This Stage 2 subject is available to Year 11 students.


This subject contains two sections: one on practical skills and the other on issues and understanding. 

About the subject

Students use computer technology and apply the design process to develop and present desktop publishing solutions to design briefs. They apply the principles of design and page layout (e.g. the use of fonts, text enhancement, graphics, white space, and colour) in completing tasks. The tasks may require students to provide original composition, work from instructions, and display provided material. Students use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign for publishing.

Students consider the social, ethical, and/or legal issues associated with publishing materials (e.g. security, health and safety, intellectual property, and environmental concerns). They develop their knowledge and understanding of current computer hardware and software for publishing documents from the desktop. They learn efficient ways to manage computer hardware and software to complete publishing tasks, and appreciate the complexity of file management in desktop publishing. 


School Assessment (70%)

Assessment Type 1: Practical Skills (40%)

Students complete a folio of text-based assessments that derive from any of the focus areas they have studied and demonstrate a range of skills developed. Students apply the design process and layout principles in planning, producing, and evaluating text-based products.

The use of automated publishing software or supplied templates is not recommended.

For a 20‑credit subject, practical skills assessments should total a minimum of eight A4 pages or the equivalent with sufficient text, which may be enhanced by graphics.

Assessment Type 2: Issues Analysis (30%)

Students undertake one issues analysis assessments and one technical and operational understanding assessment.

Issues Analysis

Students analyse an issue related to one focus areas they have studied. An issues analysis is presented in written form. The use of features such as headings, dot points, tables, and annotated diagrams will help students to organise their information.

Students undertake one issues analysis assessment, a written presentation should be a maximum of 1200 words.

Technical and Operational Understanding

Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the availability, operation, and management of computer technology to support the processing, management, and communication of information.

A written presentation should be a maximum of 1000 words.

External Assessment (30%)

Assessment Type 3: Product and Documentation (30%).

For a 20‑credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through eight to ten assessments, including the external assessment component.

(Full list if possible)

Assessment Type 1: Practical Skills
  • 1.Creating Business Stationery and Mail merge letter
  • 2.Café Menu
  • 3.Car wash flyer
  • 4.Recipe Booklet
  • 5.Newsletter
Assessment Type 2:
  • 1.Issues Analysis
  • 2.Technical and Operational Understandings

Assessment Type 4: External Assessment – Creating 5 Pages of a Magazine.

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