Course detail

Typography and Publishing

FIT-ITYAcad. year: 2019/2020

Students learn the basics of typography and tools for creating documents. We concentrate on the LaTeX system for preparing professional documents and publications. The course consists of six lectures (one 100 minutes long lecture per two weeks). Students practise their knowledge within five LaTeX projects. The final test is at the end of teaching part of the term.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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


Text editors.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Rybička, J. LaTeX pro začátečníky, 3. vydání. Konvoj, Brno, 2003. ISBN 80-7302-049-1.
Kopka, H., Daly, P. W. LaTeX podrobný průvodce, vydání první. Computer Press, Brno, 2004. ISBN 80-722-6973-9.
Kottwitz, S. LaTeX Beginner's Guide. Packt Publishing, Birmingham, 2011. ISBN 978-1847199867.
Kolektiv autorů. Jak publikovat na počítači, SCIENCE, Velentiny, 1996. ISBN 80-901475-77.
ČSN ISO 690: Informace a dokumentace - Pravidla pro bibliografické odkazy a citace informačních zdrojů. Úřad pro technickou normalizaci, metrologii a státní zkušebnictví. 2011.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain up to 70 points from 5 projects and up to 30 points from 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 the standard scale.
Plagiarism as well as not permitted cooperation on projects and/or cheating during the final test will cause that involved students are not classified and disciplinary action may be initiated.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


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

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

No attendance on lectures is monitored within this course. The knowledge of students is examined by the projects and by the final test.
In case of illness or other relevant obstacles that are properly reported and documented, the student can ask a responsible teacher to postpone a project submission or to provide an additional date for the final test.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BIT Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective

  • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

    branch BIT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Goals and organization of the course, writing as a basis of typography, review of tools for document preparation.
  2. Introduction to LaTeX system - philosophy, software, plain and hybrid composition.
  3. Document composition - common rules and LaTeX commands for document structuring, the composition of mathematical expressions in LaTeX.
  4. Handling tables, algorithms, and images in LaTeX.
  5. Standards for references, references in LaTeX.
  6. Basics of presentations, presentation tools in LaTeX.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


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