Course Title: Produce complex desktop published documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: COSC6084C

Course Title: Produce complex desktop published documents

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Dzintra Boyd
Phone: 9925 4269


Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to design and produce complex, desktop published documents.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBITU404A Produce complex desktop published documents


1. Prepare to produce desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Use safe work practices including addressing ergonomic requirements and using work organisation strategies
1.2. Use energy and resource conservation techniques
1.3. Identify document purpose, audience, presentation and final output requirements, and clarify with relevant personnel as required
1.4. Identify organisational and task requirements for desktop published documents to ensure consistency of style and image


2. Design desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Design document to enhance readability and appearance, according to organisational and task requirements
2.2. Determine document type and assess production and design requirements
2.3. Set up and use master pages, templates and styles to ensure consistency of design and layout
2.4. Set up colour palettes according to organisational and task requirements


3. Create desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Prepare, format and enter required text
3.2. Import text from other applications and resolve any formatting issues
3.3. Scan or import graphics from other applications and resolve any formatting issues
3.4. Use complex software functions to arrange text and graphics on page, according to organisational and task requirements


4. Finalise desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Ensure pages. and combined graphics and text are composed correctly, to suit organisational and task requirements
4.2. Check that numerical sequencing and laydown of document is correct, to meet binding and finishing requirements
4.3. Incorporate bleed allowance in margins and borders


5. Produce desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Review text for possible errors and omissions, and resolve any issues
5.2. Produce completed document in line with required final output
5.3. Name and store text documents, in accordance with organisational requirements and exit the application without information loss/damage
5.4. Prepare text documents within designated time lines and organisational requirements for speed and accuracy
5.5. Use manuals, user documentation and online help to overcome problems with document design and production

Learning Outcomes

You will be able to apply current document design and layout principles and use industry standard software to produce complex desktop published documents.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is co-delivered and assessed with CUIFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images. 

In this course, you learn through -

1. In-class activities:
• lab-based lectures
• guest speaker
• teacher-directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• workshopping of students’ own projects
• analysis/critique of work

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• online and other research
• independent study

Teaching Schedule

Date (begins Monday)



BSBITU404A Produce complex desktop published documents



CUIFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images



Week 1

July 2


Activity: Writing a professional email

Assessment 1 assigned


1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.4, 3.1, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3


Week 2

July 9

Create Word documents

Activity: Writing a professional business letter


Assessment 1 DUE: Professional Email

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,

 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5



Week 3

July 16

Edit and review Word documents

Activity: Edit and review a business report


2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5



Week 4

July 23

Principles and Elements of Design

Group Activity: Identify Principles and Elements of Design

Assessment 2 assigned


1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4


1.1, 1.2


Week 5

July 30

Introduction to Canva

Activity: Design an event invitation


1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4


1.1, 1.2

Week 6

August 6

Canva Continued

Activity: Small business brochure


1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4


1.1, 1.2

Week 7

August 13


Activity: Create a presentation


2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3


Week 8

August 20

Photography basics

Assessment 2 DUE: Professional Documents Folio


2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5


Week 9

August 27

Photoshop for Writers and Editors

Activity: Photo editing

Assessment 3 assigned



  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5   



Week 10

Sept. 3

Introduction to InDesign

Activity: InDesign Basics


3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4



Week 11

Sept. 10

Elements of a Magazine

Group Activity: Magazine analysis


1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4


3.2, 3.3, 3.4


Mid Semester Break Monday September 17 to Friday 28 September (inclusive)



Week 12

Sept. 30

Putting it together: Using Indesign to create a magazine


3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 5.2, 5.3


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4


Week 13

October 8

Putting it together: Using Indesign to create a magazine


2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4


Week 14

October 15

Putting it together: Using Indesign to create a magazine


3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5



Week 15

October 22

No classes   

Assessment 3 DUE: Magazine Publication



Week 16

October 29

No classes



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Recommended Texts
Peach Pit Books for - InDesign and Photoshop


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

  • Web-based material via Canvas, worksheets and handouts are provided.
  • You will need to purchase a USB flash drive on which to backup your work. 
  • You are advised to bring a journal or notebook each week for note-taking and sketching design ideas.
  • You may wish to bring headphones to class, though this is optional

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • participation in written exercises, in class and online
  • research activities
  • the application of learned skills, formats  and insights to your writing tasks.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are weighted and will determine your final result for this course.

Assessment Task 1: Professional Email

You will be given a workplace scenario and be required to create a professional email.

Due: Week 2 (Sunday 15 July)

Assessment 2: Professional Documents Folio

You will submit a collection of documents that have been produced during class activities as your folio.

Due: Week 8 (Sunday 26 August)

Assessment Task 3: InDesign Publication

You will create a magazine or publication of your choosing. You will be required to research the target market and competitors and design and create the publication using InDesign.

Due: Week 15 (Sunday 28 October)


All assessments will be marked either Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory. To achieve this unit of competency you must receive Satisfactory for all 3 assessment tasks. 

Once you have demonstrated competency, you will be graded against a rubric assessing your overall performance on the semester's work.

Grades in this course use the following grades:

  • CHD Competent with High Distinction
  • CDI Competent with Distinction
  • CC Competent with Credit
  • CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
  • NYC Not Yet Competent
  • DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course Blackboard site.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters.

Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback
You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work. Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning
Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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