Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GD 101
Course Title:
Technology and Procedures
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Course Description

Introduces current Macintosh computer operating system, industry technical requirements, classroom procedures and overview of the program servers and printers. Required for entry into the Graphic Design program. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121.

Addendum to Course Description

This is a required course for students intending to continue in the Graphic Design program at Portland Community College. This is not a general computer course, but a course specific to the requirements of the Graphic Design program at Portland Community College. In order to declare a major of Graphic Design and continue in subsequent courses within the PCC GD Program, students must earn a grade of €œB€ or higher in GD 101, GD 114, and GD120.


Intended Outcomes for the course

At the completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Increase workflow production through efficient use of the computer operating system 
  • Streamline project organization through integration of a file naming system 
  • Interface with networked servers and printers 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Written quizzes and tests will be used to assess student€™s competency in the material covered in the course curriculum. Students will be assessed on vocabulary, shortcuts, procedures and Graphic Design industry best practices.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Efficient computer use
Professional procedures

Technical exploration

Using Servers
File naming system
Maximizing Macintosh Operating System
Keyboard Shortcuts for productivity
Professional Vocabulary
Effective Navigation
Output options and choices
Image input

• Define Macintosh Operating System terminology and vocabulary
• Access and navigate Macintosh desktop, dock, windows and menus
• Use keyboard shortcuts to perform common tasks
• Identify Macintosh buttons and toolbar icons
• Use a standardized naming system
• Successfully search for files
• Navigate through the hard drive with a purposeful direction
• Save files to intended locations or folders
• Demonstrate ability to access, upload and download server files
• Successfully move files between a server, flash and hard drive
• Identify all file name suffixes and their uses
• Identify all file icons and their uses
• Locate and manage fonts on a computer
• Explain the differences between various output options
• Identify various types of halftone dot printing
• Demonstrate proper use of storage devices €“ Flash and CD drives
• Perform basic image input