Course Title: Design and manipulate complex layouts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GRAP9454C

Course Title: Design and manipulate complex layouts

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9152

Course Contact Email: alistair.briggs@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 65

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

None

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to design complex publication layouts. This involves combining creative design skills with technical software proficiency.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVGRD505A Design and manipulate complex layouts

Element:

1. Analyse design needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm communication objectives for the publication based on the design brief and consultation with relevant people as required
1.2 Evaluate particular specifications of the design brief
1.3 Source and evaluate other information pertinent to the project

Element:

2. Develop and refine layout ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify relevant sources and conduct research to inform layout ideas
2.2 Consider the opportunities and constraints offered by different techniques and technologies
2.3 Assess the different elements that need to be incorporated into the overall layout
2.4 Create and refine ideas and options by working with the fundamental elements and
principles of design
2.5 Refine ideas through use of ongoing technical experimentation
2.6 Evaluate and select approaches based on their potential to meet the communication need
2.7 Produce and present visual representations of design ideas and communicate with others to confirm as required

Element:

3. Create and manipulate layouts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Set up the document using the capabilities of appropriate software
3.2 Manipulate and enhance the layout through use of an extended range of tools and features
3.3 Support communication objectives with effective integration of text and visuals
3.4 Identify and resolve technical problems based on developing expertise
3.5 Achieve desired outcomes through application of design skills and technical expertise
3.6 Enhance outcomes by allowing the creative and technical processes to work together
3.7 Establish and follow safe work practices in the work process

Element:

4. Evaluate design work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Critique the layout from both a functional and aesthetic perspective in the context of the
design objective
4.2 Seek feedback from others as required, and make appropriate adjustments
4.3 Make assessment of own work and identify key learnings to inform future work

Element:

5. Finalise technical aspects

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Edit and refine layouts to meet technical requirements
5.2 Follow correct protocols for saving, exporting and storing files
5.3 Establish appropriate file formats for output and appropriate colour management profiles


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.


Details of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities
Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and
resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake
independent study. In class activities will include:
•Lectures
•Peer teaching and class presentations
•Group discussion
•Online research
•Independent project based work
•Teacher directed group activities/projects
•Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
 

Out of class activities will include:
•Independent research activity
 


Teaching Schedule

WeekActivityPerformance Criteria
1Class Exercises - Tabs and Tables1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
2Class Exercises - Tabs and Tables1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
3Exercise 1 - Press Ads (In-Class Submission)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
4Brief 1 - 16-Page Brochure (includes diagrams)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
5Brief 1 - 16-Page Brochure (includes diagrams)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
6Brief 1 - 16-Page Brochure (includes diagrams)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
7

Exercise 2 - Quote Poster

Brief 1 due

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
8Exercise 2 - Quote Poster1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
9Exercise 2 - Quote Poster1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
10Brief 2 - TDC Newsletter (includes templates, chart, diagram, ad and graphs)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
11Brief 2 - TDC Newsletter (includes templates, chart, diagram, ad and graphs)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
12Brief 2 - TDC Newsletter (includes templates, chart, diagram, ad and graphs)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
13Brief 2 - TDC Newsletter (includes templates, chart, diagram, ad and graphs)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
14Brief 2 - Due1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
15Brief 3 - Warranty Card (In-Class Assessment)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
16Folio Presentation1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


References

InDesign Type - Nigel French

0321685369


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.  Assessment tasks in this course are:

  • Design Project 1 
  • Design Project 2 


Assessment Tasks

Overview of Assessment
Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects. Assessment tasks in this course include exercises and projects

Assessment Tasks
Assesment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded. To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment and have a satisfactory outcome in the summative assessments.
 

Formative assessment
1. In-Class Exercises - Tabs and Tables - Students will learn how and when to best utilise tabs and tables when presenting data sets.

2. Exercise 1 - Press Ads - Students will learn how to use InDesign to create multiple press advertisements, creating hierarchy and meaning through their interpretation of the subject matter.

3. Exercise 2 - Quote Poster - Student will explore a well-known quote, coming up with a typographic-based design solution that is appropriate to the subject matter.


Summative assessment
Brief 1: 16-page Brochure 30% - Students will design and set the text for a multiple-page brochure, paying attention to hierarchy and text fitting, along with creating several appropriate diagrams. Due week 7

Brief 2: Type Directors Club Newsletter 45%  - Students will design a multiple-page newsletter for the Type Directors Club. Due week 14
 

Brief 3: Warranty Card Test 25% - Students will complete an in-class task which will demonstrate all of the skills they have acquired over the course of the semester. Due week 15 (end of class).


Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit all completed work. A graded assessment will also occur for this course.
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate competence in all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
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


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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 go to Academic Integrity
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