I. Course Prefix/Number: CAB 165
Course Name: Adobe InDesign
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)
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. Recommended: Keyboarding skill 20 wpm, knowledge of, and ability to fully use word processing software.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Describe the desktop publishing cycle and working environment.
- Apply the software functions in creating and editing documents, menus, with an understanding of graphics tools and printing options.
- Apply desktop publishing basic design and layout techniques.
- Create basic documents including newsletters, brochures, flyers and catalogs.
- Use formatting, fonts, styles, and master pages.
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
- Learn the basic functions of the software
- Placing, editing, and formatting text
- Inputting text from a word processing program
- Printing techniques and selection of options
- Creating columns
- Inputting Graphics
- Create documents such as brochures, newsletters and flyers
- Design basics
- Grids and style sheets
- Print methods
- Styles of type
- Type Measurement
- Aesthetics of type
- Effective use of illustrations and captions
- Illustration selection
- Graphics design
- Develop a flyer
- Plan a newsletter grid
- Basic newsletter layouts
- Breaking light areas
- Plan multiple page publications
- Design brochures
VII. Methods of Instruction
Seminars and individualized instruction along with class critiques of assignments.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Progress Checks, projects, and or exams. Completion of assignments and class presentation.
XI. Other Course Information
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.