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Course ID: BPC138AA
Title: Windows Desktop Design & Publishing
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00
Specialty: Publisher 2013

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 13127

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 8/25/2014

Weeks: 14

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Suncity Team (Betsy Raymond)

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Textbook:

Title: Microsoft Publisher 2013: Complete, 1st Edition
Authors: Starks, Joy L.
ISBN: 978-1-285-16732-9

Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Required Software:

Microsoft Publisher 2013

Microsoft Windows

Note: MAC users will need access to the MS Windows operating system in order to complete this course. You can use one of Rio Salado’s computer labs or you can install MS Windows as a second operating system on your machine using Boot Camp or similar software and switch to it when you need to complete your coursework. Please visit for MAC technical support assistance, such as the use of Boot Camp.

Additional Materials: Student Data Files from the Textbook Companion Web site

Educational Software Discounts

Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and more. It is available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class and your academic journey. As long as you are currently enrolled as a student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

To get your Office follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to and enter the following information:
    1. Username: Your Maricopa email address (i.e.
    2. Password: Password you use to log into your Maricopa email account
    3. Click Sign in
  2. Follow the instructions on the installation screen.

You will need your school email account to sign in.

Important Note: The Office 365 provided by Maricopa Community Colleges is for personally owned (home) computers and devices.

Microsoft Imagine Program
Rio Salado College is a member of the Microsoft Imagine Program. As a part of the program, students who are enrolled in technology courses at Rio Salado can download many of Microsoft’s products for free to use in their courses. Some products are unavailable for download so if the software you need for the course is not available you will need to purchase the software. Be sure to read the Terms of Service for details on how you may use the software.

Microsoft Imagine Program (You must click on the link to access the website. Copying and pasting the URL into your browser window will not work. You must be logged into your course in RioLearn for the link to work.)

Software Purchase Program
Rio Salado College has partnered with many software vendors to be able to offer software at a discounted price to students. Through this partnership, the software is discounted with students’ needs in mind to make it more affordable. To take advantage of these offers there is a link titled Software Purchase Program on the left hand side of the RioLearn portal after logging in. Be sure to read the Terms of Service for details on how you may use the software.

Software Purchase Program (You must click on the link to access the website. Copying and pasting the URL into your browser window will not work. You must be logged into your course in RioLearn for the link to work.)

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Use of Windows based microcomputers and appropriate commercial software package to compose and print textual and graphic materials of high quality. Includes overview of micro operating system, word processing of copy, use of graphics programs, layout of design elements, and printing alternatives.
Official Course Prerequisites
A grade of C or better in CIS105 or BPC110 or permission of Instructor.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Describe the components, history, and purposes of desktop publication.
  2. Compose and print a single-paged all-text layout.
  3. Describe the differences among vector (EPS) and TIFF graphics.
  4. Create text files, use a spell checker, and demonstrate proofreading skills.
  5. Produce layouts incorporating graphic elements.
  6. Create multiple-page layouts incorporating layout principles, text flowing, sizing and placement of graphic elements.
  7. Create a report or newsletter, or flyers, or resumes, or brochures, or advertisements, and other typical desktop publishing documents.


Course Requirements

  1. You must complete all assignments in the course to receive a passing grade.
  2. Examinations: An At-Home Final Exam Project is required in this course.
  3. You must earn a minimum of 60% on the At-Home Final Exam Project in order to qualify to pass the course.
  4. Note: All correspondence with your instructor must contain your name, class, and section number. Work cannot be graded and credit cannot be issued without this information.
  5. Rio Course Announcements: You are required to check the course announcements regularly for important course information. This is located on your Course Homepage.
  6. You are expected to write at the college level. Please see Grading Matrix for Essays/Short Answers.
  7. Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

This course consists of 12 lessons, including an At-Home Final Exam Project. Points are given for the successful completion of these lessons and for the At-Home Final Exam Project.



100 Points



124 Points



170 Points

At-Home Final Exam Project


120 Points

Total Points Possible


514 Points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

463 – 514 points


A (90% - 100%)

411 – 462 points


B (80% - 89%)

360 – 410 points


C (70% - 79%)

308 – 359 points


D (60% - 69%)

0 – 307 points


F (  0% - 59%)

Please note: Extra credit is not available for this course.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Submitting Assignments

You will be directed to submit your assignments in one (1) of the two (2) following ways:

  • Online Assessment
  • Online Zipped Attachment

Online Assessment

Whenever possible, you will submit quizzes and assignments online within the course.

Important information: Be sure to follow the procedure below to complete your quizzes and assignments.

  1. Review all assignment directions before beginning the assignment. Write at a college level for all essays and assignments. See the Grading Matrix for Essays/Short Answers. You should type your essay in a word processing program and then copy/paste it into the appropriate textbox in the online submit form. This way, you can use spell/grammar check.
  2. Use the link(s) within the online lesson to access and submit the assignment. Once you have started entering your answer(s), be sure to save your work. Also, you should allow enough time to submit your work within a 7-day window from the time you first access the link.

Note: For courses with At-Home Midterm Exams and/or At-Home Final Exams, you are only allowed to submit these assessments one time. You are required to complete all parts of the assessment.

Be sure you have answered all questions prior to clicking the SUBMIT button; once you have submitted your answers, you will not be able to access them again. When you are finished, you will need to close the browser window to return to your course.

Online Zipped Attachment:

You must zip all attachments before submitting them online. Windows and Mac operating systems contain built-in utilities to zip files and folders. You may also use third-party software if you desire, but the compressed file must be in a .ZIP format. To zip attachments in this course, follow the instructions below.

Windows Compression Utility:

  1. Create a folder on your Windows Desktop. (It should be titled with your name and the lesson number and/or name.)
    EXAMPLE -"John Smith Lesson 1"
  2. Save all assessments, publications, exercises, assignments, etc. in this folder.
  3. When all assessments, publications, exercises, assignments, etc. for the lesson are in the folder, right click on it and select "Send to" and then "Compressed (zipped) folder."
  4. This will create a .zip folder on your desktop.
    EXAMPLE -"John Smith Lesson"
  5. You can then submit the .zip folder, via the link at the end of the lesson.

Mac OS Archive Utility:

  1. Create a folder on your Mac Desktop. (It should be titled with your name and the lesson number and/or name.)
    EXAMPLE – “Jane Smith Lesson 10”
  2. Save all assessments, publications, exercises, assignments, etc. in this folder.
  3. When all assessments, publications, exercises, assignments, etc. for the lesson are in the folder, click on the folder to select it, right click on it, and select “Compress.”
  4. This will create a .zip file on your desktop.
    EXAMPLE – “Jane Smith Lesson”
  5. You can then submit the .zip folder via the link at the end of the lesson.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

Industry Exam

There may be an industry exam available for the software and/or hardware taught in this course. An industry exam is an exam developed by the creators of the software, or by a recognized industry organization, which evaluates the knowledge and skills of an individual to ensure that the individual is competent with the said software and/or hardware. Earning an industry exam can help further demonstrate your proficiency with potential employers, and in some cases may be required for certain jobs. Examples of industry exams include: Microsoft Office Specialist, Adobe Certified Associate, CompTIA A+, and more. To learn more about industry exams available at Rio Salado, please visit the Testing homepage under the Exams Offered at Rio Salado heading.

If an industry exam is available for this course, more information can be found within the Course Introduction.

NOTE: Taking an industry exam is not a required component of the course, but may be available for you to take after finishing the course.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Deadline for Student to Withdraw with Guaranteed Grade of W” indicated in the college catalog.

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting or by calling Student Enrollment Services at 480.517.8540 (1.800.729.1197 toll-free). In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. See detailed information about the (P/Z) option here.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignment due dates for this course are listed in the Gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, you must submit a written request to your instructor, via the “Modify Due Dates” link under the Due Dates tab in your Gradebook, at least one week prior to the due date. Late points may be deducted at the instructor's discretion.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Print-Based or Internet course is assigned a start date and an end date. Students may request an extension due to illness or other extenuating circumstances if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.

Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Academic Adjustment Needs & Disability Resources and Services

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

  • you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

  • you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

  • you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)


1 Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation 2.8.1:

2 Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services website:


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Conduct & Community Standards team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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