Unit description

Introduces students to communications issues in delivering creative, professional media presentations, and develops an understanding of the desktop computer publishing tools and practices needed to present concepts in educational and workplace settings. Students acquire basic skills and knowledge in the principles of computerised images and text sourcing, layout, processing, storage and network distribution. They then apply these to the conceptualisation, construction and delivery of media presentation.

Unit content

Module 1: Visual Design Principles -- introduction to design principles, understanding colour

Module 2: Elements of design -- working with type, image basics, image and representation

Module 3: Professional Practice -- complex layouts, working to a brief, IP and copyright in publishing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Most of the compulsory readings for this unit are from the prescribed text which is available as an ebook and can be accessed online via the SCU Library. Additional Readings will be available via myReadings from MySCU.: Alan Hashimoto, Mike Clayton, 2009, Visual Design Fundamentals: A Digital Approach, 3rd edition, Charles River Media / Cengage Learning, Boston, MA. ISBN: 9781584505815.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Unit Tasks 125%
Unit Tasks 225%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Unit Tasks 125%
Unit Tasks 225%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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