Course Title: Demonstrate knowledge and requirements of graphic pre-press

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: MANU5730C

Course Title: Demonstrate knowledge and requirements of graphic pre-press

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5069 - Diploma of Arts (Graphic Arts)

Course Contact : Annette Cook

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 70

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 covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare electronic files for pre- press processing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICPKN11A Demonstrate Knowledge/Rqrmnt Grph Prepress


Demonstrate basic knowledge of colour theory

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Printing industry terminology and vocabulary are used correctly and accurately


Demonstrate basic knowledge of costs of production

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Describe basic principles and obligations involved in the following areas: copyright; occupational health and safety (OH&S); environmental protection; access and equity; industrial awards.


Demonstrate knowledge of converting and finishing processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Describe basic principles behind the following pre–press functions: image production (typesetting, scanning, graphic arts camera); image combining (manual and electronic); image output (film, plates, direct to press).
3.2 Describe different types of images (line, half–tone etc) and their use
3.3 Identify different output settings: eg screen rulings and angles, shapes etc. and describe how they affect final product
3.4 Identify the different types of output required for different printing processes
3.5 Describe different output devices eg film setters, plate setters, analogue proofs, digital proofs


Demonstrate knowledge of government acts and regulations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Describe basic principles of the following printing processes: lithography, relief, flexography, gravure, pad printing, screen printing, digital/electronic printing
4.2 Identify the types of jobs and products for which each process is appropriate
4.3 Describe the capabilities and limitations of each process


Demonstrate knowledge of pre–press processes

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Describe basic characteristics of the following converting and finishing processes: guillotining; flat–bed and rotary cutting; collating; folding; adhesive, mechanical and thermal fastening
5.2 Identify the types of jobs and products for which each process is appropriate


Demonstrate knowledge of pre–press requirements for printing and finishing processes

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Describe the range of substrates used for each printing process
6.2 Describe the relationship of different paper sizes
6.3 Explain different weights and callipers of substrates and how they affect pre–press operations
6.4 Explain paper grain and describe how it affects pre–press, printing and finishing operations
6.5 Describe different properties of ink: drying properties; fastness; gloss etc and how they affect pre–press operations


Demonstrate knowledge of printing industry terminology and vocabulary

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Identify designs that are appropriate for different printing processes
7.2 Describe dot gain and trapping requirements for different printing processes, inks and substrates
7.3 Describe use and positioning of trimming and folding marks and how these are affected by different substrates
7.4 Describe criteria for evaluating suitability of pre–press outputs for printing processes
7.5 Describe criteria for producing folding impositions


Demonstrate knowledge of printing processes

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Explain colour theory of additive colours (light); RGB
8.2 Explain colour theory of subtractive colours (pigments); CMYK
8.3 Explain relationship between ranges of visual colour RGB and CMYK
8.4 Explain relationship between hue, greyness and substrate for tone and colour correction
8.5 Describe colour matching conditions and colour matching systems


Demonstrate knowledge of substrates and inks

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Identify the main cost elements in pre–press production
9.2 Identify ways of minimising use of materials without affecting the quality of output

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

 Trouble shooting & analysis of digital files, proofs and printed products
 Setting up, calibrating and operating industry equipment
 Creating and editing images and files using industry software to meet production requirements
 Individual and group activities including research, discussion, taking notes and writing reports
 Creating a customised technical workbook / journal

Teaching Schedule

Hard copy distributed in class 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will be as follows:
- Exercises
- Practical projects
- Tests
- Journal

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time and in response to each submission.

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 satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.

This course is co-assessed with GRAP 5156 Combine & assemble data.

Assessment Tasks

Overview of Assessment:
The assessment will be as follows:
Class exercises & practical projects: will attribute to 30% of final grade
Tests: There will be minor tests throughout the year as well as mid year and final exam, these will attribute to 40% of final grade
Journal: You will be expected to keep a workbook/journal throughout the year this will attribute to 30% of final grade

Assessment Matrix

HD High Distinction = 80-100%
DI Distinction = 70 -79%
CR Credit = 60 - 69%
PA Pass (Higher Grade Available) = 50 -59%
PX Pass (No Higher Grade Available) -
NN Fail = 0 - 49%
NYC(not yet competent)
CA (competency achieved)

Other Information

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

Late submissions and single item extensions
In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 3 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties – see Special Consideration).

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below.

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.
Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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