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BUS 181 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing

Instructor: Robin Tartow

Course Description:
Students will use the Adobe Creative Suite for this course. Students will learn to use the basic tools of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.  Upon completion of the course students will be able to understand the difference between a pixel-based and vector-based graphic and import and export graphics in multiple formats. Topics will include creating text and gradients, drawing and composing an illustration, transforming and distorting objects, incorporating color techniques, placing type in an image, how to work with layers and printing preparation will also be covered. Projects will include designing a logo, editing photographs for a brochure and design and layout for a company newsletter.

Required Materials:
Current student ID.
Valid and active email address. (All students are provided an email address through Seattle Central. Log into SCCC email here.)
Working knowledge of Windows operating system and basic word processing skills.
Textbook:The Graphic Designer's Digital Toolkit, 6th Edition. Allan Wood. ISBN: 978-1-133-60269-9

Some type of portable storage is recommended. For example a usb/thumb/flash drive or online/cloud storage                      

Methods of Instruction :

  1. Lectures/Demonstrations: Important material will be covered and reinforced during class time.  Plan to take careful notes in class. Discussion is encouraged as is cooperative learning experiences will be done in pairs, small groups or involving the entire class.
  2. Assignments: Practices, reviews, worksheets, etc. will be periodically assigned to help support and supplement material from demonstrations and lectures.
  3. Testing/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on class task performance, homework assignments, attendance and display and application of work habits. Exams will be closed book/notes and will test assigned readings and material discussed in class. The final exam/project will be comprehensive in nature. There are no make-up exams.

Missed Classes:
Each student is responsible for obtaining all material distributed in class.  The course will have a steady pace and information will not be repeated for any not in attendance. If a student misses a class he/she is also forfeiting their attendance points for the day as well as the opportunity to take an exam or earn assignment points.

Classroom Guidelines: 
Do not talk, type, surf the net, or print during lecture, or when a student is asking a question. Food, gum, candy, drinks, etc. are discouraged in the classroom. Cell phones will be turned off during class time.  Power outlets in the room are not to be used to recharge any electrical device. The use of any unapproved electrical device may result in an additional task for the student to complete. Respect each other’s personal space, and be ready to participate. You will be encouraged to share your ideas throughout the course!

Student Assignments:  All assignments are distributed in class and will consist of review exercises of the material covered on each class session.  Due dates for each assignment will be provided when each is distributed. If students do not attend class on a due date, they will forfeit the points for that assignment. The only alternative to handing in an assignment in class, is to send the assignment via However, includes a time stamp when assignments are emailed.  The time stamp must indicate a time previous to class meeting time.  If the file is sent after class has begun, points are forfeited. If students are unable to complete required assignments or coursework, they are expected to seek the instructor’s attention. Late assignments will only be accepted with instructor approval.  Late assignments are subject to penalty; one grade point is deducted per day.

Student Coursework: 
All assignments, homework, exams, quizzes, and projects are distributed in class and will consist of review exercises of the material covered on each class session.  Due dates for each assignment will be provided when each is distributed. If students do not attend class on a due date, they will forfeit the points for that assignment. If students are unable to complete required assignments or coursework, they are expected to seek the instructor’s attention. Late assignments will only be accepted with instructor approval and are subject to penalty; one grade point is deducted per day. If students are unable to complete required assignments or coursework they are expected to and are encouraged to work with tutors at the Computer Lab.

Academic Integrity:
 A student shall be guilty of a violation of academic integrity if he or she:

  • Represents the work of others as his or her own;
  • Obtains assistance in any academic work from another individual in a situation in which the student is expected to perform independently;
  • Gives assistance to another individual in a situation in which that individual is expected to perform independently;
  • Offers false data in support of laboratory or field work.
  • If a student is in doubt regarding any matter relating to the standards of academic integrity in a given course or on a given assignment, that student shall consult with the instructor before presenting the work.

Cheating includes but is not limited to the following actions:

  • Copying from someone else's test or examination paper.
  • Possessing, buying, selling, removing, receiving, or using, at any time or in any manner not prescribed by the instructor, a copy or copies of any materials (in whole or part) intended to be used as an instrument of academic evaluation.
  • Using materials or equipment during a test or other academic evaluation which have not been authorized by the instructor, such as crib notes, calculator, or tape recorder.
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain any material relating to a student's academic work. Such actions include theft of examination.
  • Working with another or others in completing a take-home examination or assignment when the instructor has required independent and unaided action.
  • Attempting to influence or change an academic evaluation, grade, or record by unfair means. This would include altering academic work which has been returned to the student and which has been resubmitted without indicating that the work has been altered.
  • Permitting another student to substitute for one's self in an academic evaluation.
  • Marking or submitting an examination or evaluation material in a manner designed to deceive the grading system.
  • Willfully damaging the academic work or efforts of another student.
  • Submitting, without prior permission of the instructor, any work by a student which has at any time been submitted in identical or similar form by that student in fulfillment of any other academic requirement at any institution.
  • Submitting of material in whole or part for academic evaluation that has been prepared by another individual(s).
  • Submitting data which have been altered or contrived in such a way as to be deliberately misleading.
  • Submitting written materials without proper acknowledgment of the source.
  • Deliberate attribution to, or citation of, a source from which the referenced material was not in fact obtained.

Aiding and abetting others to cheat or plagiarize includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Giving unauthorized assistance to another or others during a test or evaluation, including allowing someone to copy from a test or examination, or arranging with others to give or receive answers via signals.
  • Substituting for another student in order to meet a course or graduation requirement.
  • Providing specific information about a recently given test, examination, or assignment to a student who thereby gains an unfair advantage in an academic evaluation.
  • Providing aid to another person, knowing such aid is expressly prohibited by the instructor, in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing, or publication of work to be submitted for academic evaluation.
  • Removing or attempting to remove, without authorization, any material relating to a class that would give another student unfair academic advantage.
  • Permitting one's academic work to be represented as the work of another.

It is expected that all homework assignments, projects, lab reports, papers, theses, and examinations and any other work submitted for academic credit will be the student's own. Students should always take great care to distinguish their own ideas and knowledge from information derived from sources. The term "sources" includes not only primary and secondary material published in print or online, but also information and opinions gained directly from other people. Quotations must be placed properly within quotation marks and must be cited fully. In addition, all paraphrased material must be acknowledged completely. Whenever ideas or facts are derived from a student's reading and research or from a student's own writings, the sources must be indicated. When collaboration is permitted by the instructor students must acknowledge any collaboration and its extent in all submitted work; however, students need not acknowledge discussion with others of general approaches to the assignment or assistance with proofreading.

Grading Criteria:   Final grades will be based on the total points earned in each criterion.

  Point Value
Assignments & Homework 
Exams, Quizzes, & Projects
Final Exam/Project















































Below 63































In Case of School Closure:
In the event of a weather-related closure, information is available from all major radio and television stations, the Seattle Central information line (206) 873-3800 or on the Seattle Central website  In the case of a delayed opening please avoid coming to campus until the appointed opening time. Students are encouraged to sign up for text alerts:

Students with Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities requesting class accommodations, requiring special arrangements in case of building evacuation, or have emergency medical information the instructor should know about are asked to contact the disability support services office (DSS) in Rm. 1112. Once the disability is verified with DSS you will be given a letter of accommodation that should be to handed to your instructor.

***Incomplete grades are not available for this course.

***NC grades are only approved before the end of the tenth week of the course and only under extreme documented circumstances.