Course Title: Produce offset lithographic plates

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3178

Course Title: Produce offset lithographic plates

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 40.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Design (TAFE)

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Course Contact: Anthony Witham

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9422

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Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make lithographic plates from film input. For plates with electronic input see ICPPP452B Output complex images direct to plate or press.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICPPP267A Produce offset lithographic plates


1. Select and prepare plate

2. Expose the plate

3. Process the plate

4. Post-treat the plate

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to interprete job specifications to determine the appropriate type and size of plate for printing machine plate positioning requirements.
  • The ability to correctly position the film on the plate, and determine the correct exposure unit to deliver the required output.
  • Exposure control must be correctly established utilising a quality control step wedge.
  • The ability to process the plate according to plate manufacturer’s specifications.
  • The ability to check the plate for quality of outcome and analysed for conformance to job specifications, and insure any changes to the plate image are carried out correctly.
  • The plate is chemically treated and / or baked according to job specifications, and is prepared for storage prior to printing according to manufacturer’s specifications

Overview of Assessment

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • Plate selection
  • Plate exposure techniques and control
  • Plate processing
  • Plate finishing and correction
  • Evaluation of plate quality
  • Recognition of dot gain issues
  • Plate punching and registration