Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Desktop Publishing Applications

CIT 34600 / 3 Cr.

Interdisciplinary introduction to desktop publishing technology integrating application and hardware. Students will learn desktop publishing theory and techniques to produce flyers, newsletters, brochures, business forms, web forms, and publications with database inter-connectivity. Service learning includes a complete DTP solution for a small business or not-for-profit agency.

  • Windows 8
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Adobe Photoshop and InDesign (CC or CS6)
  • Windows Media Player

Course Outcomes (What are these?)

  • Apply knowledge gained using computer and web applications to produce a complete desktop publishing solution for a customer (CIT b, c)
  • Use collaborative, integrative tools to create advanced publications (CIT i)
  • Integrate applications to build virtual workplace solutions (CIT l)
  • Use application software to publish to the web as part of the virtual workplace (CIT j)
  • Recognize and incorporate rules regarding the difference between designing documents for paper and designing for the web (CIT j)
  • Use application software document design techniques (CIT c)
  • Employ problem-solving techniques in designing business solutions on the Web (CIT c)
  • Prototype and document an acceptable solution to a problem (CIT i)

CIT Student Outcomes (What are these?)

(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.

(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

(j) An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.

(l) An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.

  • Desktop Publishing - uses, applications, and history
  • Print Publications
  • Fonts, Layout, Color, and Styles
  • Original Graphics
  • Data Driven Publications
  • Web Publications
  • Desktop Publishing Showcase


  • Homework
  • Exams (2)
  • Showcase
Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs)

1a. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats, particularly written, oral, and visual formats.

1b. Identify and propose solutions for problems using quantitative tools and reasoning.

1c. Make effective use of information resources and technology.

3. Integration and Application of Knowledge

5. Understanding Society and Culture

What You Will Learn

Desktop Publishing - uses, applications, and history

  • Define desktop publishing
  • Explain the use of desktop publishing in small, medium & large businesses
  • Identify software to assist with desktop publishing
  • Research the history of publishing

Print Publications

  • Use effective design principles
  • Create Flyers appropriate graphics and text
  • Create Newsletters using standard protocols for paginiation, text, graphics, etc.
  • Create full-color brochures for an intended audience

Fonts, Layout, Color, and Styles

  • Describe the difference between serif and sans serif
  • Describe the difference between script, modern, old style, and slab serifs
  • Describe the difference between concordant conflicting and contrasting fonts

Original Graphics

  • Plan original graphics using the rule of thirds
  • Explain the golden rectangle
  • Edit photos using cropping, selection, healing, layering, and brushing tools
  • Be able to discuss photorealism, clip art, collages, montages, mosaics, and filtering

Data Driven Publications

  • Use text and graphic databases to populate catalogs
  • Create a mail merge form letter and a mail merge e-letter
  • Describe the difference between Object linking and object embedding

Web Publications

  • Use navigation bars correctly
  • Create web pages with navigation, hyperlinks, text, and graphics
  • Use good Web design considerations
  • Describe accessibility issues
  • Use metatags and alternative text
  • Create an image map using slices
  • Add sound, animation, and correct file formats

Desktop Publishing Showcase

  • Create a complete desktop publication solution for a not-for-profit
  • Create a CD with all materials
  • Present the solution using document links and screenshots in PowerPoint