Desktop Publishing Concepts & Procedures
I. Course Prefix/Number: CAB 160
Course Name: Desktop Publishing Concepts & Procedures
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
An introduction to the components of desktop publishing as used in the modern office, including hardware, software, graphics, typography and design. The course covers the relationship between concepts and applications using an operating system, currently DOS, and Windows.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To be introduced to the desktop publishing cycle
- To learn the components of desktop publishing and apply the concepts to basic applications projects
- To learn to use the components of the Windows program including the notepad, calculator, control panel, calendar, and paint programs.
- To learn to use the basic commands of the operating system for desktop publishing file management.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- The definition and background of desktop publishing
- Disk Operating System
- Basic commands
- File management
- Control panel
- Data and word processing
- Draw and paint programs
- Page layout programs
- Disk Operating System
- The traditional process versus the desktop publishing process
- Planning the publication
- Page assembly
- Printing considerations
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Attend and participate in class.
- Complete required assignments when due and take tests.
IX. Instructional Materials
Pocket Pal A Graphic Art Handbook, 16th Edition, by IPC, International Paper Company.
Desktop Publishing Technology & Design (1989),by Yasui, Paradigm
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
Specifically, you do not have the right to:
- make copies of software for yourself or others.
- receive and use unauthorized copies of software.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.