Maricopa Community Colleges  CIS138DA   20082-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 12-11-2007

CIS138DA  2008 Spring – 2011 Summer II

L+L  3.0 Credit(s)  4.0 Period(s)  3.7 Load  Occ

Desktop Design and Publishing Using Adobe InDesign

Use of Adobe InDesign to compose and print textual and graphic materials of high quality. Includes word processing of copy, use of graphics programs, layout of design elements, printing alternatives, and file formats.

Prerequisites: CIS105, or BPC110, or permission of Instructor.

Cross-References: BPC138DA

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


CIS138DA  2008 Spring – 2011 Summer II

Desktop Design and Publishing Using Adobe InDesign



Describe the components, techniques, and purposes of desktop publication. (I, IV, VII)


Configure the application environment including the necessary operating system, word processor, graphics software, and layout program. (II, III)


Compose and print single page layout. (IV, VII, VIII)


Prepare bit-mapped, object, and scanned graphics. (IV, VI)


Create properly formatted text files using an appropriate word processor. (V)


Produce layouts incorporating graphic elements. (VII)


Make multiple-page layouts demonstrating mastery of layout principles. (VII, VIII)


Utilize transparency, effects, and layers. (IX)


Assemble various documents from templates and/or models. (III, VII, VIII)


Create a Portable Document Format (PDF) document. (X)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


CIS138DA  2008 Spring – 2011 Summer II

Desktop Design and Publishing Using Adobe InDesign


I. Desktop publication concepts

A. Text vs. graphics

1. Word processing

2. Painting, drawing, and drafting

B. Uses of printed materials

C. Examples of desktop publications

II. Microcomputer hardware and operating system requirements

A. Operating system

B. Memory

C. Storage

D. Printers

E. Digitizers, graphics pads, and other graphics devices

III. Desktop Publication software

A. Word processing packages

B. Graphics programs

C. Layout software

D. Clip art and other graphics resources

IV. Publication design

A. Evaluation of audience and goals

B. Initial page layout

1. Columns, pagination, etc.

2. Logos, graphics, and other elements

3. Fonts and other typographical considerations

V. Copy preparation

A. Comparison of word processing alternatives

B. Formatting and editing textual material

C. Ancillary aids (spelling checkers, scanners, etc.)

VI. Artwork production

A. Bit mapped graphics

B. Object graphics

C. Scanned input

D. Clip art

E. Special typography (original fonts, kerning, etc.)

F. Special products (music, comics, cartoons, maps, genealogies, storyboards, calendars, etc.)

VII. Pages composition and layout

A. Layout basics

1. Simplicity, symmetry, visual impact

2. Rules of thumb and traditional guidelines

B. Mechanics

1. Sizing and positioning artwork

2. Aligning, flowing, heading, dividing text

3. Treatment of special elements and difficult problems

VIII. Printing

A. Personal printing

B. Preparation of camera ready copy for printers

IX. Transparency, Effects, and Layers

A. Gradation in translucency

B. Adjusting opacity and blending colors

C. Applying drop shadows and feathers

D. Using Clipping Paths and Alpha Channels

E. Importing layered Photoshop artwork

X. File Format

A. PDF file format

1. Benefits of using a PDF (Portable Document Format) file

2. Creating a PDF file

3. Saving and viewing a PDF file in a Web Browser


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