Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Desktop Publishing

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5181

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Desktop Publishing

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 85.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

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Course Description

This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to research and experiment with writing and editing techniques for different media. It develops the skills required use industry standard software to desktop-publish text and images to a professional standard.                   

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

At RMIT Refine Writing and Editing – DTP is delivered and assessed along with the following competencies.

  • CUVCOR04A - Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
  • CUVCOR13A - Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice
  • CUECOR01B - Manage own work and learning
  • CUSADM03A - Manage a project
  • CUVDES05A - Interpret and respond to a brief
  • CUSRAD02A - Conduct Research

Through the development of these competencies, you gain the skills needed to manage your work and learning while responding to a range of project briefs. You research the work of other writers and publishers and apply your findings to your own project through the development of a concept into a written work or a publishing project.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Desktop Publishing


1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media   

2. Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

4. Plan the writing

5.  Realise writings                              

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit course, you will be able to manipulate text and images to create a range of documents

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises designed to develop your skills in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, and Adobe Bridge. You are also assessed through oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to practical desktop publishing projects.