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Mary-Colleen Jenkins
HCDE 423
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Technical Editing

Covers editorial practices and responsibilities in communication of scientific and technical information. Includes the editor's role as an editor of documents, a collaborator in document development, and a manager of publication projects and groups.

Class description

HCDE 423 is one of the two Winter Quarter classes in the Technical Writing and Editing Certificate Program and introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of the technical editor in the workplace. Students will carry the skill set they developed in HCDE 421 and 422 into this course, as it directly builds upon what they learned in Autumn Quarter classes.

Students should be prepared to spend 2-3 hours on coursework outside of class for every 1 hour spent in the classroom. Students must earn a minimum of a 2.5 in HCDE 423 to continue in the Technical Writing and Editing Certificate Program.

Student learning goals

Understand editing and its role in document development, publication, and use

Know how to create and use a style sheet, and know its functional purpose

Be able to edit documents and illustrations for correctness, consistency, and accuracy--using both print-based markup and electronic editing

Be able to edit documents for style and organization--using both print-based markup and electronic editing

Be familiar with electronic editing and associated software

Have increased awareness of legal, ethical, cultural, and linguistic issues of editing

General method of instruction

General method of instruction will include lecture, guest speakers, class discussion, and small group workshops.

Recommended preparation

It will be helpful for prospective students to review basic grammar terminology prior to starting HCDE 423. Students will need to apply what they learned in HCDE 421 and 422 to new knowledge introduced in HCDE 423. Students should be prepared to spend 2-3 hours on coursework outside of class for every 1 hour spent in the classroom.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments will consist of reading, homework exercises from the text, 2 editing assignments, 1 group project, and quizzes and exams. The class is a mix of lecture, guest speakers, and small group workshops. Final grades are based on successful completion of homework assignments and projects, class and workshop participation, quizzes and exams.

Final grades are based on successful completion of homework assignments, class and workshop participation, quizzes and exams. Students must earn a 2.5 or higher to continue in the program.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary-Colleen Jenkins
Date: 05/25/2012