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JOUR12-240: Digital Publishing and Design September 2021 [Standard]

General information

In this subject, students will build a digital portfolio. They learn to sub-edit, layout and design story packages for various media platforms, including hard copy and online newspapers, magazines, blogs, web and tablets.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:JOUR12-240
Subject title:Digital Publishing and Design
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Computer Lab: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Laboratory
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. 'Class Participation' does not equate to 'Class Attendance'. Merely 'being there' is not sufficient to fulfil the following criteria: contribution, collaboration, preparation, cultural sensitivity, and initiative. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover the information if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to view the recordings of the weekly live sessions in order to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. In addition to synchronous sessions, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning and more time may be required depending on factors such as the familiarity of the content. Please note: If you study on-campus, always bring your laptop to class. When you participate in the online sessions, always choose a private quiet place, with reliable internet and working microphone and camera, as you will use them regularly for class participation and activity.


Prescribed resources:
  • Rob Layton (2011). Editing and News Design.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify and critically discuss the principles of publication design and create print and digital publications based on these principles.
  2. Use design program InDesign to create publications such as newspapers, magazines, newsletters and books across platforms.
  3. Package and publish content across a range of platforms, notably print, online and tablet.
  4. Understand different publishing platforms, their traditions and audiences and how content changes across platforms.
  5. Identify current issues in the publishing industry and discuss the significance and analyse the potential impact on professional practice.
  6. Make ethically and legally sound publishing decisions.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Showcase Portfolio Portfolio of designs 40% Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Oral Pitch In-class presentation 20% Week 10 1, 4, 5, 6.
Project Digital design 40% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

How and in which industries you could use the skills taught in this subject. An introduction to InDesign and Adobe Xd

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

You will design your own interactive mobile app using InDesign and Adobe XD and other industry-standard applications. You will test your designs in real-time on your own mobile phone.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

You will create interactive eBooks with rich imagery and layouts that are suitable for publishing to major platforms such as Amazon and Apple Books.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

You will discover the techniques and psychology behind publication design. This will enable you to manipulate the reader by directing their eye sub-consciously across the page/screen.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

How to make your brand instantly recognisable and stand out from the crowd. Typography overview, the grid, and introduction to colour.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

The purpose of typography, type styles, type groups, the measurement of type, legibility and readability, how to choose your own type, screen typography, and the differences between print and screens.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Guiding the reader, headlines, content flow, interaction design, interface elements.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

The power of photography in publications, how to read pictures, picture sources, types of photos, and the picture editing process.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

The roles of editors and producers in legacy and digital newsrooms, editorial management, editing and technology, editing techniques, and accuracy and storytelling.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Scaffolding the major assessment item

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Responsible publishing, copyright and defamation, how to make ethical decisions, graphic material and decency, and photo manipulation.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Drop-in session in which you will work on your major assessment with your tutor's guidance.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Approved on: Jul 8, 2021. Edition: 3.7
Last updated: Sep 20, 2021.