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ALW739 - Publishing


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Emmett Stinson




Incompatible with: ALW607, ALW639
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent


The unit extends students’ understanding of the publishing industry and processes. It provides students with an understanding of how authors’ proposals for publication are reviewed by acquisitions editors and examines trends in publishing in Australia and internationally. It provides knowledge on topics and trends such as intellectual property and defamation law, production processes and new forms of publishing. Students work collaboratively to present a book or electronic publishing company and to showcase proposals for publication


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate familiarity with the trends and changes in the publishing industry over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Identify the chief risks and opportunities presented by different forms of publication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Respond to changes in the publishing industry and know where to conduct research

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically assess a proposal for publication and what it requires

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Be aware of the context that shapes the approach the publishing team might take to a publication proposal

GLO7: Teamwork


Identify the market and readership for a publication, and how this might shape the publishing proposal and content of the publication

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Class Exercises 1000 words equivalent 20% Ongoing
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Research Assignment 2000 words or equivalent 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Publishing Profile and Marketing Plan 2000 words or equivalent 40% Week 9

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALW739 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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