Desktop Publishing Using QuarkXPress

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 173

       Course Name: Desktop Publishing Using QuarkXPress

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Hands-on microcomputer experience.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces QuarkXPress. Topics of software include item run around, text box linking, master pages, libraries, and floating palettes. Hands-on experience using all basic features of program; exposure to advanced features; production of various publications.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    To become comfortable using the document screen; tools, measurements palette, scroll bars, rulers   and menus.
2.    To fully understand the function of text and picture boxes.
3.    To understand how to create, modify, move, shade and frame text and picture boxes, as well as lines and arrows.
4.    To understand how to place, size and crop graphic images.
5.    To learn the basic procedures for manipulating multiple-page documents:  linking text boxes, inserting pages and setting up a master page.
6.    To become proficient at using the QuarkXPress program to achieve various type effects, primarily through use of the Character Attributes, Paragraph Format and Text Specifications dialog boxes.
7.    To learn how to create and apply style sheets.
8.    To gain initial exposure to QuarkXPress libraries, XTensions and postscript files.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

   A.    The document window
        1.    Menus and palettes
        2.    Rulers and guidelines
        3.    Altering the view
    B.    Create, size, move, delete picture boxes, text boxes and lines
        1.    Framing and shading
        2.    Text runaround
        3.    Grouping elements
        4.    Character attributes
        5.    Paragraph attributes
        6.    Linking and unlinking text boxes
    C.    Master pages
        1.    Creating and using
        2.    Using multiple master pages
        3.    Document layout palette
    D.    Document Templates
    E.    Style sheets
    F.    Libraries
    G.    Color graphics
        1.    Creating and applying
        2.    Color separations
    H.    Quark XTensions

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Seminars and individualized instruction.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attend seminars as scheduled.  Produce and turn in on time all projects assigned.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Textbooks, online resources, and such other materials deemed appropriate for the topic and assigned by the program and instructor.
USB Flash Drive

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Production and Exercises         30%
Tests and Projects                  60%
Attendance and participation   10%

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 applied. 

Specifically, you do not have the right to:
1.    make copies of software for yourself or others.
2.     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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.