Course Title: Working withText and Image

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Working withText and Image

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2450

City Campus

Undergraduate

345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email: penny.johnson@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Writers and editors need to possess a diverse range of computer skills for creating content effectively, both text and image. In this course you will explore the elements and principles of good design and learn to manipulate text and graphics to create appealing and effective documents and publications. This course covers the essential skills expected of industry professionals and introduces you to industry-standard software.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • create design solutions to suit a variety of publications
  • perform advanced word processing tasks essential to writers and editors
  • identify and analyse the features of a range of industry software programs
  • select and use the appropriate program for a required task
  • manipulate text and graphics to create professional standard documents and publications.


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • identify and employ writing and editing techniques; principles and practice of communication and writing for different audiences; emerging digital media and trends and developments in the publishing industry
  • acquire and apply the skills to write works of fiction and non-fiction, edit to an industry standard, create digital content, design print and web-based products, develop and manage writing and editing projects
  • apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to reflect the needs and expectations of varied readerships and markets.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures and demonstrations, which provide the framework for exploring different kinds of technical content
  • class exercises and activities designed to clarify course content and practise relevant skills
  • individual project work during which you will develop the practical skills necessary to create designed content for a range of audiences
  • independent study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Professional Writing and Editing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/wcprp.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment may include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual/group projects.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Word assignment (25%)

You will format and edit text in word processing software using a variety of techniques.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcome:

  • perform advanced word processing tasks essential to writers and editors.

This assessment will cover the following program learning outcome:

  • identify and employ writing and editing techniques; principles and practice of communication and writing for different audiences; emerging digital media and trends and developments in the publishing industry.

Assessment Task 2: Desktop publishing folio (25%)

You will prepare a folio of documents manipulating text and image using desktop publishing software.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • create design solutions to suit a variety of publications
  • identify and analyse the features of a range of industry software programs
  • select and use the appropriate program for a required task.

This assessment will cover the following program learning outcome:

  • acquire and apply the skills to write works of fiction and non-fiction, edit to an industry standard, create digital content, design print and web-based products, develop and manage writing and editing projects.

Assessment Task 3: Publication project (50%)

You will design and layout a publication to output in different formats.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • create design solutions to suit a variety of publications
  • identify and analyse the features of a range of industry software programs
  • select and use the appropriate program for a required task
  • manipulate text and graphics to create professional standard documents and publications.

This assessment will cover the following program learning outcomes:

  • apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to reflect the needs and expectations of varied readerships and markets.