Design & Technology Education MDTechEd

Graphics 3 EDUC4099

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will extend student knowledge of graphics through connection to principles and elements relating to graphical manipulation and desktop publishing. Core design theories relating to these areas will be discussed and students will be supported to understand and apply a range of techniques to generate a graphical product in response to a brief.


Weekly, 2 hour tutorials.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students will produce a portfolio that assesses their understanding of graphic principles, software use and graphical manipulation. Students will also produce a c.1,500 word reflective assignment that clearly explains the theories, concepts and principles of graphics and desktop publishing that informed their thinking and response to the brief.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will extend knowledge and understanding of core theories, principles and concepts relating to graphics previously learned in Graphics 1 and Graphics 2. The course aims in particular to support students to show familiarity with principles, elements and techniques relating to layout design and desktop publishing.


This course enables students to have the knowledge required to meet the GTCS Standard for Provisional Registration as follows:


2.1.1 Have knowledge and understanding of the nature of the curriculum and its development

2.1.2 Have knowledge and understanding of the relevant area(s) of pre-school, primary or secondary curriculum

3.1.1 Plan coherent, progressive and stimulating teaching programmes which match learners' needs and abilities

3.1.2 Communicate effectively and interact productively with learners, individually and collectively

3.1.3 Employ a range of teaching strategies and resources to meet the needs and abilities of learners


The course will also develop the following graduate attributes: Subject Specialists; Investigative; Independent and Critical Thinkers; Resourceful and Responsible; Effective Communicators; Confident; Adaptable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate understanding of core theories, principles and elements relating to graphical manipulation and desktop publishing.

■ Demonstrate familiarity with the routine materials techniques and practices relating to layout design and desktop publishing.

■ Apply a range or principles, elements and techniques to generate a graphical product in response to a brief.

■ Explain and justify the use of graphical elements and principles used in responding to a brief.

■ Demonstrate understanding and effective use of specialist software and image manipulation tools in the context of desktop publishing.

■ Undertake structured and critical analysis of commercial and printed publications using core theories, principles and elements.

■ Reflect on the processes of graphic manipulation and desktop publishing with reference to the core theories, principles and concepts.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must have an 80% attendance or better at all timetabled classes. Students must achieve at least a D3 grade. Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.