Information Processing and Publishing: Computer Applications


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

Course Details

  • ATAR: Yes
  • NTCET Points: 20
  • Cost: No

About the subject

Stage 2 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (Information Processing and Publishing)

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. 

Student work Student work


For a 20-credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through eight assessments, including the external assessment component. Students undertake:

  • At least five practical skills assessments
  • One issues analysis assessments and one technical and operational understanding assessment
  • One External Assessment
School Based Assessment Weighting
  • Assessment Type 1: Practical Skills (5 Tasks)
  • Assessment Type 2: Issues Analysis(2 Tasks)
External Assessment
  • Assessment Type 3: Product and Documentation

Information on the External Assessment

External Assessment (30%) – This task is to create 5 Pages of a Magazine using Design Process.

Product: The text for five pages is to be generated by the student and should be approximately 1500 words.

Documentation: The design process must be covered in separate documentation a maximum of 1500 words, which is submitted with the final product. The documentation includes an evaluation of the product and of the design process used.

This Assessment is graded by the SACE Board.

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