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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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TC 172 - Desktop Publishing

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course combines classroom discussion and a “hands on” computer lab to prepare students to design and develop page layouts on Macintosh and PC computer systems. Students completing this course become literate in computer terminology through discussions on historical computer development, different operating systems, and computer hardware/software. In addition, the principles of page design and layout techniques are examined. The lab portion of the course allows students to use and learn several software programs at various levels, including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and scanning software. After completing this course, students are able to use the desktop computer and various software programs in combination to create professional looking documents. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand how to design and develop page layouts on an Apple computer system
  • Become literate in computer technology through discussions on historical computer development, different operating systems, and computer hardware/software
  • Understand the fundamental principles of page design and layout techniques
  • Use the desktop computer and various software programs in combination to create professional looking documents

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Course introduction and history of computers (1 class)
  • Types of computers (1 class)
  • Hardware storage and processing devices (1 class)
  • Hardware output devices (1 class)
  • Applications and Systems Software (1 class)
  • Elements of organization and design (1 class)
  • Examining type and type decisions (1 class)
  • Graphics and the Art of Illustration (1 class)
  • Common Design Pitfalls and their Solutions (1 class)
  • LABS [with various topics] (10 classes)
  • Exams (2 classes)

Coordinator
Dianne Bender



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