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Desktop Publishing using InDesign

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 165

       Course Name: Desktop Publishing using InDesign

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Ability to keyboard 20 wpm. The knowledge of, and ability to fully use, word processing software.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces desktop publishing program to create and format documents, using desktop publishing technology. Content includes hands-on production of quality documents such as newsletters, brochures, and flyers suitable for publication.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.    To learn the basic functions and capabilities of desktop publishing including basic hardware components specialized terminology, and document parameters.
B.    To apply the software functions in creating and editing documents, menus, with an understanding of graphics tools and printing options.
C.    To further develop and apply the functions of desktop publishing including basic design and layout techniques.
D.    To use desktop publishing software to create basic documents including newsletters, brochures, flyers and catalogs.  Proper formatting, fonts, styles, master pages, and other desktop publishing basics will be emphasized.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Learn the basic functions of the software.
        1.    Placing, editing, and formatting text.
        2.    Inputting text from a word processing program
        3.    Printing techniques and selection of options
        4.    Creating columns
        5.    Inputting Graphics
B.    Create documents such as brochures, newsletters and flyers.
C.    Design basics.
         1.  Grids and style sheets
         2.  Print methods
         3.  Styles of type
             a.  Type Measurement
             b.  Aesthetics of type
        4.  Effective use of illustrations and captions
              a.  Illustration selection
              b.  Graphics design
D.    Develop a flyer
E.    Plan a newsletter grid
        1.  Basic newsletter layouts
        2.  Breaking light areas
        3.  Mastheads
F.    Plan multiple page publications
G.    Design brochures

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class and individual instruction.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.    Attend seminars as scheduled.
B.    Attend lab as required (minimum of two hours per week).
C.    Complete required assignments, projects, and tests.
E.     Seminar schedule may be adjusted based on needs of the class.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Progress Checks, projects, and or exams.   Completion of assignments and class presentation.

XI.   Other Course Information


Software users! Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriate penalties will be applied.  Specifically, you do not have the right to; Make copies of software for yourself or others or 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.