectives. Emphasis is on electronic editing and the use of industry and company style guides.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Examine the roles, relationships, and demands of an editor when working with teams of writers or clients in a variety of genres and publication formats.
2. Use and interpret copyediting symbols and electronic editing methods when revising and editing sentences, paragraphs, visual elements, and complex documents.
3. Apply knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and word usage to improve clarity and readability of technical documents.
4. Demonstrate the knowledge of the levels of editorial reviews to improve the content, organization, and design of documents, presentations, and the work of other writers.
5. Make use of reference resources, such as style guides and dictionaries, for solving typical editorial problems.
6. Examine editing considerations for translation and multicultural audiences.
7. Practice peer reviews and usability testing to improve the quality of documents.
8. Compile a guide to be used by technical writers to ensure publication standards for a business.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

Discrimination/Harassment
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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