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Trade & Industrial Education
TI01701
Basic Digital File Preparation
132.00
Students enrolled in this course will demonstrate the proper selection of appropriate software for word processing, illustration, image editing, and page board. They should be able to demonstrate key board typing proficiency, including the use of keyboard structures. Students will design and produce a single-color and multi-colored documents using desired fonts, styles, margins, indents, and tabs. They will prepare a series of hand drawn sketches or computer generated layouts. Students will preflight a native file and a PDF file using application preflight software. They will demonstrate the proper use of loading, displaying organizing fonts using a font management software application. Students will design and produce various documents and brochures using electronic publishing software. They will demonstrate appropriate digital camera operations for image capture. Students will create a design appropriate for a given job using a graphics program. They will demonstrate their ability to create a PDF file from a native application file.
Cheryl Cooksey 580-242-2750, ext 152
Graphic Design
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Introduction to Digital Prepress
• Survey Internet or periodicals for current articles on DPP technology
• Survey a digital prepress workstation and rate it for ergonomic suitability
• Collect samples of simple and complex DPP documents
Digital Prepress Systems
• Examine computer operating manual(s) for basic operating procedures
• Complete a DPP system-specifications list
• Determine system requirements for a specific software package
• Determine basic costs of DPP systems
• Start/Boot the computer
• Burn a CD or DVD
• Back up a CD or other removable media
Software
• Evaluate a page-layout software package
• Examine page-layout software manual for basic operations
• Create word-processed document
• Practice using publication-window features
• Practice using page-specification features
• Practice using paragraph- and type-specification features and flow text
• Create, edit, and move a headline
• Place a file and then edit and move sentences within file paragraphs
• Copy/paste, cut/paste, and move a paragraph
• Create a letterhead
Type Selection
• Measure type
• Identify fonts available on digital prepress workstation
• Practice adjusting leading, kerning, and letterspacing
• Select type using guidelines for readability
• Perform font management activities
Document Design
• Evaluate the design of a magazine ad
• Design a single-page flyer
• Examine illustration software manual for basic operations
• Interpret a job ticket
• Rescale graphics
• Create a computer-generated grid
• Create a single-page flyer
• Add contrast using special effects type and screen tints
• Create a logo design
• Create stationery utilizing logo design
• Create a spot color brochure

CONTENT:

Digital File Preparation and Output (MAVCC)
Introduction to Digital Prepress
• Terms and definitions
• Digital prepress (DPP) definition
• Basic elements of a DPP system
• Typical steps in the DPP process
• Benefits of DPP
• Typical DPP job classifications
• Characteristics of a professional DPP operator
• Factors to consider before purchasing a DPP system
• Characteristics of a quality DPP work environment
• Factors used to determine if a document is suitable for DPP
• Simple DPP documents
• Complex DPP documents
• Sources of DPP information
• Copyright law applying to DPP
• Three elements in an official U.S. copyright notice
Digital Prepress Systems
• Terms and definitions
• Major types of DPP hardware
• Types of computer systems used in DPP
• Common operating systems used in DPP
• Types of monitors used in DPP systems
• Types of input devices used in DPP systems and their uses
• Characteristics of types of storage devices used in DPP systems
• Types of output devices used in DPP systems
• Common features of low-end and high-end output devices used in DPP systems
• PostScript and its importance to printing
• Networking overview
Software
• Terms and definitions
• Types of software used in DPP systems
• Factors to consider before purchasing DPP software
• Characteristics of quality word-processing software
• Characteristics of quality illustration software
• Characteristics of quality image-editing software
• Characteristics of quality preflight software
• Characteristics of quality page-layout software
• Basic page-layout software features
• Basic page-layout software text-tool operations
• Page-setup features
• Paragraph-specification features
• Type-selection features
• Editing features
• Problems encountered when using office software for print production
Type Selection
• Terms and definitions
• Terms related to punctuation marks and symbols used in DPP
• Anatomy of a type character
• Basic type measurements
• Difference among the terms typeface, type family, typestyle, and font
• Typeface classifications
• Type adjustments commonly required in DPP
• Factors affecting readability and legibility in typographic materials
• Font characteristics
• Types of font technologies
• Font issues to consider when sending DPP files to an output service provider
• Characteristics of font management utility software
• Font transferability issues
Document Design
• Terms and definitions
• Factors to consider when apply principles of document design
• Definitions of types of design elements
• Types of graphic treatments
• Types of text treatments
• Types of graphic enhancements
• Steps in the design process
• Cost awareness factors to consider when planning a job
• Definition of a job ticket
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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Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Printing Technology Graphic Design Technician