GRDSN 142, Print Production

Spokane Falls Community College Mondays & Wednesdays
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Building 19, RM 202

Fall 2018 • 3 Credits

Course Web site:

Instructor: John Mujica

Contact Information

E-mail: Phone/Voicemail: 509.533.3717
Office Location:Building 19
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Tuesdays 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
& 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Thursdays 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Fridays 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


GRDSN 121 or permission of instructor.

Concurrent enrollment:


Course Description:

This is an intermediate course in computer graphics and printing technology. Projects involve using industry standard computer applications to create and edit pixel and vector images, create page layouts, and prepare files for commercial printing. Emphasized are color management, printing technology, file preparation for multiple color printing, Acrobat PDF workflow, raster image processing, cross-application data exchange and file troubleshooting.

Required Texts:

There are no required texts for this class, but will reference You can obtain a FREE account when you sign up for a library card through Spokane Public Library.

Teaching / Learning Strategies:
Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Projects

  • Exercises
  • Guest Speakers

Adobe InDesign CC • Adobe Photoshop CC • Adobe Illustrator CCAcrobat Pro DC • Acrobat Distiller

Student Evaluation

The class is comprised primarily of classroom instruction reinforced by ongoing in-class (Labs) and out-of-class (Homework) exercises, a midterm as well as a course final all of which count toward the final grade. Also contributing to your grade are Layout Reviews—one-on-one reviews of previous files created. This review and exercise count towards your final grade in this course. In addition, in-class participation and student professional conduct will be evaluated through a grading rubric / assessment.

Performance Based Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the various types of offset printing processes.
  2. Prepare and troubleshoot files for offset printing.
  3. Prepare digital layout and graphic files for print using current industry standards.
  4. Use vector & raster art according to industry standards in documents to be printed on an offset press.
  5. Discuss the various models of digital colors and color management, and apply them to digital images for both print and web.
  6. Analyze and create PDF files for soft proofing, digital distribution, or offset press output.
  7. Send files to a print provider with all necessary components and instructions.
  8. Select paper and finishing options for commercial printing.
  9. Work and communicate with others in a graphic arts production environment.

Grading/Evaluation Policy

Granding Rubric
Grading is based on industry standards. Student is required to self assess at the middle and end of each quarter.

COMMUNICATION (1-5 Grading Scale)

  1. Well below expectations
    Student does not communicate clearly with supervisor. There is little to none, one on one conversations, phone or email correspondence.
  2. Approaching student level work
    Student occasionally communicates with supervisor through one on one conversations, email or phone.
  3. Student level work
    Student regularly communicates with supervisor through one on one conversations, email or phone.
  4. Entry level work
    Designer communicates clearly with supervisor through one on one conversations, uses phone or email, and networks occasionally with industry organizations.

    Networking Event:

  5. Professional level work
    Designer communicates clearly with supervisor through one on one conversations, uses phone or email, and participates regularly with industry organizations.

    Netwroking Event:

ATTENDANCE (1-5 Grading Scale)

  1. Well below expectations
    Student does not show up, is not prepared for work, and has no time management skills
  2. Approaching student level work
    Student shows up at some meetings, late regularly, is semi-prepared for work, and sometimes manages their time effectively
  3. Student level work
    Student shows up at most meetings on time, is usually prepared for work, and is progressing with managing their time effectively.
  4. Entry level
    Designer, attends all meetings on time, is prepared for work, and effectively manages their time
  5. Professional level work
    Designer attends all meetings on time, is prepared for work, has excellent time management skills collaborates and motivates others

DEADLINES (1-5 Grading Scale)

  1. Well below expectations
    Deadlines are not met. All digital files are turned in late and/or not received
  2. Approaching student level work
    Few deadlines are met. Few digital files are turned in on time and/or received.
  3. Student level work
    Most deadlines are met. Most digital files are turned in on time. Student is progressing in time management.
  4. Entry level
    All deadlines are met. All digital files are turned in on time. Effective time management is observed.
  5. Professional level work
    Designer is able to beat the deadline and quality of work is not sacrificed. Craftsmanship of digital files is outstanding

FILE MANAGEMENT (1-5 Grading Scale)

  1. Well below expectations
    Files are scattered and inadequate for reproduction purposes. Named inappropriately and/or have not been received
  2. Approaching student level work
    File management is unorganized, not stored and saved in various locations, and naming conventions need to be attended to
  3. Student level work
    Files are semi-organized, packaged, named appropriately, stored and saved in safe places, in the correct color file format, layers are named, and files have been prepared according to job specifications (specs). Student is progressing in attention to detail.
  4. Entry level
    Files are organized, packaged, named appropriately, preflighted, in the correct color file format, layers are named and files have been prepared according to job specifications (specs). Attention to detail is noticeable and can be seen by the construction of the file(s).
  5. Professional level work
    Files are well organized packaged, named appropriately, pre-flighted, in the correct color file format, layers are named and and files have been prepared to job specifications (specs).

PRODUCTION (1-5 Grading Scale)

  1. Well below expectations
    Student is unable to complete tasks at a sufficient level for participation. Craftsmanship is not apparent. No usage of keyboard shortcuts is observed.
  2. Approaching student level work
    Student needs continual instruction and supervision. Attention to detail and craftsmanship is sometimes apparent. Student usage of keyboard shortcuts is limited.
  3. Student level work
    Student can complete the task with limited supervision. Student is progressing in craftsmanship and production skills. Keyboard shortcuts are sometimes used.
  4. Entry level
    Designer can work independently without supervision. Designer has the ability to learn on their own. Craftsmanship is a priority and is noticeable in the work. Keyboard shortcuts are used regularly.
  5. Professional level
    Designer is a self motivated learner, shares technical information and is looked to as a resource for information. Attention to detail is a priority in the construction of files. Keyboard shortcuts are essential and used continually.

Your final grade is determined by the grading rubric as well your midterm and final. The rubric assesment is similar to a performance review, which takes in to consideration your work (projects) as well as how you funcition within a given system (rubric).  The  assesment rubric is worth 50 percent of your final grade and the midterm as well as the final are worth 50 percent. While exercises aren't graded, all exercises will need to be complete in order to receive a grade.

0.0 = 1-6pts                                Assesment Rubric = _______ pts
1.0 = 7-8pts                                  Midterm Projects = _______ pts
1.5 = 9-10pts                                                       Final= _______ pts
2.0 = 11-12pts
2.5 = 13-16pts                              Final Grade = _______
3.0 = 17-18pts
3.5 = 19-20pts
4.0 = 22-30pts

Other Policies:


Class attendance is an important part of the course experience. Much of the course content is only available by attending class. You are responsible for obtaining any notes that you missed during an absence, either from a classmate or from the class website. Participation in class discussions, labs, and student professionalism are all factored into your classroom grade.

If you must miss a class, please notify your instructor, either by e-mail or in person, prior to class so arrangements can be made.

Attendance is equivalent to on the job training. Attendance is crucial to your progress and will be taken at the beginning of every class.

The attendance policy is as follows:
3 Credit Course: More than 6 absences = 0.0 (This equates to missing 3 weeks of class time)
Two late attendances = one absence


All assigned exercises and projects are due either at the beginning of class (in the case of homework exercises and projects) or at the end of class (in the case of lab exercises) as specified by the course calendar. Late coursework will be accepted however, will be assessed accordingly according to the grading rubric established. Exercises are graded on a “complete” or “incomplete” basis. ALL exercises are to be completed by the end of the course. An extension due to extenuating circumstances such as health or other personal problems can be obtained by receiving permission from the instructor, either prior to or after the fact, by submitting appropriate written documentation to the college or by contacting the instructor directly. Please refer to the Spokane Falls Community College guidelines for further information.

Make-up Policy:
For an absence to be excused a student will need to communicate to their instructor via email prior to an absence. Students need to complete any work missed by the next class period, or by instructor arrangement. If the above criteria are not met the absence will be applied to the attendance policy.


SCC/SFCC students are entitled to two days of excused absences per academic year for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious organization. Students’ grades will not be adversely impacted by authorized absences under this policy, although students in courses with required community clinical and /or practicum experiences must fulfill these requirements to meet the licensure requirements of the program. All absences under this policy must be submitted to the Chief Academic Officer in writing at least two weeks prior to the desired absence, containing a precise explanation of how the requested holiday is related to a reason of faith, conscience or an organized activity conducted by a religious organization. If deemed in alignment with the policy, the student will receive a document with date(s) of the approved absences (must be full days). The student is solely responsible for ensuring the documentation authorizing the absence is provided to each of the instructors whose classes or assignments are affected by the absence. The instructor(s) will determine, within two days after receiving the notification, what adjustments, if any, will need to be made for the student to make up assignments or tests missed during the absence(s), and the instructor may require that the student submit the assignment or take the test before or after the regularly scheduled date. If the student fails to notify the instructor of an authorized absence under this policy, the instructor is not obligated to make accommodations.


Cell phones must be turned to silent mode during class. If a call must be answered, take the call outside of the classroom and student work spaces. Lab workstations should only be used for class work—Web browsing, e-mail, game play, online video-watching, instant messaging and other non-class related computer activities should be reserved for other computers on campus. Expect the lab computers to be turned off during certain lectures throughout the quarter. No food or drink are allowed in the computer labs.


The presentation of another individual’s work as one’s own or the act of seeking unfair academic advantage through cheating, plagiarism or other dishonest means are violations of the college’s “Student Rights and Responsibilities.”

See College catalog or public Web site for definitions and violation penalties at


We are a college community enriched by the diversity of our students, staff, and community members. Each individual and group has the potential to contribute in our learning environment. Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.


Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty, and Disability Services. If you have already been approved for accommodations and requested them for this term, both you and I receive a Letter of Accommodation by e-mail. It is important that we discuss the accommodations as early in the term as possible. Students who believe they are eligible for accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through Disability Services should phone 509-434-5162, e-mail, or go to the office in Bldg. 17, Room 201.


It is the policy of Spokane Falls Community College and its Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship status, pregnancy and related conditions, family relationship, veteran’s status, disabilities and tobacco usage in any educational programs, activities or employment. ADVISING AND COUNSELING Academic advising is available for any student and is required for all first year, degree or certificate seeking students. Meeting with an advisor can help clarify your academic and life goals, choose classes that prepared you for a career, and/or identify transfer options. Instructors are also available to discuss class, degree, and career options.


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Note: This course syllabus is only for the quarter listed above and the faculty may make appropriate changes. Also, future syllabi for this course may be different.

Revised 9/18/2018

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