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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Advanced Graphic Communications
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Core Standards of the Course

Standard 1
Students will understand the role of graphic communications.

Objective 1
Define the role of printing as a means of graphic communications.

Objective 2
Identify the key developments in the history of printing.

Objective 3
Identify print markets and types of print business.

Objective 4
Identify and describe the major printing process.

Objective 5
Identify the products produced by each major printing process.

Objective 6
List the advantages and disadvantages of each major printing process.

Objective 7
List in order the technical production flow from idea to finished product.

Objective 8
Identify major occupations in the printing industry and their responsibilities.

Objective 9
Identify and describe basic printing equipment.

Objective 10
Read and interpret production information from a job ticket/jacket.


Standard 2
Students will understand and demonstrate safe practices.

Objective 1
List safety rules involving flammable liquids.

Objective 2
List the steps to be taken in case of injury in the lab.

Objective 3
Identify location(s) of first aid kit(s).

Objective 4
Identify location(s) of eye wash station(s).

Objective 5
Identify where protective safety equipment is needed.

Objective 6
Follow proper safety procedures when operating equipment.

Objective 7
Follow approved shop dress code for safe operation.

Objective 8
Pass general lab safety test.

Objective 9
Read, comprehend and follow instructions on warning labels and MSDS.

Objective 10
Demonstrate common sense when working with others.


Standard 3
Students will demonstrate basic mathematical concepts as it applies to graphic communications.

Objective 1
Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole number problems.

Objective 2
Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fraction problems.

Objective 3
Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimal problems.

Objective 4
Solve fractional to decimal conversion problems.

Objective 5
Solve decimal to fractional conversion problems.

Objective 6
Solve decimals to percent conversion problems.

Objective 7
Solve basic linear measure problems.

Objective 8
Calculate basic paper cuts from stock sheet.

Objective 9
Solve points to inches conversion problems.

Objective 10
Solve for ratios.

Objective 11
Calculate the appropriate DPI for scanning various originals.

Objective 12
Solve cost calculating problems.


Standard 4
Students will understand and demonstrate measuring systems.

Objective 1
Measure linear dimensions for printing materials in inches & fraction of inches.

Objective 2
Measure linear dimensions in centimeters & millimeters.

Objective 3
Measure type in points.

Objective 4
Measure copy for reduction and enlargement.

Objective 5
Measure elements in a page layout program.


Standard 5
Students will demonstrate digital file preparation.

Objective 1
Identify type fundamentals & their uses.

Objective 2
Identify the fundamentals of the digital prepress workflow.

Objective 3
Identify the importance of image resolution.

Objective 4
Identify various digital information storage and their uses.

Objective 5
Identify various desktop publishing applications and their uses.

Objective 6
Design a page with appropriate margins, formatting, guides, trims and folds.

Objective 7
Import text into a page layout program.

Objective 8
Import an image into a page layout program.

Objective 9
Identify different file formats and their uses.

Objective 10
Identify the difference between continuous tone and line art images.

Objective 11
Identify and describe a halftone.

Objective 12
Define & identify bleeds.

Objective 13
Describe the difference between spot and process color.

Objective 14
Create a spot color in a page layout program.

Objective 15
Describe the difference between RGB and CMYK.

Objective 16
Create a multi‐page layout in a page layout program.

Objective 17
Define the difference between raster and vector.

Objective 18
Create or edit a vector image in an image editing program.

Objective 19
Edit a raster image in an image editing program.

Objective 20
Demonstrate keyboard typing skills.


Standard 6
Students will understand and demonstrate how to capture and image.

Objective 1
Identify various originals and their scanner settings (ie. Line Art, CT, Printed, Text).

Objective 2
Understand the effect of DPI on file size.

Objective 3
Identify basic scanning hardware.

Objective 4
Identify basic digital camera hardware.

Objective 5
Capture an image using a scanner or digital camera.


Standard 7
Students will demonstrate digital file output processes.

Objective 1
Define trapping and its purpose.

Objective 2
Explain the purpose of a folding dummy.

Objective 3
Define imposition and signatures.

Objective 4
Identify computer‐to‐plate systems.

Objective 5
Identify image and non‐image areas of an offset plate.

Objective 6
Produce a plate for offset printing.

Objective 7
Define registration marks and their uses.

Objective 8
Describe the purpose of a proof.

Objective 9
Output color separations from a page layout program.

Objective 10
Output a proper bleed from a page layout program.


Standard 8
Students will be able to safely operate an offset press.

Objective 1
Identify offset press parts and operations.

Objective 2
Identify the cylinders of an offset press.

Objective 3
Identify safety and operation procedures for printing on an offset press.

Objective 4
Define the principles of offset lithography.

Objective 5
Compare the differences between digital printing and offset printing.

Objective 6
Describe printing applications.

Objective 7
Describe the technologies and equipment used in digital printing.

Objective 8
Perform setup for printing a single color job.

Objective 9
Produce a single color job using an offset press.

Objective 10
Perform basic cleanup of an offset press.


Standard 9
Students will be able to safely finish and bind printed produces.

Objective 1
Identify operational & safety parts of a paper cutter.

Objective 2
Identify grain direction of paper.

Objective 3
Make accurate paper cuts using a mechanized paper cutter.

Objective 4
Identify basic paper types, and weights.

Objective 5
Identify padding equipment and materials.

Objective 6
Produce a pad of paper.

Objective 7
Identify stapling and stitching equipment.

Objective 8
Produce side and saddle stitched/stapled product.

Objective 9
Identify punching/drilling equipment and materials.

Objective 10
Produce a mechanical, or three ring bound product.

Objective 11
Identify folding equipment and basic folds.

Objective 12
Produce a single fold using folding equipment.

Objective 13
Identify different binding methods and applications. (ie perfect, case, sewn)

Objective 14
Identify various finishing methods & applications (ie. die‐cutting, stamping, embossing).

Objective 15
Demonstrate basic paper jogging techniques.


Standard 10
Students will know how to complete a job application and demonstrate interpersonal skills

Objective 1
Identify personal interests and learning styles.

Objective 2
Complete a self‐assessment.

Objective 3
Discover self‐motivation techniques.

Objective 4
Determine individual time‐management skills.

Objective 5
Define future occupations.

Objective 6
Develop awareness of cultural diversity.

Objective 7
Recognize benefits of doing community service.

Objective 8
Demonstrate effective communication with others.

Objective 9
Demonstrate proper work ethics and habits.

Objective 10
Identify components of an employment portfolio.


Standard 11
Professional Development

Objective 1
As a participating member of the SkillsUSA student organization, complete the SkillsUSA Level 3 Professional Development Program.

  1. Evaluate your career and training goals.
  2. Market your career choice.
  3. Develop personal financial skills
  4. Serve as a volunteer in the community.
  5. Plan and develop a business.
  6. Conduct a worker interview.
  7. Develop a résumé and write a cover letter.
  8. Demonstrate interviewing skills.
  9. Understand the cost of customer service.
  10. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.
  11. Demonstrate evaluation skills.
  12. Examine workplace ethics: the role of values in making decisions.
  13. Perform a skill demonstration.
  14. Learn what is contained in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  15. Perform a self‐evaluation of proficiency in program competencies.

Objective 2
Serve as an officer in the school’s chapter of SkillsUSA

Objective 3
Participate in an authorized SkillsUSA drafting competition.

Objective 4
Display a professional attitude toward the instructor and peers.



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