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WRIT 371 Editing

This course covers editing principles and techniques. Topics include how readers use and comprehend texts, the editor's role in the publication process, the writer/editor relationship, and editing for organization, format, style, grammar, punctuation, usage, consistency and accuracy. Students edit a variety of texts, including technical documents and newsletter articles in print and online.

Special information

Overlaps with TCID 371. Note: Students are recommended to have completed Goal 01: Communication requirements. Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for TCID courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites. Contact your advisor with questions.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Edit effectively for comprehensive issues, such as organization, format, and appropriateness to audience.
  • Develop critical thinking skills (analysis, imagination, synthesis, and evaluation).
  • Develop editorial judgment: able to decide what is appropriate content and what meets the needs of readers, writers, and editors.
  • Edit effectively for accuracy, consistency, style, visual effectiveness, and completeness.
  • Know conventions of standard English sufficiently to edit for grammar and mechanics.
  • Understand an editor's multiple roles (making decisions, developing sources, working with writers, editing for content, and copyediting for punctuation, grammar, and style).
  • Understand the editor's role in publication process and can complete an editing task from idea to publication.

Spring 2023

Section Title Instructor
50 Editing Perry, Susan L Books Course details

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
50 Editing Moeggenberg, Zarah Catherine Books Course details