CQUniversity Unit Profile
DGTL12004 Print Design
Print Design
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General Information


This unit of study imparts skills and knowledge for print 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 and stationery.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
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.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback, academic feedback


Some on-campus students requested the return of face-to-face tutors in the classroom


Increases in enrolments will allow the appointment of tutors at campuses. The unit coordinator will also continue to ensure high-quality alternate resources are made available in addition to access to quality tutors via Livestream sessions for on campus students. Demonstrators will continue to be available to support students with InDesign during these class times.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment - 50%
2 - Practical Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment - 50%
2 - Practical Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2021 release)

Edition: 1st (2020)
Authors: Tina DeJarld, Kelly Kordes Anton
Adobe Press
San Jose San Jose , California , United States of America
ISBN: 9780136870289
Binding: eBook

Bring Your Own Laptop Online Tutorial Package ( Special Student Price )

Authors: Scott, D
Auckland Auckland , NZ
Binding: Website Link

Graphic Design for Everyone: Understand the Building Blocks So You Can Do It Yourself

Edition: 1st edn (2019)
Authors: Caldwell, C
DK Publishing
London London , England
ISBN: 9780241343814
Binding: Hardcover


Edition: 4th (2015)
Authors: Williams, R
Peachpit Press
San Francisco San Francisco , CA , United States of America
ISBN: 978-0133966152
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

Textbooks can be accessed online at the CQUniversity Library website. If you prefer your own copy, you can purchase either paper or eBook versions at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

Bring Your Own Laptop Online Tutorial Package is an online subscription and is available for purchase at the CQUni Bookshop. Click on the link to the Bookshop website and search on the Unit code.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro (Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription recommended)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free browser plug-in)
  • Adobe InDesign CC (Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription recommended)
  • Adobe Photoshop CC (Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription recommended)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (student price) is recommended as it provides access to all required Adobe products, including Typekit (Adobe Fonts).
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Portfolium
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?