Course Title: Create mass print media advertisements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: MKTG7929C

Course Title: Create mass print media advertisements

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5366 - Diploma of Marketing and Communication

Course Contact: Felicity Burns

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5486

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Federico Viola 


Nominal Hours: 30

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create mass print media advertisements that communicate key features of a product, service or idea to consumers.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements


1 Interpret creative brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm central idea or creative concept, technique/s for expressing the idea/concept and mass print media to be used 1.2 Identify and check advertising content and supporting information for accuracy and completeness 1.3 Confirm time, schedule and budget requirements for creating the advertisement/s 1.4 Identify legal and ethical constraints


2 Create mass print media advertisement

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine and produce elements of a print advertisement to communicate required image, features and benefits of product or service 2.2 Size and position each element of print advertisement to achieve balance and focus for the advertisement 2.3 Ensure typeface selections suit the product and central idea of the advertisement, and layout balances white space and margins 2.4 Ensure layout of advertisement unifies elements, attracts the reader to the focal point and guides reading sequence 2.5 Ensure advertisement meets requirements of advertising brief and legal and ethical requirements

Learning Outcomes


It applies to individuals working in a supervisory or management advertising role within an advertising team or media organisation who are primarily responsible for development of mass print advertisements. Individuals undertaking this unit may develop mass print media advertisements themselves or coordinate a team to produce the advertisement.


Details of Learning Activities

This course is clustered (co-delivered and co assessed) with MKTG7931C Write Persuasive Copy.

This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience. Students will participate in a combination of group and individual learning activities. These activities will be provided through a combination of face to face teacher/student deliveries plus classroom work time. Additional learning activities will also be provided to students to complete outside of timetabled time.



Teaching Schedule

This course is co-delivered with MKTG7931C Write Persuasive Copy. The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete this course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Week Commencing on


Readings and Activities


Week 1

Course introduction

Writing copy

Course Induction
Outline for all 2 assessment tasks
Interpret the creative brief

Assessment 1 and 2 briefing

Copywriting - Theory

 Assessment 1 Briefing

Assessment 2 Briefing

Week 2

Concept development and layout

Writing copy

Concept development and layout

  • Turn print media ideas into words and pictures using designer visuals and sketches.

Copywriting Exercises

Worksheet due

Week 3

Image development

Elements of design

Writing copy

Image development

  • Create images to suit the product and central idea of the advertisement.

Elements of design

  • Size and position images and type in a print advertisement to achieve balance and focus.

Copywriting Exercises

Worksheet due

Week 4

Elements of design

Typography development

Writing copy

Elements of design

  • Size and position images and type in a print advertisement to achieve balance and focus.

Typography development

  • Select typefaces to suit the product and central idea of the advertisement
  • Assessment 1 work

Copywriting Exercises

Worksheet due

Week 5


Writing copy

Tracing, concept sketching

Copywriting Exercises

Assessment 1 Digital Submission Due:

Sunday, end of day

Week 6

Presentations (Assessment 1)


Assessment 1 Presentation due: during class

Week 7

Introduction to print

Rework copy

Introduction to Print

Rework the existing copy


Week 8

Software Workshop 1

Copywriting Exercises

Illustrator Workshop 

Worksheet due

Mid Semester Break

2/9 - 8/9

Classes commence on Monday, 9/9.



Week 9


Software Workshop 2

Design exercises

Copywriting exercises

Illustrator Workshop

Worksheet due

Week 10


Advertisements layouts

Refine copy

Various advertisement layout workshops

Refine copy to suit the target audience

Worksheet due

Week 11


Software Workshop


Photoshop Basics

Grammar Quiz (Worksheet)

Week 12

Photoshop Techniques

Create Advertisements

Photoshop Workshop

Advertisements - Dimensions

Magazine Media Kits


Week 13

 To be advised

 To be advised

Assessment 2 due - Sunday end of day

Week 14

Work on Assessment 3

Work on assessment 

Assessment 3 due, Sunday end of day

Week 15



 Assessment 3 Presentations

Week 16

Assessment feedback and review

 Assessment feedback and review


Week 17

Resubmissions due

Feedback Session - Resubmissions due





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All resources will be available in Canvas.


Overview of Assessment

 In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

 Evidence of the ability to:

create THREE print advertisements incorporating design principles and clearly communicating concept, for:

  • a newspaper
  • a magazine
  • an outdoor forum
  • confirm accuracy of creative brief
  • incorporate time, schedule and budget requirements
  • ensure legal and ethical constraints are followed.


Knowledge Evidence

 To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • outline key features of industry, services, products and organisation
  • explain principles and purposes of advertising
  • outline principles of consumer behaviour and describe influences on buyer behaviour
  • identify principles and elements of design used in print advertisements
  • outline range of available advertising approaches for different markets
  • identify and explain key provisions of relevant legislation, codes of practice and national standards affecting business operations
  • identify ethical principles relevant to advertising industry
  • identify requirements for advertising timelines, budget, central idea and resources as specified in the advertising brief.


Assessment Conditions

 Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the business development – advertising field of work and include access to:

  • industry design software
  • relevant legislation and codes of practice
  • organisational policies and procedures
  • office equipment
  • business technology
  • advertising copy and creative briefs.

Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Tasks

This course is co-assessed with MKTG7931C Write Persuasive Copy.

You are required to complete all three tasks. All tasks must be successfully completed to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment Task 1:

1 - Create and present a portfolio of concept sketches for a print campaign 

Develop adequate concepts for a print campaign as initial thumbnails, further refinements and roughs. You need to explore the layouts to suit a client brief. 

2 - Create and present engaging copy to support your visuals that is suitable for the specified target audience

  • Plan for persuasive copy by analysing message, target audience, use of tone and language and choice of words
  • Evaluate design and copy against the creative brief
  • Develop adequate headings, slogans and copy with an adequate amount of variations.
  • Research and document information covering relevant legal, technical and ethical aspects or constraints relevant to the copy and product.
  • Proofread draft
  • Supply textfile of draft and of edited draft
  • Create a schedule for the copywriting and ad development
  • Create a budget for the copy based on copywriter rates.

The artwork and written component need to be scanned and uploaded to Canvas as a single file (PDF).

Assessment Task 2: 

Complete six worksheets and a grammar quiz based on copywriting and advertising exercises. All worksheets and the quiz will be performed in class. (See the syllabus/weekly planner for worksheets and quiz).

Assessment Task 3: 

Develop Advertisements for Print in 3 formats
Refine the concepts from Assessment 1 including the copy in digital format for print. The advertisements need to be of a professional standard in print quality and in presentation technique.

Create original copy which sets product, service or idea apart from competition. Final selected copy needs to be included in advertisement and selected and alternative copy needs to be supplied as a text file. Ensure you use Australian standard English.

Your copy must be grammatically correct and free of spelling errors.

Write a description that explains your visual choices to achieve the final advertisement. Discuss balance, colour choices, typefaces chosen, visuals, white space, margins, visual hierarchy, focal point, headline, slogan and copy. The description should discuss how it addresses the requirements of the advertisement brief, how it is addressing the desires and language of the target audience and how it meets legal and ethical requirements.

Present your portfolio in printed as well as digital format.




Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS.

Submission Requirements   You should:
  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.  
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. 

Other Information

Late Submission Procedures 

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. 

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information:

 Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration.  Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

 More Information:


If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.  

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible. 

Adjustments to Assessment 

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:

Marking Guide (Competency): 

Feedback on your assignment and your results will be released via the rubric on Canvas. Assessment tasks will receive the following outcomes:


Not Satisfactory

DNS (Did not Submit)


You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

 You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing. 

Course grades will be given as:

CA (Competency Achieved)

NYC (Not Yet Competent)

DNS (Did not submit)




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