Course Title: Apply knowledge and requirements of digital production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MANU6105C

Course Title: Apply knowledge and requirements of digital production

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Meredith Chesney

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9165

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

In this course you will develop and apply knowledge and skills in a wide range of materials and processes in digital production. Through varied learning activities with a focus on industry terminology & communication, digital production workflow, job creation, printing and finishing you will learn how to make informed choices for the digital printing industry and with your own creative outputs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICPKN321A Apply knowledge and requirements of digital production


8. Demonstrate knowledge of production management system

Performance Criteria:

8.1 The types of information that need to be exchanged between different stages of production to facilitate production efficiency are identified and used to inform development decisions
8.2 Information technology systems that can be used to exchange information between and within companies are identified and used
8.3 Efficient production management information systems are established and applied to inform development decisions


1. Apply knowledge of printing industry

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Printing industry terminology and vocabulary are used correctly and accurately
1.2 New technology and new work processes are monitored and implemented when required
1.3 Trends within the printing industry are monitored on an ongoing basis to inform personal work practices


2. Apply knowlede of Government Acts and regulations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Basic principles and obligations for copyright, occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental protection, access and equity and industrial awards are researched and evaluated
2.2 Basic principles and obligations for copyright, OHS, environmental protection, access and equity and industrial awards are followed and applied in the workplace


3. Apply knowledge of digital production processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The principles behind basic layout production, image manipulation, digital output and workflow are identified and applied where possible in the workplace
3.2 Proofing processes and principles are applied to meet client needs
3.3 Raster image processor (RIP) and front-end processer functions are applied to meet job specifications
3.4 The effective use of software applications for producing digital products is evaluated


4. Apply knowledge of digital printing processes

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Basic principles of toner, inkjet or liquid toner-based, are evaluated to inform decisions made for different jobs
4.2 The types of jobs and products for each process are considered to ensure appropriate choices are made to meet client needs
4.3 The capabilities and limitations of each process are reviewed for different jobs


5. Apply knowledge of substrates and consumables

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The range of substrates used for each printing process are researched and evaluated for different jobs
5.2 Different weights and calipers of substrates and how they affect digital production operations are researched and evaluated for different jobs
5.3 Paper grain and how it affects digital production and finishing operations are researched for different jobs
5.4 Different properties of digital consumables, and how they effect digital production operations are researched for different jobs


6. Apply knowledge of colour theory

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Colour theory is used to inform digital production and/or design decisions
6.2 Colour matching systems are used to inform digital production and/or design decisions
6.3 Procedures that ensure effective colour management are implemented


7. Apply knowledge of converting and finishing processes

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Basic characteristics of converting and finishing processes are identified and considered for different jobs
7.2 The types of processes are evaluated and used to inform decisions made for different jobs

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

 In class activities will include:
• Demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• Knowledge tests & practical tests
• Group discussions
• Research
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘Workshopping’ of student projects
• Product Workshops
Out of class activities will include:
• Independent project based work
• Research
• Visit Trade Shows (when applicable)

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.
Learning Activity ~ 7 (F)
Digital Printing Workshop

<thead> <th scope="col">Session Week</th> <th scope="col">Session Description</th> <th scope="col">Due Dates</th> </thead>

Learning Activity ~ 1 (F)
Exercise 1 – Swatch Book Creation


Learning Activity ~ 2 (F)
Exercise 1 – Swatch Book Printing

EX 1
5Learning Activity ~ 4 (F)
Exercise 2 – Digital Production Task (Note Pads Creation)
6Learning Activity ~ 5 (F)
Exercise 2 – Digital Production Task (Note Pads Printing)
7Learning Activity ~ 6 (F)
Exercise 2 – Digital Production Task (Note Pads Binding)
EX 2
8Learning Activity ~ 7 (F)
Finishing Processes Workshop

9Online Knowledge & Skills Test (S)
10Brief 1 Packaging (S)
Research & Concept

Brief 1 Packaging (S)
Research & Concept

12Brief 1 Packaging (S)
Research & Concept
13Brief 1 Packaging (S)
Research & Concept
14Brief 1 Packaging (S)
Research & Concept


15 DUE
16Review & Archive Folio Week 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None – This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the computer survival kit provided during orientation. Recommended Books

Title: A Guide to Graphic Print Production – 3rd edition / [Kaj Johansson, Peter Lundberg, Robert Ryberg].
Author: Johansson, K. (Kaj)
Other Author(s): Lundberg, Peter. and Ryberg, Robert.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2011.


Title: Graphic Design : Australian style manual
Author: Andrew Townley Barnum ... [et al.].
Other Author(s):Barnum, Andrew Townley.
Publisher: North Ryde, N.S.W. : McGraw-Hill, 2011.


Other Resources

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list
Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. To access the website:
1. Log in to myRMIT
2. Go to the library website –
3. Go to the ‘Databases’ under ‘Quick search options’
4. Click on the ‘Databases A-Z’ link
5. Choose ‘’ from the list
Note:You must access through this link on the RMIT library site or you won’t be able to use it for free. Simply going to will not work.
6. After leaving the database site, you will be redirected to and prompted to create an account.
7. Once you have created this account, you can access the site with this user ID.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.  Assessment tasks are:

  • Design Project 1 (30% of final grade)
  • Design Project 2 (50% of final grade)
  • Knowledge Test 1 (10% of final grade)
  • Knowledge Test 2 (10% of final grade)

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.


To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard:

Exercises 1 – 2 In class completion (Formative)
These exercises build skills and knowledge
Learning Activities 1 – 7 In class completion (Formative)
These learning activities build skills and knowledge
Knowledge & Skills Test 1: Week 9 (Summative)
Using a interactive quiz and some practical activates students will demonstrate understanding of knowledge and skills
Brief 1: Packaging Due date: Week 14 (Summative)
In this brief students will use the skills and knowledge they have learnt in the course to design, create a FMCG prodcut ready for print

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time (Formative). The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome (Summative).

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. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

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. Student 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 (unresolved)

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. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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