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DSIN143 - Design Using Adobe InDesign

Course Details

Course Code: DSIN143 Course ID: 4533 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the principles, practices, processes, and disciplines related to designing print media for maximum communication. This course evaluates the process for planning, preliminary negotiations, pre-visual research and analysis, visual conceptualization, points of view, attitude, document design, document production, and post-production. This course examines the principles of typographic design, word design, page organization, page layout, integration of words and images, character styles, paragraph styles, layout design, tiling, scaling, textures, and illustrations. This course investigates color theory, additive and subtractive color models, complementary colors, patterns and rhythms. Students will apply their knowledge to design flyers, brochures, CD/DVD covers, and product packaging. Students must have access to Adobe InDesign CS5 or higher. This software is not provided by the course material grant and must be purchased/provided by the student.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the capabilities of Adobe InDesign that have made it a useful tool design tool

  2. Asses the use of Adobe Creative Cloud to create basic web file formats for images and multimedia

  3. Apply typographic hierarchy effectively in printed communications.

  4. Use images in communications to achieve effective messaging.

  5. Assess the use of Adobe InDesign to create print materials to address specific communication needs

  6. Apply the fundamentals of design to printed communications

  7. Develop an interactive digital document

  8. Apply the fundamentals of design to develop digital books

  9. Apply the fundamentals of design to develop Interactive documents

  10. Demonstrate use of graphic design as a professional and the use of graphic design in the realm of mass communications

Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. Contact will consist of professor notes, forum interaction, and email feedback. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning forum assignments, quizzes, assignments, the midterm project and final project.

Review the assigned textbook and support materials for this course! Review the table at the end of the syllabus to see assigned readings for each week.


The projects for this course are located throughout each Lesson. The projects that are required for grading with this course are created from scratch.


The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forum provides maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.

Forum Timing: For the forum, you must post your work by midnight on Thursday, continue to follow your classmates' posts for the remainder of the week, and post the follow-up peer responses prior to midnight on Sunday, except for week one. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate's opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Required Participation: Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the forum with at least 250 words about the topic and also respond to at least 2 peers’ posts with at least 150 words. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with these requirements of the assignment. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the forum. There is no need to also post your forum work in the assignments area of the classroom. Refer to the forum and the syllabus for more details on grading.


The Midterm Project requires you to use your knowledge of to apply knowledge gained through the first 4 weeks of the course.

The Final Project requires you to use your knowledge gained through-out the course apply what you learned throughout the entire course.

Additional references are found in the Lessons Page of the classroom.

Book Title:Adobe InDesign CS6 Digital Classroom - eBook provided through the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Smith, AGI
Unit Cost:$35.71
Book Title:DSIN143 - required software for this course is not covered by the APUS Book Grant. Purchase information is available here - Cost may vary by subscription length.
ISBN:DSIN143 Software
Electronic Unit Cost:$40.00
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.