Course Title: AutoCAD for Civil Engineers

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: AutoCAD for Civil Engineers

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Ricky Chan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9975

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.21

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course aims to develop fundamental capability of visual and graphical communications in the construction industry. It involves interpretation and creation of graphical presentation using computer aided drafting software.  Fundamental and more advanced functions of AutoCAD to produce 2D drawings and 3D models are addressed. You will gain hands on experience with AutoCAD’s comprehensive drawing, modifying and organisational tools through a series of practical exercises and demonstrations. There will be particular emphasis on civil engineering drawings.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Operate basic and more advanced functions of AutoCAD efficiently
  2. Create typical civil engineering drawings including reinforced and steel structures, drainage works and road works.
  3. Construct 3D models in AutoCAD 


Overview of Learning Activities


AutoCAD for Civil Engineers is conducted in a studio environment where you will have direct access to AutoCAD to produce 2D and 3D drawings. Face to face instruction will be given on the various commands and functions of AutoCAD. This will be reinforced through practical exercises and projects based on relevant case studies and scenarios which align with design project work involved in Years 2,3 & 4 of the BH077 program.

A test will be conducted at the end of semester such that students may demonstrate their skills to the instructor. Learning materials are available in Blackboard LMS. 

Total study hours: Forty-eight (48) hours for one semester comprising studio sessions. 

Overview of Learning Resources

A learning package specifically developed for this course is available online. A list of Australian Standards, design handbooks and recommended textbooks will be given.

Subject Guide:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Basic AutoCAD exercises

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Feedback will be given in lecture

Assessment Task 2:  Civil Engineering drawings

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Individual test

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2 & 3

A marking criteria/rubrics are available to students