Course Title: Produce complex desktop published documents

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4405 Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Title: Produce complex desktop published documents

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

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Important Information:



Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2021

Course Contact: John Reeves

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4895

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

Learn publishing-focused design skills from high-level word formatting to producing your own magazine layouts. In this course you will gain practical hands-on experience creating designs from concept to print-ready files. You will learn how to work with text; create templates in Word; source, produce and manipulate images; develop a magazine design; and master Adobe InDesign essentials, including using master documents, setting up style sheets, using layers, managing text and applying colour.

This course is titled Document Design and Production and comprises two competencies, which are co-delivered and co-assessed:

  • BSBITU303 Design and produce text documents
  • BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents


1. Prepare to produce desktop published documents

2. Design desktop published documents

3. Create desktop published documents

4. Finalise desktop published documents

5. Produce desktop published documents

Learning Outcomes

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

You will be able to:

  • use MS Word to create templates and format text to professional standards.
  • use InDesign to produce print-ready layouts.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment