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Online · College of Arts & Sciences · English

Editing, Layout, and Publishing

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/29/2020

Course Description

This course provides students with a practical working knowledge of the fundamentals of editing, layout, and publishing.





This course introduces writing students to the fundamentals of editing, layout, and publishing original writing for multiple contexts, modalities, and audiences. Students will learn to critically analyze visual and verbal texts and synthesize data in a manner that clearly communicates the intended message to the intended audience, skills essential for understanding our world and impacting it for Christ.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze visual and verbal texts critically.
  2. Practice editing and layout skills by writing and revising peer faith journey essays.
  3. Synthesize multiple sources of data into clear and succinct messages for intended audiences.
  4. Describe how writing is packaged and conveyed from writer to reader.
  5. Identify trends and opportunities in publishing original writing with a Christian worldview.
  6. Apply the ability to organize and work collaboratively with others.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Brewer, R. L. (Ed.) (2017). Writer's market 2018: The most trusted guide to getting published (97th ed.). Blue Ash, OH: Writer's Digest Books.

Friend, C., & Challenger, D. (2014). Contemporary editing (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

Jenkins, J. B. (2015). The Christian writer’s market guide: Everything you need to get published (2015–2016 ed.). Nashville, TN: Westbow/Thomas Nelson. ISBN: 9781404103054.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and multi-media resources

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Word count is specified in the instructions inside the Discussion Board. For all posts, the student must cite and document any words or ideas that are not his/her own with full bibliographical entries. Given the collaborative nature of discusson boards and LUO policy, no late discussion boards will receive credit.

Group Discussion Board Forums (3)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. Within the group, students will edit and critique each others’ work to bring the essays to a publishable state. Given the collaborative nature of discusson boards and LUO policy, no late discussion boards will receive credit.

Original Essay – Home (1)

The student will write an autobiographical essay of at least 2,000 but no more than 2,500 words that treats the topic of “home.” The student must cite and document any words or ideas that are not his/her own with full bibliographical entries in either MLA, APA, or Turabian.

Editing Workshops (2)

The student will work in an assigned group to make editing and revision suggestions to the essays of the other group members.

E-Book (2)

Selecting three essays from the class, the student will create an e-book that has a cover, table of contents, introduction, and three chapters with headers and footers.The student will submit one draft for a grade, revise, and then submit again.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (3 at 40 pts ea)


Group Discussion Board Forums (3 at 60 pts ea)


Original Essay – Faith Journey


Original Essay – Editing Workshop


Group E-Book – Draft


Group E-Book – Final


Peer Evaluations (2 at 40 pts ea)


Class E-Book





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at



WRIT 400

Textbooks: Brewer, Writer’s Market (Current Version): The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

Friend & Challenger, Contemporary Editing (2014).


Reading & Study




Friend & Challenger: Preface for Students—ch. 4

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Friend & Challenger: chs. 5–8

2 presentations

1 website

Original Essay – Home



Friend & Challenger: chs. 9–10

3 presentations

1 website

Group DB Forum 1

Editing Workshop #1




Friend & Challenger: chs. 11–12

1 presentation

DB Forum 2



Friend & Challenger: chs. 13–14

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 2

Editing Workshop #2




Friend & Challenger: ch. 15

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 3





Brewer: pp. 1–23

2 presentations

DB Forum 3

E-Book #1




Brewer: Selected Readings

1 presentation

E-Book #2




DB = Discussion Board



NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Most assignments are due on Thursdays and Mondays. The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.