Course description

Learn how to consider an entire document from the reader’s perspective and make decisions about organization and visual design. Using practical examples from print and online documents, you will tackle various comprehensive editing problems and find solutions.

Learner outcomes


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate a document to determine what structural changes would improve it 
  • Create outlines and timelines of existing and revised documents 
  • Make changes to a document, such as revisions, deletions, or added material, so that it will meet length requirements  
  • Determine which parts of a document would be more effectively presented in a different format (for example, images, graphs, maps, vertical lists, tables, or appendixes). 
  • Suggest effective headings, subheadings, lists and captions 
  • Write an editor's note that communicates the reasons for your editorial decisions with tact and respect.  



Recommended course preparation:  XCOM 20008-Grammar and Punctuation Essentials, XCOM 20002-Editing Fundamentals

Applies towards:

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Section title
Structural Editing
ON - Online
Sep 16, 2024 to Oct 21, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery options
Course Fee(s)
TXP1 non-credit $459.00
Reading List / Textbook
Structural Editing: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards. Editors' Association of Canada available from Editors Canada https://www.findjoo.com/POS/Widget/f0196735-93a6-484f-a744-a95a0111416e?editId=c50495d1-c219-4531-88b0-ae620144d586&categoryId=61749a1e-c54a-4a74-91e0-aa2a01370807&hideEvents=true&hideCourses=true&hideBookings=true&pDisplay=2
Section Notes

•   This is an online, asynchronous course; it is not an independent study course. There are set due dates for graded and non-graded assessments and students are required to actively participate throughout the course via discussion and other activities.

•   Before your course begins, ensure your MyMRU account is activated. Step-by-step instructions for account activation can be found here. Once you have activated your account and have your MyMRU login information, you can log into your MRU Google account using your @mtroyal.ca email address and set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Help with your Google account can be found here, and help setting up MFA can be found here.

•   Course content will be available on the D2L Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) 3 days prior to the start date of your course. You must be logged in to your MRU Gmail account to access D2L Brightspace. Your instructor will be available on the course start date.

•  Review our Student Information site for additional information about forms and policies, campus maps, parking information, technical support, and more.

•  For questions about this course or other information, contact cebusiness@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6861 / 1.888.392.3655 toll-free.

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