2.2.3 Word Processing and DTP

Social and ethical issues

Students must study and evaluate the social and ethical issues involved in the use of word processing and desktop publishing (DTP). These may include:
  • effects of DTP on the right to publish, for example, freedom of the press, free exchange of ideas
  • economic effects of DTP on business
  • intellectual property issues associated with reproduction and/or transformation of digitized text
  • effects of word processing and DTP on the workplace, for example, job loss, deskilling, surveillance
  • ergonomics/health impacts of word processing and DTP in the workplace
  • social impact of speech-enabled input/output.

Knowledge of technology

In order to study and evaluate the social and ethical issues involved in the use of word processing and desktop publishing, the student must have an understanding of related technological concepts. These may include:
  • key terms-formatting, template, spell check, grammar check, ASCII/unicode, PDF, RTF, text
  • word processing versus page layout
  • appropriate use of templates
  • effective use of word processing functions to streamline production of documents
  • use of appropriate fonts, white space and line spacing to create output that communicates effectively.


The Task
Review the features of this newsletter:
Using Microsoft Publisher design a double-side A4 booklet style publication called the Ergo News. It must be in colour and should contain all the information clearly using a suitable layout and font sizes. If printed on separate sheets, it must be glued together!! In addition to the general features found in a newsletter, you must include the following:
  1. An advertisement describing an ergonomic product (+ graphic)*
  2. A summary of the different health issues due to computer usage
  3. Present interesting statistics (graphics are good!)
  4. An article targeted for large businesses that explains (in more detail that in (2) above), compares and evaluates THREE different health issues arising from the use of computers in the workplace. As part of your overall evaluation, you should also suggest possible feasible solution(s) for each issue that must be put in place to prevent being sued by your employees. One issue must be a health problem caused by poor ergonomics. You should identify the type of work that may be causing the health issue(s). All sources must be included in a bibliography.
  5. An ergonomic checklist to be placed beside a computer workstation*
  6. A bibliography presented in a suitable format for a newsletter.

*NOTE: The advertisment and the checklist will be created using an image editing package. Words and images can be sourced however you will being to develop skills in using a image editing package and knowledge of file formats (jpeg/bitmap/vector graphics) - we will do this later in the course.

All work must be your own words and citations are important. If you use a template, make sure that you include all necessary features and details.

Assessment Criteria
  1. Advertisement: accurate content, persuasive argument (3 marks)
  2. Summary of Health Issues accurate content, factual evidence (5 marks)
  3. Statistics are interesting, relevant, up to date, well presented and complement the content of the newsletter (5 marks)
  4. Health Issues article: accurate, substantiated content, good evaluation and comparisons (10 marks)
  5. Checklist: visual, all major checks included (5 marks)
  6. Clear layout, appropriate fonts, relevant graphics, visual appeal, consistent with the general features required in a newsletter (10 marks)
  7. Bibliography: minimum 5 quality references presented in a suitable format (4 marks)
    Total (42 marks)