Course Title: Apply knowledge and requirements of digital production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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


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


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:

2.1Basic 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

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

Learning activities will take place in a computer lab using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule


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Introduction to InDesign
Formative Learning

  • Tools & Workspace
  • Basic Functions

Intro exercises

  • How to print at RMIT
02Task 1 (Formative)
Notepad – Design & Layout
  • How to set up a document
  • How to place graphics
  • Working with swatches - Process and spot colours

Colour Systems – Formative Learning


Task 1 (Formative)
Notepad – Checking and Proofing

  • How to check a document
  • How to package a document
  • How to make a PDF
  • How to proof a job


TASK 1 (Formative) Due
04 No formal session Friday 8th due to Open Day preparation 

Introduction to Digital Printing
Formative Learning

  • Notepad Printing
06Introduction to Print Finishing & Substrates
Formative Learning
  • Notepad Binding
07Workshop - Printing Processes
Formative Learning
  • Lithography, Letterpress, Flexography, Screen, Gravure
Formative Learning
  • Screening Technologies

Deliver: Visual Dictionary Task


TASK 2 (Formative) online quiz
09Study Tour: MC
Replacement Staff

Task 3 Visual Dictionary Part 1 – Graphics and terminology
Formative Learning

10Study Tour: MC
Replacement Staff

Task 3 Visual Dictionary Part 1 – Graphics and terminology
Formative Learning

TASK 3 (Formative)
11Cracking the Colour Code
Formative Learning

Colour Theory

  • Workshop on Colour Systems and Guides
  • Additive & Subtractive, Inks, Colour Vision
12Task 4 (Summative)
Visual Dictionary Part 2 – Concept Layout
13Task 4 (Summative)
Visual Dictionary Part 2 – Layout

Task 4 (Summative)
Visual Dictionary Part 2 – Layout & Print




Print Industry Review – Trends, Sectors, Specialty areas


TASK 5 SUMMATIVE online quiz


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed text in this course – This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’


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 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.

 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.

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.

The University Library has extensive resources for Graphic Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

Formative tasks and exercises provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative activities.

This course has 2 Summative Tasks,  which both must be completed. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Task:

Task 1 – (Formative)
Due week 03

Task 2 – (Formative)
Knowledge Quiz
Due week 08

Task 3 – (Formative)
Visual Dictionary Part 1
Due week 11


Summative Assessment Tasks

Task 4 – (Summative)
Visual Dictionary Part 2
Due week 14

Task 5 – (Summative)
Knowledge & Skills Test
Due week 15


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 are: 

CHD - Competent with High Distinction.
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
CA - Competency Achieved - Ungraded
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment
NYC - Not Yet Competent

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.
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

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process can be located e-submission

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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