DGTL12004 - Print Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 85.71% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 30.43% response rate.

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.

Source: Academic staff
Marking of assessment was labour intensive, which impacted return to students
Marking rubrics used in Portfolium will be revised to support marking that will allow for continued strong feedback to students.
Action Taken
Marking rubrics were extensively updated, which was successful. Students were also required to complete preflight checks in InDesign (they had been previously given a checklist) and this also seemed to help students with more successful submissions and aided lecturers in more quickly identifying errors. These preflight checks gaves students quite significant pre-submission feedback.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
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 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 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment