MSWord or MS PowerPoint

ACAP Student Learning Support. ACAP is a college of the Navitas Professional Institute Pty Ltd. National CRICOS Code: 01328A. RTO Code: 0500.

Divide you poster in sections with headings
and subheadings
Use images, colour and graphics that
complement and enhance your content
Include APA referencing in-text and a
reference list

Generally, poster assignments have the following
formatting. Please check your assignment brief for
more specific instructions:

Program: MSWord or MS PowerPoint
Paper size: A2
Pages: One, including reference list
Title: Ensure the poster has a title including
your name and student number.
Orientation: Landscape or portrait
Font: Times New Roman 12pt is to be used
throughout, except in the case of headings,
which may use a larger font size, and the
reference list, which should use 8-10pt
Language: The language in a poster is
academic, as it is designed for a

professional audience. An impersonal,
scholarly tone should be used and formal
writing expectations apply.
 References: An APA7-formatted reference
list is to be included on the page in Times
New Roman 8pt or 10pt. The reference list
is not included in the wordcount.
What is it?
It is important to note that poster assignments can
take two forms; a poster, or a research poster. A
poster usually involves presenting information in an
accessible way to a particular audience. A research
poster usually involves a presentation of research
that you have conducted and includes sections like
the methodology and the results. You will need to
check the assignment criteria to see what type of
poster you need to create. The information below is
for a poster. If you are doing a research poster click
here to access the guide to creating a research
The purpose of a poster is to demonstrate your
ability to:
 Synthesise key research and information into
an accessible format for a target audience
(ACAP students, the public, high school

Convey relevant and timely information in a
professional and appropriate manner.

Each poster assignment will have its own particular
“theme”. For instance, the brief might be to create a
poster demonstrating your understanding of Mental
Health and Wellness, by providing relevant
information regarding that topic to a specific target
group. Further information on your poster’s theme,
and how to identify your intended audience, can be
found in the assessment section in your class space.
Posters are written in a formal style and are usually
in 3rd person. Text needs to be easy to navigate and
sections should flow logically.

Use transition words between ideas
Include references to add credibility and
acknowledge your sources
Understand the target group that you are

attempting to reach and use the most
relevant and important information and
language for that group.
Guiding Questions
– What is the focus of your poster?
– What “key terms” need defining, with
reference to research?
– Who is your target group?
– What does your research tell you about
this target group, and what information
is likely to be useful to them?
– Can you use graphics, tables, or
flowcharts to help explain key
ACAP Student Learning Support. ACAP is a college of the Navitas Professional Institute Pty Ltd. National CRICOS Code: 01328A. RTO Code: 0500.
Clear introduction
to what the article
is about.
Correct APA 6th
style referencing
for a journal article.
Tips, process & checklist
– Avoid fuzzy images. Make sure all graphics are high-resolution (at least 200 dpi).
– You can use the websites below to search for high quality copyright free images
– Organise and align your content with columns, sections, headings, and blocks of text. White space (this
is the “empty” space between sections) is important to increase visual appeal and readability.
– Format headings and subheadings consistently. This helps structure your information visually. Make
sure the sections flow logically and smoothly and guide readers from one section to the next.
– Write concisely and include clear topic sentences. This will guarantee maximum understanding when
reading your poster.
– Aid understanding by using dot points, lists, tables and graphs to increase clarity and quantity of the
– Avoid jagged edges. Left-justify text within text boxes or fully justify blocks of text.
– Make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare. Researching and designing posters takes time.
1. Audience &
Check instructions to
2. Research
Research topic
Prioritise importance of
information for the
3. Planning
Brainstorm sections,
headings and
4. Writing
Write up sections
Add graphics, tables and
flowcharts where
5. Proofread
Check spelling and
Look for sections you can
write more concisely
 I have tailored my poster to a particular audience
 I have included a mix of text, images and graphs to
help explain ideas and concepts?
 I have included in-text references for all facts,
paraphrased ideas and images taken from other
 I have proofread for grammar, spelling and
checked formatting
 My reference entries follow APA style
 I have checked my Turnitin report and
paraphrased well
 I have covered all the content requirements
listed in the assessment information

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