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Trade & Industrial Education
TI01697
Introduction to Graphic Arts I
132.00
Students enrolled in this course will be given the opportunity to become competent in the fundamental skills of Graphic Arts. They will identify major areas of specialization in the graphic communications trade and personal traits and related skills important for successful graphic communications careers, including job application skills and demonstrating the ability to follow correct shop safety practices. Students will solve basic math problems and read a U.S. customary rule. They will learn about the production steps of a printing job using traditional printing methods and describe the responsibilities of each worker. Students will identify and demonstrate the safe use of graphic arts instruments and equipment including the offset press. Safety will be emphasized throughout the course.
Cheryl Cooksey - 580-242-2750, ext 152
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OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Orientation
• Research graphic communications careers and present information.
• Determine graphic communications employment opportunities.
• Interview graphic communications employees.
• Visit a printing shop.
• Develop a career plan.
Job Application Skills
• Read and comprehend want ads.
• Write a resume.
• Write a cover letter.
• Complete an employment application form for a job in the graphic communications field.
• Practice interview questions.
• Complete a telephone interview.
• Follow up an interview.
• Evaluate a job offer.
• Compare job opportunities.
Shop Safety
• Complete a student safety pledge form.
• Survey the shop and identify correct safety practices.
• Interpret a material safety data sheet.
• Draw a floor plan and locate safety equipment in your shop.
• Operate a fire extinguisher.
• Lift a heavy object properly.
Related Math and Measuring
• Complete WorkKeys certification for graphic arts math and measuring
• Solve basic ratio problems.
• Solve liquid and weight measurement problems.
• Read a U.S. customary rule.
• Convert picas, points, and inches.
Shop Organization
• Make an organizational chart of the school print shop.
• Draw a floor plan locating production areas in the school print shop.
• Compare job tickets for similarities and differences.
• Read and interpret information on a job ticket.
Printing Processes
• Write a summary of an article on current printing processes.
• Identify printing processes used to reproduce different printed pieces.
• Describe the offset printing process.
• Research toner-based technology.
• Test the ink-water principle on an offset plate.

CONTENT:
Orientation to Graphic Communications (MAVCC)
Orientation
• Terms related to graphic communications careers
• Categories of graphic communications careers and their descriptions.
• Major areas of specialization in the graphic communications industry.
• Name types of organizations that employ graphic communications employees.
• Printing’s ranking among other industries.
• Personal traits and attitudes important for successful graphic communications careers.
• Related skills important for successful graphic communications employees.
• Personal traits and skills important for graphic communications employees who work with customers.
• Reasons for teamwork.
• Advantages and disadvantages of a career in graphic communications.
• Ten steps to setting and achieving goals.
Job Applications Skills
• Terms related to job application skills
• Expectations of the employer and employee in their relationship.
• Means of locating job openings.
• Four methods of applying for a job.
• Personal attributes or attitudes an employer looks for during a personal interview.
• Four items which an applicant may need to prepare when applying for a job.
• Guidelines to follow when interviewing for a job.
Shop Safety
• Terms related to shop safety
• Proper safety rules to be practiced in the shop.
• Maintaining a safe and orderly shop.
• Examples of personal protective equipment which might be required in a print shop.
• Toxic chemical safety rules.
• Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) labels.
• Purposes of a material safety data sheet (MSDS).
• Five kinds of safety hazards.
• Things OSHA expects of an employer.
• Things OSHA expects of an employee.
• Colors of the safety color code and their designations.
• Characteristics of a lockout/tagout.
• Components of the fire triangle.
• Classes of fires and their descriptions.
• Types of fire extinguishers and their uses.
• Fire extinguisher symbols and their meanings.
• General guidelines for first aid emergencies.
• Bloodborne pathogens and special first aid precautions.
• Lifting and carrying items safely.
• Approved methods of disposing of graphic communications waste materials.
Related Math and Measuring
(NOTE: Taught in cooperation with Autry Tech Academic Center. Students will complete the WorkKeys certification for graphic arts math and measuring)
• Terms associated with math and measuring.
• Symbols used in basic math with their names.
• Placing values of a whole number.
• Adding whole numbers to solve problems.
• Subtracting whole numbers to solve problems.
• Multiplying whole numbers to solve problems.
• Dividing whole numbers to solve problems.
• Types of fractions.
• Reducing fractions to lowest terms.
• Converting fractions and mixed numbers.
• Adding fractions to solve problems.
• Subtracting fractions to solve problems.
• Multiplying fractions to solve problems.
• Placing values in a decimal number.
• Adding decimal numbers to solve problems.
• Subtracting decimal numbers to solve problems.
• Multiplying decimal numbers to solve problems.
• Dividing decimal numbers to solve problems.
• Converting fractions and percentages.
• Solving percentage problems.
• Solving ratio problems.
• Solving liquid and weight measurement problems.
• Converting picas, points, and inches.
Shop Organization
• Five major concerns of successful printing plant management.
• Strategies a manager can use to operate a graphic communications business.
• Job titles with descriptions of job responsibilities.
• Production steps of a printing job using traditional printing methods.
• Items essential to proper job production control.
• Quality control.
• Components of a job ticket and their descriptions.
• Steps for initiating a printing job.
Printing Processes
• Terms related to printing processes.
• Major printing processes.
• Principal prepress steps in offset printing.
• Basic offset printing process.
• Advantages, disadvantages, and uses of the major printing processes.
• Specialized printing processes and their descriptions.
• Types of material on which printing is done.
• Methods of feeding paper into the press.
For the purpose of evaluation, points will be earned in the following areas; weighted by percentages shown:
A. Daily Grade 40%
B. Assignments 40%
C. Tests 10%
D. Final Test 10%




Grading scale to be used:
90-100% = A
80- 89% = B
70- 79% = C
60- 69% = D
Below 69% = F
No Grade = NG
Incomplete = I
Withdraw = W

Students will be kept informed of their grades. Any student should inquire of the course instructor if they do not understand or agree with points given.

Daily grading method: The purpose of the daily grade is to determine and develop a student's attitude toward the "world of work". A dependable employee would be expected to be at work, on time, everyday and to perform daily tasks to the best of their ability. If a student is tardy they will be able to earn no higher than 80% of their possible grade. If a student is absent they will receive a zero for the day they are absent. Because this is a daily grade a student must be present to perform the tasks for that day. Daily grades cannot be made up.

Each daily grade is worth 20 points which is broken down into the following scale:
• Attitude (20%),
• Time on Task (20%),
• Quality of Work (30%),
• Speed (10%).
• Attendance (20%)

Assignments: Written and performance assignments will be given weekly. These assignments will give students the opportunity to practice the skills without the pressure of a test. If a student is absent, they must notify the instructor when they would like to make up the assignment. All assignments must be completed within one week of absence.

Tests: Written tests will be given over every major area. Tests will be given weekly. Tests can be made up within one week from day of absence.

Each student will participate in a pre-test and a post-test to measure competency gains.
All courses will be crosswalked with:
• Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Graphic Communications Skills Standards, Stillwater, OK, 2006
Graphic Communications: Digital Prepress Technician (OD44101)
Graphic Communications: Offset Press Operator (OD44103)
Graphic Communications: Bindery Operator (OD44104)

• Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Advertising Design Skills Standards, Stillwater, OK, 2006
Advertising Design: Copy Center Technician (OD44111)
Advertising Design: Graphic Designer (OD44112)
Advertising Design: Illustrator (OD44113)
Advertising Design: Production Artist (OD44114)

• PrintED competencies
(NOTE: PrintED is a national accreditation and certification program for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels.)

PrintED competencies vs. objectives taught by MAVCC Publications:
Orientation to Graphic Communications
Press Operations, Binding and Finishing
Digital File Preparation and Output
Advertising and Design
All courses will be crosswalked with:
• Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Graphic Communications Skills Standards, Stillwater, OK, 2006
Graphic Communications: Digital Prepress Technician (OD44101)
Graphic Communications: Offset Press Operator (OD44103)
Graphic Communications: Bindery Operator (OD44104)

• Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Advertising Design Skills Standards, Stillwater, OK, 2006
Advertising Design: Copy Center Technician (OD44111)
Advertising Design: Graphic Designer (OD44112)
Advertising Design: Illustrator (OD44113)
Advertising Design: Production Artist (OD44114)

• PrintED competencies
(NOTE: PrintED is a national accreditation and certification program for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels.)

PrintED competencies vs. objectives taught by MAVCC Publications:
Orientation to Graphic Communications
Press Operations, Binding and Finishing
Digital File Preparation and Output
Advertising and Design
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No
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Printing Technology Graphic Design Technician