TY2PRP-Professional Practice 1

Module Provider: Typography
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Geoff Wyeth

Email: g.m.wyeth@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

An introduction to the skills and contexts of professional practice in graphic communication.


To develop professional skills through an understanding of professional practice, relevant craft skills, and competence in design and print technology; and to gain a basic understanding of professional design contexts prior to careers learning.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • To research and understand modern print and finishing technologies that go beyond conventional offset lithography, and beyond basic trimming and folding.

  • To demonstrate effective group work, research process and project management

  • To design an effective, information-rich, large-format poster

  • To prepare and deliver an innovative, professional presentation that shares your accumulated knowledge with a room full of graphic designers

  • To make appropriate use of the available range of project management tools

Additional outcomes:

  • Work effectively as part of a project team

  • Prepare for careers learning in Part 3 through TY2PRP coursework

  • Prepare to undertake professional assignments in the Department

Outline content:

Topics will include:

  • Job management, costing, and workflow

  • Pre-press operations

  • Presswork and proofing

  • Finishing

  • Specification

  • Communication with suppliers/printers

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

In the Autumn term, workshops will provide an overview of print production processes and procedures. A field trip to a production/printing house will provide an opportunity to gain more insight into printing processes. Students undertake a production project in small teams that includes researching production methods and using a project management tool to support their process, developing a report and a poster on particular methods, preparing files for production and a group presentation of their research. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework consists of a production project that is completed in small teams. The teams will work with a project management tool, research and develop a report and a poster presentation about production methods. Students will also prepare their posters for professional printing and submit them with an accompanying handover document.  

Formative assessment methods:

Each group will receive formative feedback through an online project management tool.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Coursework must be resubmitted by August/September; exact date to be notified.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Printing and binding: £10-15


    Last updated: 3 October 2018


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