In this unit, students are introduced to the engineering design process with emphasis on computer-aided design (CAD). It includes the role of creative thinking in design, generating and evaluating alternatives against a range of technical, environmental, social and economic criteria, and making the final design decisions. The professional drawing practice incorporated into this unit includes projections and views, dimensioning, different drawing types and using both 2D and 3D CAD software.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply a systematic approach to engineering design;  
  2. Find, organise and evaluate information related to problems in engineering design;  
  3. Identify and evaluate technical, environmental, social and economic factors impacting on the solution of engineering design problems;  
  4. Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to develop and present design solutions; and  
  5. Communicate proposed design solutions in presentations and written reports.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two CAD skill tests (2D and 3D) 30%
Portfolio Individual portfolio of engineering designs 30%
Project Group technical report (25%) and group oral presentation (15%) 40%

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