Course Title: Apply knowledge and requirements of digital production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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 Email:meredith.chesney@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

None

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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


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 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

WeekSession DescriptionAssesssment Task
Due Date
1Introduction to InDesign

• Tools & Workspace
• Basic Functions
• How to set up a document
• How to place graphics
• Working with swatches
• QR Codes

EX 1 DUE - QR Code

Discuss Task 1 Notepad

 
2Assessment Task 1: Notepad
Creation – Design & Layout

• Best practices the do’s and dont’s
• Font Management Basics
• Planning a job

 
3Assessment Task 1: Notepad
Creation – Checking and Proofing

• How to check a document
• How to package a document
• How to make a PDF
• How to proof a job
 
4

Assessment Task 1: Notepad

• Feedback, Review and modify

Assessment Task 1 Due 30%

~ STAFF/STUDENT Session ~

Assessment Task 1 –
Due
5Notepad Production – Introduction to Digital Printing

Ex 2 Notepad Printing

EX 2 DUE

Task 2 Prep - Allocate terminology

 
6Notepad Production – Introduction to Print Finishing & Substrates

Ex 3 Notepad Binding

EX 3 DUE

Paper Talk (TBC)

 
7Printing Processes & Screening Technologies

• Lithography, Letterpress, Gravure, Flexography, Screen
• Screening Technologies
• Resolution – LPI DPI PPI

EX 4 DUE Knowledge Review Activity

 
8Assessment Task 2: Visual Dictionary Part 1
Definition & Graphics

• Review Definitions
• Create Graphics

Assessment Task 3 – Knowledge Test 10%

Assessment Task 3 –
Knowledge Test
9Assessment Task 2: Visual Dictionary Part 1
Reverse Theme

• Pattern Making
• Proceed with Layout
• 1 up Proofs

 
10

Assessment Task 2: Visual Dictionary Part 1
Graphics & Layout

• Class Presentation & Feedback
• Review & Refine

~ STAFF/STUDENT SESSIONS ~

 
11

Assessment Task 2: Visual Dictionary Part 1

• File Checking & Submission

Assessment Task 2 DUE – Visual Dictionary 50%

Assessment Task 2 –
Visual Dictionary Part 1
Due
 BREAK 
12Cracking the Colour Code

• Colour Theory
• Colour Systems & Guides
• Additive & Subtractive
• Colour Vision

EX 5 FORMATIVE (online quiz)

 
13Assessment Task 2: Visual Dictionary Part 2 – Imposition

• Step & Repeat
• Proofing & Sign Off

Assessment Task 3 Part 2 Due - Imposed Files

Assessment Task 2 –
Visual Dictionary Part 2
Due 
14

Visual Dictionary – Print Production

• Print & Cut

 
15Assessment Task 4 – Knowledge Test 10%
Assessment Task 4 –
Knowledge Test
16Submission, Feedback & Folio Week 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


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.

9780470907924

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.

9780071011051


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 Lynda.com 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 http://rmit.libguides.com/graphicartanddesign

The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/librarians/dsc


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

Formative 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 tasks. The formative exercises help provide evidence of competency.

This course has 4 Summative Tasks which must be completed. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard to be deemed competent.

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE: Assessments are NOT based solely on final submission of Tasks, if other requirements such as presentations; progress; milestones are specifically indicated on the Timeline (Teaching Schedule) and Assessment Task Instructions. Such additional items and their due dates will form part of the overall assessment.

Summative Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1 – 30%
Notepad Digital Files
Due Week 4

Assessment Task 2 – 50%
Visual Dictionary Part 1 Single Cards
Due Week 11
Visual Dictionary Part 2 Stepped File & Proofs
Due Week 13

Assessment Task 3 – 10%
Knowledge Test
Due Week  8

Assessment Task 4 – 10%
Knowledge 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
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

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 be successful in this course.

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:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage


Cover Sheet for Manual 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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions
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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy.
If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links -Application for extension of time

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission
On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.
The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Grades will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – it will not be graded. Submissions seven days or more late should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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