Desktop Publishing Concepts & Procedures

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 160

       Course Name: Desktop Publishing Concepts & Procedures

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the components of desktop publishing as used in the modern office, including hardware, software, graphics, typography and design. Content includes the relationship between concepts and applications.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To be introduced to the desktop publishing cycle.
  2. To learn the components of desktop publishing and apply the concepts to basic applications projects.
  3. To learn to use the components of the Windows program including the notepad, calculator, control panel, calendar, and paint programs.
  4. To learn to use the basic commands of the operating system for desktop publishing file management.

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

  1. The definition and background of desktop publishing
  2. Hardware
    1. Computers
    2. Printers
    3. Mouse
  3. Software
    1. Disk Operating System
      1. Basic commands
      2. File management
    2. Windows
      1. Notepad
      2. Calculator
      3. Control panel
      4. Calendar
      5. Paint
    3. Data and word processing
    4. Draw and paint programs
    5. Page layout programs
  4. Production
    1. The traditional process versus the desktop publishing process
    2. Planning the publication
    3. Typography
    4. Graphics
    5. Page assembly
    6. Printing considerations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/discussion and individualized lab instruction
Field trips

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend and participate in class.
  2. Complete required assignments when due and take tests.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Pocket Pal A Graphic Art Handbook, 16th Edition, by IPC, International Paper Company.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Applications, exercises and tests

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.