DGTL12004 - Digital Publishing
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit imparts skills and knowledge for page design and publishing. Using industry-standard Adobe InDesign software, you will learn how to create engaging, professional-quality page layouts and publish them for print or digital delivery. Through a series of practical projects, you will learn how to apply visual design principles to produce documents that communicate effectively. Your newly acquired skills will enable you to create, preflight and publish a broad range of documents including books, brochures, newsletters, magazines, advertisements, catalogues, stationery.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 36 credit points

Students who have completed COMM12030 Desktop Publishing may not enrol in this unit.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Noosa
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 50%
2. Practical Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. apply visual design principles to produce documents that communicate effectively
  2. create engaging page layouts using industry-standard software tools
  3. preflight and publish page layouts for print or digital delivery.

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2015 Release)
Author/s: Kelly Kordes Anton and John Cruise Year: 2015
Edition: 2015 Release Publisher: Adobe Press
City: San Francisco State: California
Country: United States of America
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Note for students: The prescribed textbook does not include the Adobe InDesign CC software. Adobe InDesign CC can be purchased at a discounted education price as part of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription from the Adobe website at www.adobe.com.au. On-campus students can access InDesign CC in the on-campus computer labs.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Adobe InDesign CC (Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription recommended)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free browser plug-in)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRegina John Luan (r.johnluan@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

1. Introduction to Digital Publishing

Week 2 13-03-2017

2. Design Principles

Week 3 20-03-2017

3. Working with Type

Week 4 27-03-2017

4. Pages and Layout

Week 5 03-04-2017

5. Working with Colour

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

6. Working with Graphics and Tables

Workbook and Portfolio Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

7. Corporate Identity

Week 8 01-05-2017

8. Finding Inspiration

Week 9 08-05-2017

9. Design Briefs and Pitches

Week 10 15-05-2017

10. Working with Printers

Week 11 22-05-2017

11. Preflight and Package

Week 12 29-05-2017

12. The End and the Beginning

Client Portfolio Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

REQUIRED RESOURCES

You must have access to the following resources for this unit.

UNIT WEB SITE

The unit web site provides essential resources for the unit such as a Study Guide and an online discussion forum. It can be accessed at moodle.cqu.edu.au

TEXTBOOK

You will need to obtain a copy of the prescribed textbook. Details are provided in this unit profile.

STUDY GUIDE

The online Study Guide will direct you to all of the essential readings and exercises for each module of the unit. The Study Guide is available in Adobe Portable Document format (PDF) from the unit web site.

COURSE RESOURCES ONLINE

Some of the readings for this unit are PDF files that must be downloaded from the CQUniversity Library's Course Resources Online service. The Study Guide will direct you to the Course Resources Online service when necessary.

DISCUSSION FORUM

An online discussion forum will be provided through the unit web site for discussing matters that relate to the unit. The discussion forum is the primary means of support for off-campus students who want assistance with tutorial exercises and assignments.

ADOBE INDESIGN CC

You will need Adobe InDesign CC, which is a popular software application for page design, layout and publishing. InDesign CC is available in the on-campus digital media labs. It can also be purchased at a discounted education price as part of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription from the Adobe web site at www.adobe.com.au. A free 30-day trial version of InDesign can be downloaded from www.adobe.com/downloads.

ADOBE ACROBAT READER

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free program that lets you view, navigate and print PDF documents like the DGTL12004 Study Guide. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe web site at www.adobe.com.

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Workbook and Portfolio
Task Description

This assignment requires you to submit (1) a digital workbook that includes responses to 'loves and loathes' exercises and critical thinking exercises from the Study Guide; and (2) a digital portfolio that includes designs described by the design briefs in the Study Guide. All work will be completed using Adobe InDesign. Please refer to the unit web site for the assignment details.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after submission
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit web site for the detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit web site for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. apply visual design principles to produce documents that communicate effectively

2. create engaging page layouts using industry-standard software tools

3. preflight and publish page layouts for print or digital delivery.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Client Portfolio
Task Description

This assignment requires you to submit (1) a design portfolio for a fictitious client that satisfies some supplied requirements; and (2) a short report that explains your design choices. All work will be completed using Adobe InDesign. Please refer to the unit web site for the assignment details.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after submission
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit web site for the detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit web site for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. apply visual design principles to produce documents that communicate effectively

2. create engaging page layouts using industry-standard software tools

3. preflight and publish page layouts for print or digital delivery.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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