Course Title: Produce Writings - Desktop Publishing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: COMM5399

Course Title: Produce Writings - Desktop Publishing

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program administrator

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Don Porter – Mobile 041 850 4004
email –

Arthur Clover – Tel 9925 4269
email –

Nominal Hours: 105

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course introduces students to desktop publishing through Quark Xpress, InDesign and Photoshop software packages. The course covers the knowledge and skills required to desktop-publish written work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP552 Produce Writings - Desktop Publishing

Learning Outcomes

Not applicable

Details of Learning Activities

  • demonstrations
  • exercises
  • computer-based work 

    Teaching Schedule

    1Introduction to course and content
    2Quark Xpress ‘A Simple Tour’
    3Quark Xpress: typography and boxes
    4Quark Xpress: working with type and space
    5Quark Xpress: working with images
    Importing images from Photoshop
    6InDesign: introduction
    Colour and images: RGB and CMYK
    7 Photoshop: introduction
    8 What the Photoshop toolbox does
    9 Quark Xpress/Indesign and Photoshop
    Combining images and working with layers
    10 Quark Xpress/Indesign and Photoshop
    Scanning and files
    11 Quark Xpress/Indesign and Photoshop
    Clipping paths, logo options, pen tool
    12 Combination of Quark/InDesign and Photoshop
    13 Research and work on assessment task
    14 Research and work on assessment task
    15 Research and work on assessment task
    16 Research and work on assessment task
    17 Research and work on assessment task
    18 Research and work on assessment task

    Learning Resources

    Prescribed Texts

    Peach Pit Books – InDesign
    Peach Pit Books – Quark Xpress


    Other Resources

    Students will receive additional handouts in class. Other resources include various guest lectures, interviews and library research.

    Overview of Assessment

    Assessment for this course involves:

    • A research project on aspects of the Graphics/Production industry – research paper of 1,500–2,000 words
    • Series of class assessment items – using Quark Xpress, InDesign and Photoshop.
    • Major assessment A3 poster – design, writing and layout
    • The production of a promotional publication – design, writing and layout of DL-sized brochure

    Assessment Tasks

    Class activities
    The in-class activities involve information and practical tasks in Quark Xpress, In Design, and Photoshop. One of these will include an A3 poster for a writers festival. The tasks are focused on the workings and practice of the publication, printing and graphic design industry. 

    Due date: 7 November

    Percentage weighting: 15%

    Students create a DL-size brochure for a writers retreat, which incorporates many of the basic program tasks.

    Due date: 7 November

    Percentage weighting: 60%

    Research project

    Students research a topic of their choice on the publication and production industries. Students then communicate their research in a 1500–2000 word essay.

    Due date: 31 October

    Percentage weighting: 25%

    Assessment Matrix


    Other Information

    Students will receive additional handouts in class.

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