Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Small Press Publishing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COMM5448

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Small Press Publishing

School: 345T Media and Communication

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

Teacher: Mr Don Porter
Telephone: 03 9925 8089
Email: 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

At RMIT, Refine Writing and Editing – Small Press Publishing is delivered and assessed along with the following competencies.
•CUVCOR04A - Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
•CUVCOR13A - Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice
•CUECOR01B - Manage own work and learning
•CUSADM03A - Manage a project
•CUVDES05A - Interpret and respond to a brief
•CUSRAD02A - Conduct research

Course Description

In this course you edit, design and publish a project of your choice. The course covers the knowledge and skills required to research and experiment with writing, editing and publishing techniques while further developing the skills needed for operating within a small press environment.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Small Press Publishing


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop and publish a project of your choice.


Details of Learning Activities


In this course you learn through -
In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • practical lab work
  • field trips
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • reflection and discussion
  • creative exercises

Out-of-class activities:
  • independent project based work
  • writing and reading assignments
  • online and other research
  • independent study


Teaching Schedule


Teaching schedule
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Week
Class Content Assessment due
Competency and Elements
Week 1
Feb 10
Introduction to small press publishing:
1. The contemporary Australian small press publishing scene
2. Possible publishing proposals
3. Active collection of examples of Small Press Publication
4. Layout the program for the year
5. Introduce the “writings” elements as:
Initial concept
Publication content
Project Review

 
VBP553 - 2
CUVDES05A - 1
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUVCOR04A - 1
CUSRAD02A - 1
CUSADM03A - 1
CUECOR01B - 2

Week 2
Feb 17
Project management basics

1. Defining your project:
Purpose, audience, cost
2. Evaluation criteria
3. Timetable
4. Structural Styling:
Design
Genre

 
VBP553 – 2/3
CUVDES05A - 1/2
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUVCOR04A - 1
CUSRAD02A – 1/2
CUSADM03A - 1
CUECOR01B - 2

Week 3
Feb 23

 
Production processes:
1. Timelines and schedules
2. Publishing resources
3. Production resources
4. Research history elements of content and processes
5. Visits to and by printeries, graphic designers, writers, artists, photographers, publishers

 
 CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUVCOR04A - 1
CUSRAD02A – 2/3
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 1

Week 4
Mar 2

Small Press Publishing:

1. Case studies and models
2. Workshop proposals
3. Selection of media
 
 VBP553 - 1
CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR 13A - 1
CUVCOR04A – 1/2

 Week 5

 Mar 9

Sales and distribution

1. Costings and budgets
2. Promotion
3. Backing and Investment



 
CUVCOR04A - 4
CUSADM03A – 2/3
CUECOR01B - 2

Week 6
March 16
Presentation proposals
Group skills audit:
Needs assessment: skills, resources, information

Organise skills-training groups

 Assessment 1
Small press publishing case study assessment
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 VBP553 - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUSADM03A – 2/3
CUECOR01B - 3

 Week 7

 Mar 23


Student-initiated training sessions

1. Lab session as required - each session is broken into a skills unit and an Assessment Activity in:
•Research practice
•Writing style
•Illustration selection
•Selected media
•Design practice
•Typography
•Printing process
•Binding process

2. Introduction to the production of the chosen publication you have been developing

3. Discussing the state of the project research

4. Discussing the media and initial design of the project



 Assessment 2. Small press publishing proposal
assessment
VBP553 - 4
CUVDES05A - 2/3
CUVCOR 13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3


 Week 8

 Mar 30


Research Practice


 
CUSRAD01A - 1-4

 Week 9

 Apr 6


Writing style

•Genre
•Preparation of materials
•Organisation of ideas
•Search and research
•Drafting ideas
•Matching publication type and style to the content

Exercise
•Presentation of a written content brief for an advertisement discussed in this skills

 
VBP553 – 1/3/4
CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR 13A – 2/3
CUVCOR04A – 3
CUSRAD02A -3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3

 Week 10

Apr 13

 Illustration selection

•Style of publication
•Style of content
•Relationship of illustration to design of publication and the information style
•Programs to use

Exercise
•From a written and visual brief present an illustration style list for a series of articles


 
<!--EndFragment-->CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR 13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -2/3

Week 11
Apr 20
Selected media

•Ultimate determination of overall style of publication
•This will be control the choice of project, being small press material
•Both computer based and hand art
•Supported by skill sessions and professional contact visit

Exercise
• Thinking of your small press publication think of the transition to digital and online design and structure as an alternative to print
 CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR 13A – 1/2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 3
CUSADM03A - 3
 Mid-semester Break  

 Week 12

May 4

Design practice

•Determined by the content and illustration style as well as the main reader age group
•Skill sessions on design elements and various combinations of elements
•Design process from concept to finished publication
•Skill session on the choice and use of type

Exercise
•Create a series of simple design sketch a series of simple visualisations of design page layouts
 Assessment 3. Text and Illustration Forum
VBP553 – 1/4
CUVDES05A - 2/3
CUVCOR 13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3

 Week 13

May 11

Typography

•Recognition of type faces
•What are their backgrounds variants
•What are the affects in their uses in varying types of publications (eg. educational, advertising, academic, online, etc)
•Type as a design element in its own right
•Skill session on the choice and use of type

Exercise
•Select four cuttings of type from a magazine or newspaper and using one of your own visual designs use the type samples to construct to build a realistic looking mock-up.

 
VBP553 – 1/4
CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR 13A – 2/3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3

 Week 14

May 18

Printing process

•Skill session on the recognition of the various printing processes
•This also will contain both digital processes and online publication
•As the meaning of “publication” has been left very open the student should take the opportunity to experiment with the future

Exercise
•Using the elements supplied, experiment in one of the printing processes you have been introduced to


 
 VBP553 - 3
CUVCOR 13A - 3
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3

 Week 15

May 25

Ongoing Blackboard and class blog postings on all Skills sessions

Binding process

•Choice of Style and material/s
•Specialist session

Exercise
•Concept of promotional packaging in sketch design from (visualisation). Then construct then cover or box as a cover

 CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR 13A – 1/2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3

 Week 16

Jun 1


•Written and verbal presentation of the state of your small press publication
•Have you selected you form of production and have you stated producing it?
•Have you thought of the publication run and its cost
•How you would finance such a commitment


Assessment 4. Progress Report #1 PresentationVBP553 – 4/5
CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR04A - 4
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B -

 Week 17

June 8

 Assessment Week - No Classes
  
 Semester 2   

 Week 1

July 6

Lab session as required
Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available


 VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3

 Week 2

July 13

Lab session as required
(This date is variable depending on the state of you publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
 VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3

 Week 3

 July 20

Lab session as required
(This date is variable depending on the state of you publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
 
 
VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3

 Week 4

July 27

Work in progress presentations

•Progress in artwork, design layout and illustrations
•Progress in final written content

Also
Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available

 VBP553 – 4/5
CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR04A - 4
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B - 3

 Week 5

Aug 3

 Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available

 VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3


 Week 6

Aug 10

Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
 VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3


 Week 7

Aug 17

Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
 Assessment 5. Progress Report #2 Presentation<!--EndFragment--> VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3


 Week 8

 Aug 24

 Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
 
VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3

 Week 9

Aug 31

Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
 

VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3

Week 10

 Sep 7

Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
  VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3

Week 11

Sep 14

Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
  VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3
Week 12

 Sep 21

Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
  VBP553 – 4/5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 2/3

 Mid Semester Break  

 Week 13

Oct 12


Class/group presentation meetings

Class planning meeting: small press publishing presentation

 

 


CUVDES05A - 3
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B – 3/4


 Week 14

Oct 19

Folio preparation workshop

•All elements required for presentation and assessment
•1. Written proposal of main assessment publication
•2. Small press publishing case study
•3. Student initiated training session (Group) Skills participation
•4. Progress report 1
•5. Progress report 2
•6. Final publication research, documentation and copy for main publishing project
•7. Individual publishing project (2 copies)
•8. Review and presentation of small press project
 VBP553 - 5
CUVDES05A - 3
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B - 3


 Week 15

Oct 26

 
Small press presentation event

Lab session as required

(Ongoing access for main assessment publication)

Lab access for computer or hand art access
Supervision and assistance available
<!--EndFragment-->
Assessment 6. Final documentation folio to be submitted


Assessment 7.  Project to be submitted
VBP553 - 5
CUVCOR 13A - 2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3


 Week 16

Nov 2

Small press Assessment Collection

Last class: hand in all work for assessment
 Assessment 8.
Small press review and presentation




VBP553 - 5
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B - 3

 Week 17

Nov 9

 Assessment Week  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course


References

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


Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical workshops, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing, editing and production tasks.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment 1.  Small press publishing case study (10%)
Small press publishing case study 16 March (present)  18 March (upload)

Assessment 2. Small press publishing proposal (10%)
Small press publishing proposal. 23 March (present)  26 March (upload)

Assessment 3. Text and illustration design forum  (10%
Text and illustration design forum   (4 May)

Assessment 4. Progress report #1 (5%)
Progress report #1   By appointment  ( 1 June)

Assessment 5. Progress report #2 (5%)
Progress report #2 (By appointment (17 August)

Assessment 6. Final documentation folio (10%)
Final documentation folio To be completed by 20 October

Assessment 7. Individual publishing project (40%)
Individual publishing project  To be completed by
26 October

Assessment 8. Small press review and presentation (class) (10%)
Small press review and presentation (class)  Nov 2



Assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

For further information on the criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

Submission of assessments
Submit all assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Feedback:
You will receive spoken and/or written feedback from your teacher on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information on late submissions and plagiarism

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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 on or by the due date, you will need to
apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%
20Syers;SECTION=1;

 

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