Course Title: Create 3D models using computer aided design system

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: COSC6178C

Course Title: Create 3D models using computer aided design system

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5329 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Carl Sturtz

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM09009C Create 2D drawings using computer aided design system
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology

Course Description

This unit covers preparing the 3D CAD environment, creating and modifying 3D models, and producing output from the 3D model.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM09010C Create 3D models using computer aided design system


1. Prepare 3D environment

Performance Criteria:


1.1.            Coordinate system is established to job requirement.

1.2.            Orientation is established to job requirement.

1.3. Views are established to job requirement.


2. Create and modify 3D model

Performance Criteria:


2.1.            Entities are created in 3D space to job requirement.

2.2.            Entities are manipulated in 3D space to job requirement.

2.3.            Surfaces are created in 3D space to job requirement including ruled and revolved.

2.4. Existing 3D model is modified to job requirement.


3. Produce output from 3D model

Performance Criteria:


3.1.            File is saved in various formats for retrieval as per standard operating procedures.

3.2. Physical properties are extracted to job requirement including volume, mass and centre of gravity.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a CAD room using industry standard resources. You will complete exercises and industry relevant projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study  to complete assignments outside class time.

In class activities may include:
• Presentations and demonstration
• teacher directed group activities/projects with individual input from students 
• class exercises to practice and develop skills
• Analysis/critique of relevant material
• Student presentations with Teacher and Peer feedback and review
• Personal class time to discuss and develop own work for assessment/presentation 

Out of class activities may include:
• practical work on projects
• investigation and research
• preparing of work for presentations
• project work
• independent research
• online research
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

Teaching Schedule

SessionClass Content - To complete for each courseLearning elements
1What are surfaces? - introduction


2 Surfacing principles - basic exercises
3 Surfacing features - in class exercise
4 Surfacing features - in class exercise continued - Assessment 1 handed out
5 Surfacing features continued N/A
6 Surface principles tutorial
7 Boundaries and patches
8 Assessment 2 handed out
9 Creating surfaces from reference images
10 Assessment 1 due
11 Examples and theory related to assessment 2
12 Problem solving - complex surfaces
13 Working on Assessment 2
14 Working on Assessment 2
15 Assessment 2 due
 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to create 3D models using computer aided design systems. Competency in this unit cannot be claimed until all prerequisites have been satisfied.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Assessment task                                              Content/requirements                                                        Hand out Date               Due date

1                                                                       Surface exercises - principles and features                           Week   4                        Week 10

2                                                                       Complex surfacing model from reference images - drill           Week    8                       Week 15

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Product Design

CHD         Competent with high distinction             80 - 100           Highly developed
CDI           Competent with distinction                    70 - 79            Well developed
CC            Competent with credit                           60 - 69            Developed
CAG         Competent achieved - graded               50 - 59              Sound
NYC         Not Yet Competent
DNS         Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.

AssessmentContentDate SetDate DueElement 1Element 2Element 3
1Surface exercises - principles and featuresWeek 4Week 10XXX
2Complex surfacing model from reference images - drillWeek 8Week 15XXX

Other Information


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration policy (late submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

Please note
While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources and student progression.

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