Adobe InDesign

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 165

       Course Name: Adobe InDesign

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Previous or concurrent enrollment in CAB 160 or consent of instructor.

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

  1. Describe the desktop publishing cycle and working environment.
  2. Apply the software functions in creating and editing documents, menus, with an understanding of graphics tools and printing options.
  3. Apply desktop publishing basic design and layout techniques.
  4. Create basic documents including newsletters, brochures, flyers and catalogs. 
  5. Use formatting, fonts, styles, and master pages.

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. 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
  2. Create documents such as brochures, newsletters and flyers
  3. Design basics
    1. Grids and style sheets
    2. Print methods
    3. Styles of type
      1. Type Measurement
      2. Aesthetics of type
    4. Effective use of illustrations and captions
      1. Illustration selection
      2. Graphics design
  4. Develop a flyer
  5. Plan a newsletter grid
    1. Basic newsletter layouts
    2. Breaking light areas
    3. Mastheads
  6. Plan multiple page publications
  7. 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

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

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.