MECH ENG 1006 - Design Graphics & Communication
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Associate Professor Colin Kestell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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
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).
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%) Communication 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
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
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 Task Weight % Description Due Date
Design Graphics Design Assignment #1 5 A reproduction drawing Set week 1,
due Friday week 3
1-7 Design Assignment #2 5 An orthographic auxiliary projection Set week 2,
due Friday week 4
1-7 Design Assignment #3 2.5 A freehand drawing Set week 3,
due Friday week 4
1-7 Design Assignment #4 5 A manually drawn assembly Set week 4,
due Friday week 6
1-7 Design Assignment #5 2.5 A CAD component Set week 6,
due Friday week 8
1-7 Design Assignment #6 5 A simple CAD assembly Set week 8,
due Friday week 9
1-7 Design Assignment #7 5 A detailed CAD assembly Set week 9,
due Friday week 12
1-7 Design Sub Total 30 Communication 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
8-13 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).
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.
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
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