Course Title: Produce complex desktop published documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: COSC6084C

Course Title: Produce complex desktop published documents

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teachers: Tania Jovanovic
Phone: 9925 4269
Emails: tania.jovanovic@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None

Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to design and produce complex, desktop published documents.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBITU404A Produce complex desktop published documents

Element:

1. Prepare to produce desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Use safe work practices including addressing ergonomic requirements and using work organisation strategies
1.2. Use energy and resource conservation techniques
1.3. Identify document purpose, audience, presentation and final output requirements, and clarify with relevant personnel as required
1.4. Identify organisational and task requirements for desktop published documents to ensure consistency of style and image
 

Element:

2. Design desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Design document to enhance readability and appearance, according to organisational and task requirements
2.2. Determine document type and assess production and design requirements
2.3. Set up and use master pages, templates and styles to ensure consistency of design and layout
2.4. Set up colour palettes according to organisational and task requirements
 

Element:

3. Create desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Prepare, format and enter required text
3.2. Import text from other applications and resolve any formatting issues
3.3. Scan or import graphics from other applications and resolve any formatting issues
3.4. Use complex software functions to arrange text and graphics on page, according to organisational and task requirement
 

Element:

4. Finalise desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Review text for possible errors and omissions, and resolve any issues
5.2. Produce completed document in line with required final output
5.3. Name and store text documents, in accordance with organisational requirements and exit the application without information loss/damage
5.4. Prepare text documents within designated time lines and organisational requirements for speed and accuracy
5.5. Use manuals, user documentation and online help to overcome problems with document design and production
 

Element:

5. Produce desktop published documents

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Ensure pages. and combined graphics and text are composed correctly, to suit organisational and task requirements
4.2. Check that numerical sequencing and laydown of document is correct, to meet binding and finishing requirements
4.3. Incorporate bleed allowance in margins and borders
 


Learning Outcomes


You will be able to apply current document design and layout principles and use industry standard software to produce complex desktop published documents.


Details of Learning Activities

This course is co-delivered and assessed with CUIFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images. 

In this course, you learn through -

1. In-class activities:
• lab-based lectures
. guest speaker
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• workshopping of students’ own projects
• analysis/critique of work

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• online and other research
• independent study
 


Teaching Schedule

 WeekClass ContentActivitiesAssessment Due

BSBITU404A Produce complex desktop published documents

Elements

CUIFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images

Elements

1

Outline of the course structure and assessment

Microsoft Word
Footnotes
Headers and Footers
Adding Comments/Tracking changes
Creating effective Style Sheets
Text wrapping

 

Various - create your own style sheet with headers and footer included. Creating tables


 

1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
 
1.1
1.2
 
2

Microsoft Word 

Desktop Publishing in Microsoft Word
Changing text and background colours.
Inserting text boxes.
Use of the WordArt function.
Use of graphics

Use supplied information to create an A4 information sheet
 
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
 
1.1
1.2
 
3Introduction to Photoshop:
Basic Photoshop



Project work: Word
 

Searching the Internet for appropriately sized graphics.
Customizing the image
Cropping and sizing the images
Colour adjustments
DPI explained (Hi res Low Res)
Using save as



 

3.3
3.4
 
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
 
4

Introduction to Indesign

Basic inDesign techniques

Project work: Word
 

Using the Tool Box
Creating text and graphics
Important Typesetting techniques;
(Tracking, kerning, leading etc).
Importing from Word; Style Sheets
Importing images from Photoshop.
 3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
 
 
5

Indesign
Create an A4 Flyer from the information supplied.
Saving – PDF & JPEG
 

Creating a Mock up A4 Flyer
Why use Layers
The correct layering function
Creating a PDF

Assessment 1 (Formatting Word document) due


 

3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
 
6Photography
Learning how best use your iPhone, to create publishable images
Portrait workshop external locations
Create 3 portraits – different locations using the kitcan apps, or Photoshop

 

 2.3
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
 
1:1-6
2: 7-13
 
7Indesign
Commence Assessment Task 3
Thinking about text and graphic layouts
Managing your time
Design concepts
Image search
Permissions
Layouts



 
 3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
4.1
4.2
4.3
5.4
 
 
8

Indesign
Layout principles (cont)
Project work
 

Experimenting with various design elements


 

 3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
4.1
4.2
4.3
5.4
 
 
9

Photography
Compostion and design elements
Project work

3 interiors
3 exteriors to be created and submitted during workshop time.


 

3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
 

2: 7-13
3:14-18
 
10Indesign
Layout principles (cont)
Project work
 
 Project work  3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
4.1
4.2
4.3
5.4
 
 
11Photography
Project work
Covering an event workshop.
Supply 3 images from the workshop 
Project work



 

5.1
5.2
5.3
 

4:16-20


 

 Semester break: 21 September - 2 October
 
    
12

Indesign
Layout principles (cont)
Project work
 

Creating an alternative look of your publication, to submit to the client


 

3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
4.1
4.2
4.3
5.4
 

1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
 

13Indesign
The importance of Preflight
The printing a booklet option in InDesign
Creating the correct PDF
Using Adobe Acrobat
Sending the correct PDF files to the printer
 

Assessment Task 2 (Creative writing brochure) due

 

 5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
 
 
14Adapting for online content
Examining different programs and templates
Selecting your preferred option
Slides shows and examples 5.2
5.3
 
2.12
3. 14–17
4.19, 20
 
15Project work
 
   1.3
1.4
2.1
2.2
3.3
5.1
 
 4.19, 20
16Project work

 
 Assessment task 3 (Adaptation to online) 5.2 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Recommended Texts
Peach Pit Books for - InDesign and Photoshop
 


References

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


Other Resources

  • Web-based material via electronic blackboard, weekly work sheets, and handouts are made available as required.
  • Students will require a USB flash drive on which to backup their work. 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • participation in written exercises, in class and online
  • research activities
  • the application of learned skills, formats  and insights to your writing tasks.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course.

Assessment Task 1: Formatting a Word document
You will use given content to create a newsletter in Word.
Due: Week 5 (5 August)

Assessment 2: Creative Writing promotional brochure (graded)
You will be given text and asked to create your own images to design and layout a brochure about a Creative Writing course.
Due: Week 13 (14 October)

Assessment Task 3: Adapting a print layout to online
Using your brochure from assessment Task 2, you will adapt the content for online use.
Due: Week 16 (4 November)

Graded assesment in this course uses the following grades:

  • CHD 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

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course Blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

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

Feedback
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT
 

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Academic progress 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 by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Academic integrity and plagiarism
 

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