Apply knowledge of the graphic pre-press sector

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ICPKN311C, 'Apply knowledge of the graphic pre-press sector'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Books
Reference books for 'Apply knowledge of the graphic pre-press sector' on fishpond.com.au. This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to ntisthis.com for every purchase, so go nuts :)


Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

1. Apply knowledge of printing industry

1.1. Printing industry terminology and vocabulary are used correctly and accurately

1.2. New technology and new work processes are monitored and implemented when required

1.3. Trends within the printing industry are monitored on an ongoing basis to inform personal work practices

2. Apply knowledge of government acts and regulations

2.1. Basic principles and obligations involved in copyright, OHS, environmental protection, access and equity and industrial awards are understood in relation to the workplace

2.2. The basic principles and obligations involved in copyright, OHS, environmental protection, access and equity and industrial awards are followed in personal work practices

3. Apply detailed knowledge of pre-press processes

3.1. The principles behind the following pre-press functions: image production (typesetting, scanning, graphic arts camera), image combining (manual and electronic), image output (film, plates, direct to press) and digital workflow are understood and applied where possible in the workplace

3.2. Different types of images (line, half-tone), digital and their use are assessed to identify most appropriate image for the given job

3.3. Different output settings eg screen rulings and angles, shapes, are researched and how they affect final product is evaluated

3.4. The different types of output required for different printing processes are researched and evaluated for different jobs

3.5. Different output devices eg film setters, plate setters, analogue proofs, digital proofs, are researched and evaluated for different jobs

4. Apply knowledge of printing processes

4.1. Basic principles of the following printing processes: lithography, relief, flexography, gravure, pad printing, screen printing, digital/electronic printing are appraised to inform decisions made for different jobs

4.2. The types of jobs and products for each process are considered to ensure appropriate choices are made to meet client needs

4.3. The capabilities and limitations of each process are reviewed for different jobs

5. Apply knowledge of converting and finishing processes

5.1. Basic characteristics of the following converting and finishing processes: guillotining, flat-bed and rotary cutting, collating, folding, adhesive, mechanical and thermal fastening, are considered for different jobs

5.2. The types of processes are appraised to inform decisions made for different jobs

6. Apply knowledge of substrates and inks

6.1. The range of substrates used for each printing process are researched and evaluated for different jobs

6.2. The relationship of different paper sizes is considered for different jobs

6.3. Different weights and callipers of substrates and how they affect pre-press operations are researched for different jobs

6.4. Paper grain and how it affects pre-press, printing and finishing operations are researched for different jobs

6.5. Different properties of ink such as drying properties, fastness, gloss, and how they affect pre-press operations are researched for different jobs

7. Apply detailed knowledge of pre-press requirements for printing and finishing processes

7.1. Designs that are appropriate for different printing processes are explored according to different jobs

7.2. Dot gain and trapping requirements for different printing processes, inks and substrates are evaluated for different jobs

7.3. Use and positioning of trimming and folding marks and how these are affected by different substrates are evaluated for different jobs

7.4. Criteria for evaluating suitability of pre-press outputs for printing processes are explored and implemented

7.5. Criteria for producing folding impositions are evaluated for different jobs

8. Apply knowledge of colour theory

8.1. Colour theory of additive colours (light), RGB, is used to inform pre-press and/or design decisions

8.2. Colour theory of subtractive colours (pigments), CMYK, is used to inform pre-press and/or design decisions

8.3. Relationship between ranges of visual colour RGB and CMYK is used to inform pre-press and/or design decisions

8.4. Relationship between hue, greyness and substrate for tone and colour correction is used to inform pre-press and/or design decisions

8.5. Colour matching conditions and colour matching systems are used to inform pre-press and/or design decisions

8.6. Procedures that ensure effective colour management are implemented

9. Apply basic knowledge of costs of production

9.1. The main cost elements (fixed, capital and variable) in pre-press production are considered during different jobs

9.2. The information required to accurately cost jobs and the means of collecting it (manual and computerised) are considered and implemented, where required, during different jobs

9.3. Ways of minimising use of materials without affecting the quality of output are considered and implemented, where required, during different jobs

9.4. Ways of maximising efficiency of capital and human resources are considered and implemented, where required, during different jobs

10. Apply basic knowledge of production management requirements and systems

10.1. The types of information that need to be exchanged between different stages of production to facilitate production efficiency are identified and implementation strategies developed

10.2. Systems (manual and computerised) that can be used to exchange information are considered and implemented, where required, during different jobs

10.3. The basic principles of efficient production management are considered and implemented, where required, during different jobs

10.4. The principles of effective quality management are considered and implemented, where required, during different jobs


Qualifications and Skillsets

ICPKN311C appears in the following qualifications:

  • ICP30210 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Pre-press)
  • ICP40610 - Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Management_Sales)
  • ICP40710 - Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Process Leadership)
  • ICP30110 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Design Production)