Course Title: Create and manipulate graphics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GRAP9453C

Course Title: Create and manipulate graphics

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Al Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9152

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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 create original graphics to visually communicate ideas. You will develop ideas with a mixture of hand-generated and computer-assisted techniques. Created graphics will then be applied and integrated with other elements. An emphasis is placed on technical specifications in the creation of graphics.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVGRD504A Create and manipulate graphics


1. Analyse design needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm communication objectives for the graphics work based on the design brief and consultation with relevant people as required
1.2 Evaluate design brief specifications
1.3 Source and evaluate other information pertinent to the project 


2. Develop and refine ideas for graphics

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify relevant sources and conduct research to inform ideas for graphics
2.2 Consider the opportunities and constraints offered by different techniques and technologies
2.3 Assess the relationship of the graphic objects to the other elements of the design
2.4 Create and refine ideas and options by working with the fundamental elements and principles of design
2.5 Refine ideas through use of ongoing technical experimentation
2.6 Evaluate and select approaches based on their potential to meet the communication need
2.7 Produce and present visual representations of design ideas and communicate with others to confirm as required


3. Manipulate graphic objects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Create graphic objects based on selected ideas
3.2 Manipulate, edit and enhance objects through use of an extended range of tools and features
3.3 Integrate graphics with other visual design elements
3.4 Identify and resolve technical problems based on developing expertise
3.5 Achieve desired outcomes through application of design skills and technical expertise
3.6 Establish and follow safe work practices in the work process


4. Finalise technical aspects of graphics work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Edit and refine graphics to meet technical requirements
4.2 Follow correct protocols for saving, exporting and storing files
4.3 Establish appropriate file formats for output


5. Evaluate graphics work

Performance Criteria:

5.1Critique graphics from both a technical and aesthetic perspective in the context of the design objectives
5.2 Seek feedback from others as required, and make appropriate adjustments

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 will include:
• Demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• Knowledge tests & practical tests
• Group discussions
• Research
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘Workshopping’ of student projects
• Product Workshops
Out of class activities will include:
• Independent project based work
• Research
• Visit Trade Shows (when applicable)

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.

<thead> <th scope="col">Session Week</th> <th scope="col">Session Description</th> <th scope="col">Due Dates</th> </thead>
1Computer Survival 
2Finished Art Introduction (F)
Knowledge Survey
3Learning Activity ~ 1 (F)
InDesign – Software Overview
4Learning Activity ~ 2 (F)
Illustrator – Software Overview
5Online Knowledge & Skills Test (F) DUE
6Brief 1 Card (F)
Ideation & Concept, Create Digital File
7Brief 1 Card (F)
Proof, Peer Review/Feedback, Refine & Modify
8Brief 1 Card (F)
Finished Art Check, Step & Repeat, Proof, Package
9Learning Activity ~ 3 (F)
Analyse Design & Production Specifications
10Brief 2 DL Brochure (S)
Research & Concept

Online Knowledge & Skills Test (F)

12Brief 2 DL Brochure (S)
Folding, Master Pages, Grids – Create Digital File
14Brief 2 DL Brochure (S)
File Checking, Proofing & Submission


15Knowledge & Skills Test (S) DUE
16Review & Archive 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None – This course has recommended books listed under ‘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.


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 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. To access the website:
1. Log in to myRMIT
2. Go to the library website –
3. Go to the ‘Databases’ under ‘Quick search options’
4. Click on the ‘Databases A-Z’ link
5. Choose ‘’ from the list
Note:You must access through this link on the RMIT library site or you won’t be able to use it for free. Simply going to will not work.
6. After leaving the database site, you will be redirected to and prompted to create an account.
7. Once you have created this account, you can access the site with this user ID.

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.

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 (20% of final grade)
  • Design Project 2 (30% of final grade)
  • Design Project 3 (50% of final grade)

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT 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:

Exercises 1 – 3 In class completion (Formative)
These learning activities build skills and knowledge
Knowledge & Skills Test 1: Week 5 (Formative)
Using a interactive quiz and some practical activates students will demonstrate understanding of knowledge and skills
Brief 1: Card Due date: Week 8 (Formative)
In this brief students will learn to create a simple card and prepare a stepped digital file ready for print
Brief 2: DL Brochure Due date: Week 14 (Summative)
In this brief students will use the skills and knowledge they have learnt in the course to design, create a DL brochure ready for print
Knowledge & Skills Test 1: Week 15 (Summative)
Using a interactive quiz and some practical activates students will demonstrate understanding of knowledge and skills

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

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:

HD     Competent with High Distinction.
CDI    Competent with Distinction
CC     Competent with Credit
CAG  Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC   Not 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 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.


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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