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CCOG for GD 101 Summer 2022

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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 technology used in the Graphic Design program. Required for entry into the Graphic Design program. Prerequisites: GD 120, and 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 “B” or higher in GD 101, GD 114, GD 120 and GD 150.


Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon 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.

  • Use networked servers and printers.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Quizzes and tests. 

  • 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 Networked Technology
File Naming System
Keyboard Shortcuts for Productivity
Professional Vocabulary
Efficient Navigation of Operating System
File Output Options


  • Access and navigate Macintosh operating system
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to perform common tasks
  • Use a standardized naming system
  • Successfully search for files
  • Save files to specific locations
  • Access, upload and download files on a network
  • Move files from a network to local storage devices
  • Identify all file name suffixes and their uses
  • Identify all file icons and their uses
  • Locate and manage fonts
  • Choose appropriate output options
  • Identify various types of halftone dot printing