Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Desktop Publishing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: COMM5406

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Desktop Publishing

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Arthur Clover
Building 94, level 2, room 6
23–27 Cardigan Street, South Carlton
9925 4269 (phone); 9925 4362 (fax)
a.clover@rmit.edu.au

Don Porter
Building 94, level 2, room 6
23–27 Cardigan Street, South Carlton
041 850 4004 (phone); 9925 4362 (fax)
don.porter@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 85

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

Desk Top Publishing 1

Course Description

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to research and experiment with writing and editing techniques and media to generate writings. It further develops the skills required to desktop-publish written work to a professional standard.                          


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Desktop Publishing


Learning Outcomes


Not applicable                             


Details of Learning Activities

Practical workshops and demonstrations, guest speakers from industry, field trips, projects and assignments.
    


Teaching Schedule

 1 
 Where are we Going? Review of the Major assessment item/Quark-InDesign
Preparation of Production Diary
 2             Imposition its use and structure
 Presentation
 3 Illustrator Exercises
Your production logo design and finished art
(Logo copy task from existing logo design)
 4 File Management
Artwork, Copy links, Illustration Links, and fonts
 5Colour Management
Colour control across Quark, Illustrator,In Design and Photoshop
 6Acrobat - the ultimate Manager
Preparing individual and multiple PDF Files
 7Review of your progress
Presentation in the lab of your production and development – Show and Tell
 8Visit to the printer
 9Any problems to address 
 10Acrobat as a presentation device
Navigation  forward and back
 11-13Work on main assessment
Completion of publication logo
 14Review of your progress
Presentation in the lab of your final production’s development – Show and Tell
 15-18Work on main assessment
Final presentation of all work for assessment:
Colour printouts of your publication
Production Diary
Illustrator and Photoshop tasks
Presentation in the lab of your production and development – Show and Tell




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Web-based material via electronic blackboard, weekly work sheets, and handouts are made available as required.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes class tasks, a corporate business package, industry contact, a publication and a production diary.


Assessment Tasks

Semester 1

All Semester 1 tasks are due in on 20 June.

Assessment item 1
Magazine View (Victoria Magazine) in both QUARK XPRESS and InDESIGN
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 2 
A3 Paper size QUEENSCLIFFE  HERALD in both QUARK XPRESS and InDESIGN
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 3
Corporate Image (Major Assessment item continued) in QUARK XPRESS or InDESIGN
Percentage weight: 20%

Assessment item 4
Various tasks in PHOTOSHOP
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 5
Various tasks in ILLUSTRATOR
Percentage weight: 15%

Semester 2

All Semester 2 tasks are due on 14 November.

Assessment item 6
Development of Logo Design
Percentage weight: 10%

Assessment item 7
Various tasks in ILLUSTRATOR 
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 8
Major assessment: Students’ own publication
Percentage weight: 30%

Assessment item 9
Production Diary
Percentage weight: 5%


Assessment Matrix

Not applicable

Other Information

There will be two visits to printers throughout the year. It is in the students best interest to attend both of these excursions.

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