MECH ENG 1006 - Design Graphics & Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The course introduces students to internationally accepted standards of both written and graphical engineering communication methods. Students will learn the fundaments of professional engineering oral, written and team communication as well as manual and computer aided drawing skills. Information about this course is subject to change in the pursuit of continual improvement. Students are advised to regularly check MyUni and emails to keep abreast of all relevant information and amendments.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 1006
    Course Design Graphics & Communication
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Course Description The course introduces students to internationally accepted standards of both written and graphical engineering communication methods. Students will learn the fundaments of professional engineering oral, written and team communication as well as manual and computer aided drawing skills.

    Information about this course is subject to change in the pursuit of continual improvement. Students are advised to regularly check MyUni and emails to keep abreast of all relevant information and amendments.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Colin Kestell


    Assoc Prof Colin Kestell

    Lecturer Engineering South Building, S227
    Ms Dorothy Missingham Lecturer Engineering South Building, S305
    Contact details for tutors will be provided via MyUni.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Students will learn how to:

    1 Interpret and communicate through engineering drawing
    2 Visualise 3D objects from 2D images
    3 Acquire a basic freehand drawing skill
    4 Learn the basics of a CAD package
    5 Prepare drawings and documentation suitable for manufacture
    6 Critically read and analyse information
    7 Write formal engineering discussion papers
    8 Write basic engineering reports
    9 Apply knowledge of working as individuals and as a team
    10 Present team seminars
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-10
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Students will require good quality drawing instruments as detailed on MyUni. They will also require access to a computer and an active user account in the Engineering Computer Aided Teaching Suite (CATS).

    Recommended Resources

    A Student (take home) version of ProEngineer Wildfire, although because of differences between the release dates of new ‘University (more comprehensive)’ versions and ‘Student’ versions, mutual compatibility between data files cannot always be guaranteed.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Face to face lectures and demonstrations, workshops, video lectures, examples and hands-on practical workshops.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course comprises two integrated areas of communication: graphical (Design Graphics) and rhetorical (Communication). In both areas students will be expected to regularly use and refer to the online teaching resource, MyUni. In addition to this resource there will also be:

    Online lessons that are supplemented by: 
    12 x 1 hour Design Graphics lectures (to elaborate upon the online material, and answer questions)
    12 x 1 hour Communication lectures.  Opportunities to broaden the learning and research experience in small groups will be available in  11 x 3-hour Design and Communication practical sessions (with no practical sessions in week 1). Students are expected to attend these, since the will be assigned into teams.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Design Graphics
    Introduction (1 lecture – 4 %)
    Orthographic projection (1 lecture – 5 %)
    Pictorial projection (1 lecture – 4%)
    Auxiliary projection (1 lecture – 4%)
    Dimensioning, Tolerancing, Abbreviations & Symbols (1 lecture – 4%)
    Working drawings and the design process (1 lecture – 4%)
    Computer Aided Design (6 lectures - 25%)
    Team work skills (3 lectures - 12%)
    Rhetorical communication skills (3 lectures - 13%)
    Oral communication skills (3 lectures - 12%)
    Interpretation and analytical skills (3 lectures - 13%)
    Specific Course Requirements


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    The course assessment comprises three elements:

    30% Communication coursework

    30% Design Graphics coursework

    40% Design Graphics exam

    All elements must be passed. A failure in ANY element will result in a FAIL. All assessment tasks are tabulated below.

    Assessment TaskWeight %DescriptionDue Date

    Learning Outcomes

    Design Graphics
    Design Assignment #1 5 A reproduction drawing Set week 1,
    due Friday week 3
    Design Assignment #2 5 An orthographic auxiliary projection Set week 2,
    due Friday week 4
    Design Assignment #3 2.5 A freehand drawing Set week 3,
    due Friday week 4
    Design Assignment #4 5 A manually drawn assembly Set week 4,
    due Friday week 6
    Design Assignment #5 2.5 A CAD component Set week 6,
    due Friday week 8
    Design Assignment #6 5 A simple CAD assembly Set week 8,
    due Friday week 9
    Design Assignment #7 5 A detailed CAD assembly Set week 9,
    due Friday week 12
    Design Sub Total 30
    Comms assignment #1 2.5 MBTI and LSI Set week 1, Due Friday week 2 1-7
    Comms assignment #2 2.5 Attendance of Level 4 Seminars TBA 8-13
    Comms assignment #3 2.5 Linked paragraph Set week 2, Due Friday week 4 8-13
    Comms assignment #4 2.5 Research paragraph Set week 5, Due Friday week 6 8-13
    Comms assignment #5 10 Extended essay Set week 8, Due
    Friday week 10
    Comms assignment #6 10 Group presentation Set week 8, Due weeks 11 & 12 8-13
    Comms Sub Total 30
    Exam 40 Manual orthographic drawing Exam week, Date TBA 1-7
    Total 100
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students must perform to the satisfaction of the course coordinator and tutor to pass the assignments and hence the course (refer section 5.5). There is zero tolerance for plagiarism (refer section 8).

    Assessment Detail

    So that assignments remain relevant and topical, and so that students do not commence them prior to the set date, their specific details will be provided via MyUni on the dates indicated in the above table. There will be sufficient scope within the assignment criteria to ensure originality. There is zero tolerance for copying and students are advised to read the University policy on plagiarism in order to understand the severe consequences of such actions.


    All assignments must be submitted on-line via MyUni, where specific instructions shall be provided. Late assignments will be penalised 10% per day. Extensions for assignments will only be given in exceptional circumstances and a case for this with supporting documentation must be made in writing. Assignments will be assessed and returned 2 weeks after the due date. There will be no opportunities for re-submission of work of unacceptable standard.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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