Information Processing and Publishing


In this subject students apply practical skills and design principles to provide creative solutions to text-based communication tasks.

About the subject

Students create both hard copy and electronic text-based publications, and evaluate the development process. Students use technology to design and implement information processing solutions, and identify, choose, and use the appropriate computer hardware and software to process, manage and communicate information in a range of contexts.

Course content

Stage 2 Information Processing and Publishing consists of the following four focus areas:

  • Desktop Publishing
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Personal Documents
  • Business Documents.

For a 20-credit subject, students undertake two of the focus areas listed above.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Practical Skills40%
Issues Analysis30%
External Assessment 
Product and Documentation30%

Information on the External Assessment - Product and Documentation

Students undertake one Product and Documentation task that may come from either one focus area or the integration of two focus areas.

Students complete, for an identified audience, a text based Product that demonstrates knowledge and use of the four parts of the designing process: investigating, devising, producing, and evaluating. The completed Product should be at least three A4 pages in length, or the equivalent, for a 10 credit subject; and five pages in length, or the equivalent, for a 20-credit subject.

There must be adequate text to demonstrate use of design elements. The designing process must be covered in separate documentation, of maximum of 1500 words, which must be submitted with the completed product for a 20-credit subject and a maximum of 900 words for a 10-credit subject.

The Product and Documentation is double graded, firstly by the student’s teacher and secondly by an external assessor appointed by the SACE Board. The teacher and the external assessor make a decision about the quality of the Product and Documentation with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Information Processing and Publishing Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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