Course Title: Produce and scan complex digital images for reproduction

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC5955

Course Title: Produce and scan complex digital images for reproduction

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5233 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact : Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Philip Soliman

Nominal Hours: 54

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 unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce and scan complex colour separated images at an advanced level for reproduction.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU053 Produce and scan complex digital images for reproduction


1.  Interpret the design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly interpret the specifications of the brief
1.2 Establish and clarify with the user or client the proposed
product/service to inform decisions
1.3 Identify and clarify specifications, parameters or constraints
of the brief in consultation with relevant colleagues
1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to the brief
1.5 Decide upon and confirm design setting requirements


2.  Assess digital camera qualities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess camera software compatibility with hardware system
and select appropriate software for the job
2.2 Match pixel resolution of the camera to the required quality
and resolution of outcome
2.3 The RAM capacity of the camera is checked to be
appropriate to the number of images required to be captured
2.4 Assess shutter speed, focal lengths and camera feature
modes suitable for the quality and use of photographic
images required
2.5 Handle and store lithium batteries according to OHS


3.  Capture and preview image

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Set up camera for image composition according to job
3.2 Arrange lighting according to job specifications
3.3 Set light intensity for the correct exposure
3.4 Adjust tone curves according to job specifications
3.5 Arrange and adjust neutral balance of the image
3.6 Make adjustments to image composition and exposure


4.  Photograph and upload a digital image

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Load and operate digital camera according to manufacturer's
specifications appropriate to the quality of image to be
4.2 Upload the computer card interface/disk onto the relevant
computer and the image saved on hard disk
4.3 Create and store photographic image files on the computer
according to software procedures
4.4 Enhance, crop and alter photographic images electronically
to deliver the required image
4.5 Check photographic images for fitness of purpose and
conformance to the job brief
4.6 Assess photographic images as being fit for the relevant
delivery mode and deliver appropriately


5.  Scan images

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Scale and identify the original image according to job
5.2 Clean and ensure dust free work surfaces and identify and
implement correct OHS practices
5.3 Set up, calibrate and mount the original according to
specifications and enterprise procedures
5.4 Select and prepare the scanner application or plug-in and
the medium being scanned
5.5 Output images as required according to job specifications
5.6 Check the output images for conformance to the technical
specifications of the job and scan adjustments if made
Learning Activities Activities will consist in lecture sessions, tutorials, and practical
sessions through prescribed exercises and assessment work.

Learning Outcomes

The application of this unit in the workplace sees a designer producing and scanning complex colour separated images that meet the requirements of a brief at an advanced level. This work would usually be carried out under limited supervision.

Details of Learning Activities

Activities will consist in lecture sessions, tutorials, and practical sessions through prescribed exercises and assessment work.

The use of “real world” examples will facilitate the understanding of the theoretical concepts and students will be encouraged to use lateral thinking

Teaching Schedule

Your teaching schedule is found at your course myRMIT site

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit will be able to realise the outcomes described in the Elements to the required level detailed in the Performance Criteria.

The ability to produce and scan complex colour separated images at an advanced level in response to a brief and which:
   • demonstrates a command of advanced scanning techniques
   • demonstrates knowledge of the process involved to produce quality digital images
   • demonstrates a sound knowledge of brief interpretation
   • demonstrates problem solving skills

Assessment Tasks

Students will demonstrate competence by completing a series of practical projects to be submitted by the prescribed deadlines. All project work is to be documented through notes and drawings which may consist of: notes from lectures and tutorials, models, mockups, visual presentations, and research conducted relevant to the project. Ongoing verbal feedback will be provided to students as the projects progress. Written assessment and feedback will be given to the student when work is returned. Late work will not be accepted.

Assessment tasks:

1. Research and design home studio - due week 6

2. Produce Photographic folio - due week 15

3. Scan, Photograph and edit, images for communication - due week 13

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.  Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.
HD 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

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and is found at your course shell myRMIT

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.

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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

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