Course details

Typography and Publishing

ITY Acad. year 2010/2011 Summer semester 4 credits

Current academic year

Students learn basics of typograhpy and tools for creating documents. We concentrate on LaTeX system for preparing professional documents and publications. The course consist of six lectures (one 90 minutes long lecture per two weeks). Students practise their knowledge within five LaTeX projects. The final test is in the last week of teaching part ot the term.


Language of instruction



Classified Credit

Time span

13 hrs lectures, 26 hrs projects

Assessment points

30 half-term test, 70 projects




Martinek David, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Rozman Jaroslav, Ing., Ph.D. (DITS FIT BUT)

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students learn typography basics and how to create documents by the LaTeX system.

Learning objectives

To understand common principles of typography. To take overview of tools for creating documents of high typographic quality. To be familiar with the system LaTeX for preparing professional documents and publications.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Text editors, language HTML.

Study literature

  • Rybička, J. LaTeX pro začátečníky (LaTeX for Beginners), 3. edition. Konvoj, Brno, 2003. ISBN 80-7302-049-1. (In Czech)
  • Kolektiv autorů. Jak publikovat na počítači (How to Publish by Computer), SCIENCE, Velentiny, 1996. ISBN 80-901475-77. (In Czech)
  • Kopka, H., Daly, P. W. LaTeX podrobný průvodce (A Guide to LaTeX Document Preparation for Beginners and Advanced Users), vydání první. Computer Press, Brno, 2004. ISBN 80-722-6973-9. (In Czech)
  • ČSN ISO 690: Dokumentace - Bibliografické citace: Obsah, forma a struktura. Český normalizační institut. 1996. (In Czech)
  • ČSN ISO 690-2: Informace a dokumentace - Bibliografické citace: Část 2: Elektronické dokumenty nebo jejich části. Český normalizační institut. 2000. (In Czech)

Fundamental literature

  • Rybička, J. LaTeX pro začátečníky (LaTeX for Beginners), 2. edition. Konvoj, Brno, 1999. ISBN 80-85615-74-6. (In Czech)
  • Kolektiv autorů. Jak publikovat na počítači (How to Publish by Computer), SCIENCE, Velentiny, 1996. ISBN 80-901475-77. (In Czech)

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Goals and structure of the course, typography fundamentals, review of tools for document prepatation.
  2. Introduction to LaTeX system - philosophy, software, plain and hybrid composition, paragraph composition.
  3. Document composition - comon rules for structuring, LaTeX commands for document structuring, composition of mathematical expressions in LaTeX.
  4. Table formating and image inserting in LaTeX.
  5. Standards for references, references in LaTeX.
  6. Basics of presentation preparing, presentation tools  in LaTeX.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  1. Plain and hybrid composition (10 points)
  2. Document composition, mathematical expressions (15 points)
  3. Pictures and tables (15 points)
  4. References (15 points)
  5. Presentation preparinng (15 points)

Progress assessment

  • 5 projects (70 points)
  • final test (30 points)

Controlled instruction

No attadance on lectures is monitored within this course. The knowledge of students is examined by the projects and by the final test.

Exam prerequisites

Students get points in the projects during the term and in the final test at the end of teaching part of the term. It is necessary to get at least 50 points for the accreditation. Classification is according to standard ECTS scale.

Plagiarsm within projects and/or cheating during final test will cause that involved students are not classified and disciplinary action can be initiated.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
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