Course Title: Create page layouts in response to a brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GRAP5268

Course Title: Create page layouts in response to a brief

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5230 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Cheryl Baker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 90

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 required.

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to create and compose pages using layout applications at an advanced level in response to a brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU051 Create page layouts in response to a brief


1. Interpret the design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly interpret the specifications of the brief
1.2 Establish and clarify with the user or client the proposed product/service to inform decisions
1.3 Identify and clarify specifications, parameters or constraints of the brief in consultation with relevant colleagues
1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to the brief
1.5 Decide upon, confirm and assess document type and production requirements
1.6 Assemble client copy and images to conform to the design brief


2. Set up and format document

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Set up a master page for multiple pages and with multiple columns
2.2 Prepare and format required text and select appropriate fonts and sizes
2.3 Ensure data is the same after exchange or transfer by using master pages, templates and style sheets as appropriate
2.4 Correctly link text boxes and columns for text flow and select chapter heading hierarchies
2.5 Set up colour palettes according to the design brief
2.6 Complete document set up to conform to requirements of the final media and design brief


3. Arrange elements on page

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Imported text or data from other applications is formatted and any cross-application formatting issues are resolved
3.2 Create and arrange elements on page to conform to the design brief
3.3 Import text and graphics and other elements from other applications and format and arrange
3.4 Arrange elements in layers according to the design brief


4. Finalise art work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Compose pages and combined elements to suit specified sheet size
4.2 Identify numerical sequence and lay down of the product or mock-up to meet binding and finishing requirements
4.3 Incorporate a bleed allowance in margins and borders


5. Review quality and finalise job

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Review text for possible errors and omissions and discuss with the client or supervisor
5.2 Review overall balance of the layout and correct colour blends and gradients in the arrangement of the elements
5.3 Create and recheck proof for errors, omissions and the overall balance of the layout and make necessary changes
5.4 Review on screen and reproof as required
5.5 Create a digital proof or PDF to present to client
5.6 Send completed file to be ripped

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

Some learning activities will include a self-directed learning approach. Self directed learning refers to organised teacher-directed learning activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students. This may include workplace research, library assignments, fieldwork and work placements’.

In class activities will include:
•Peer teaching and class presentations
•Group discussion
•Online research
•Library research
•Independent project based work
•Teacher directed group activities/projects
•Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
•‘Workshopping’ of student projects

Out of class activities will include:
•Independent research activity

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.

 Teaching schedule and assessment matrix
Week <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />Activity
1‘O’ week
2Revision - Paragraph formats, Style Sheets, Text import from Word & Excel
3Revision - Nested styles, Tabs & Tables, Object Styles, Master Pages,
Bullets & Numbering
4Brief 1 Festival Program
5Festival Program
6Festival Program
7Festival Program
8Festival Program
9Brief 2 Newsletter - masthead and 16 page 
Masthead design, page layout, copyfitting,
Brief 1 Festival Program due start of class
10Newsletter Good Friday 22 April - no class
14Brief 3 Game On Instruction booklet Brief 2 Newsletter due start of class
15Instruction booklet / Table styles Design starts Corporate ID
16Instruction booklet / Table styles
17Brief 4 Style manual Brief 3 Instruction booklet due start of class
18Style manual
19Work placement
20Work placement
21Style manual
22Brief 5 Annual Report Brief 4 Style Manual due start of class
23Annual Report
24Annual Report
25Annual Report
26Annual Report
27Annual Report due
28Folio review
29Folio review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

Practical tasks in the form of simulated industry briefs. Tasks are designed to develop a student’s ability to create and compose artwork using industry software to a professional level.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a 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.

Summative Assessments:
Brief 1 Festival Program - due week 9
Brief 2 Newsletter - due week 14
Brief 3 Instructional booklet - due week 17
Brief 4 Style Manual - due week 22
Brief 5 Annual Report - due week 27

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. 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.

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:

HDCompetent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYCNot 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 from the course contact person (stated above).

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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