Course Title: Prepare text and graphic files for print processing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: GRAP5155C

Course Title: Prepare text and graphic files for print processing

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5069 - Diploma of Arts (Graphic Arts)

Course Contact : Annette Cook

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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 course covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare electronic files for pre- press processing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCRS16A Prepare text and graphic files for print processing


Consult with pre- press about formatting requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Source a checklist for printing requirements from appropriate source and follow throughout preparation process
1.2 Obtain relevant specifications for file formatting from appropriate source
1.3 Ensure constraints of different printing processes (and other diffusion techniques) are understood


Prepare graphics for pre-press processing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure graphics or images are saved in appropriate format
3.2 Ensure scans are completed at appropriate resolution
3.3 If low resolution FPO (for position only) scans are included ensure high resolution scan is also included
3.4 Ensure appropriate scanning curve is used
3.5 Ensure colour is saved in required format
3.6 Ensure that any combined images can be edited & adjusted
3.7 Ensure all templates are used correctly


Prepare text for pre-press processing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Save text in appropriate format for pre-press processing
2.2 Review text to ensure no extraneous or unnecessary formatting
2.3 Ensure correct use of templates used

Learning Outcomes

1 Consult with pre- press about formatting requirements
2 Prepare text for pre-press processing
3. Prepare graphics for pre-press processing

Details of Learning Activities

On your timetable, this competency, in conjunction with ICPPP11BA (Develop a basic design concept), CUVCOR09A (Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept) and ICPPP53BA (Output images to electronic media) will be referred to as Finished Art.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare electronic files for pre-press processing.
Activities could include:
• Research
• Computer based research
• Computer based design
• Illustration
• Industry driven briefs
• Presentations

Teaching Schedule

SEM 1  CUVCRS16A Elements 1,2,3
ICPPP11BA Elements 1,2,3,4,5,6
ICPPP53BA Elements 1,2
For all semester one
1 Orientation Week 
2 Exercise business card 
3 Exercise business card 
4 Exercise DL brochure 
5 Exercise DL brochure 
6 Exercise Press Ads 
7 Exercise Press Ads 
8 Exercise Press Ads 
9 Brief One - Book Cover Designs 
10 Brief One - Book Cover Designs 
11 Brief One - Book Cover Designs 
12 Brief One - Book Cover Designs 
13 Brief One - Book Cover Designs 
14 Brief One - Book Cover Designs 
15 Brief Two – Destination Brief 
16 Brief Two – Destination Brief 
17 Folio week 
18 Tutorial Week - International Students 
SEM 2  CUVCRS16A Elements 1,2,3
ICPPP11BA Elements 1,2,3,4,5,6
ICPPP53BA Elements 1,2
CUVCOR09A Elements 1,2,3
All semester two
1 Brief Three - Magazine Layout 
2 Brief Three - Magazine Layout 
3 Brief Three - Magazine Layout 
4 Brief Three - Magazine Layout 
5 Brief Three - Magazine Layout 
6 Brief Four - FMCG Packaging 
7 Brief Four - FMCG Packaging 
8Brief Four - FMCG Packaging 
9 Brief Four - FMCG Packaging 
10 Brief Four - FMCG Packaging 
11 Brief Five - DVD Disc and Cover 
12 Brief Five - DVD Disc and Cover 
13 Brief Six - Banners and Display 
14 Brief Six - Banners and Display 
15 Brief Six - Banners and Display 
16 Brief Six - Banners and Display 
17 Folio Week 
18 Tutorial Week - International Students 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will be as follows;
Practical projects

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time and in response to each submission.

A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit all completed work. A graded assessment will also occur for this course.

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate competence in all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.

This course is co-assessed with MANU 5731 Electronic media output, GRAP 5154 Develop a basic design concept, GRAP 9423 Drawing techniques.

Assessment Tasks

Exercise One – Business Card
Exercise Two – DL Brochure
Exercise Three – Press Ads
Brief One – Book Cover Designs
Brief Two – Destination Brief
Brief Three – Magazine Layout
Brief Four – FMCG Packaging
Brief Five – DVD Disc and Cover
Brief Six – Banners and Display
• Most briefs are evenly weighted and the marks will be averaged out at the completion of the unit.

Assessment Matrix

HD High Distinction = 80-100%
DI Distinction = 70 -79%
CR Credit = 60 - 69%
PA Pass (Higher Grade Available) = 50 -59%
PX Pass (No Higher Grade Available) -
NN Fail = 0 - 49%
NYC(not yet competent)
CA (competency achieved)

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Late submissions and single item extensions
In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 3 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties – see Special Consideration).

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below.

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.
Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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