Course Title: Use extended features of CAD

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: CIVE5657

Course Title: Use extended features of CAD

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Sanos- CAD Teacher - School of Engineering (TAFE)

Nominal Hours: 60

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

MEM30001A - Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings
EDX060B – Prepare basic mechanical and structural steel drawings to AS 1100

Course Description

This unit covers the necessary skills and knowledge to use CAD to produce multi-view, multi-scale detail and assembly drawings to AS 1100, including the creation and use of library parts and the use of third party software.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX120B Use extended features of CAD


1. Produce multi-view and multi-scale drawings

Performance Criteria:

1.1 A multi-view drawing is produced from an unscaled 2D model.
1.2 Detail views are produced at different scales from an unscaled 2D model.


2. Create and use library parts and files.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Library parts/elements suitable for standardisation are constructed and saved
2.2 Each library component is inserted at a specific scale and orientation to predefined locations in a drawing.
2.3 Library parts are modified after insertion
2.4 Library parts are modified and redefined


3. Attach attribute data to library parts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The type of data to be attached is formulated and defined
3.2 The relevant parameters are set in order that the required data can be entered and attached to each part.
3.3 The data is entered for each part as it is inserted in the drawing.
3.4 The data is modified and updated as necessary


4. Extract and manipulate data from a drawing

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Data is extracted from a drawing.
4.2 Extracted data is inserted into destination files in spreadsheets databases and word processing files.
4.3 Data is formatted in the destination file for analysis orpresentation.
4.4 Data is analysed for a specific purpose


5. Construct assembly drawings to AS 1100 by the use of library files

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Library files are combined to form an assembly drawing
5.2 Unwanted entities (such as dimensions) in a library file are removed from view in the assembly drawing
5.3 Library files are linked to the assembly drawing file
5.4 A library file is updated within the assembly drawing or the library file drawing.


6. Create entities in a 3D drawing environment.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Simple 3D CAD models are created using lines, arcs and circles.
6.2 The coordinate system is moved and orientated to facilitate the placing of entities in the 3D environment.
6.3 Simple solid objects are created through the use of primitive solids and extruding and revolving groups of entities.


7. Add entities to a 3D CAD model.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Entities are added to a 3D model to meet the specific requirements of the project.
7.2 Sectional and other views are generated from a 3D model.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Directed

Teacher led face to face and one-on-one instruction using overheads and notes covering the extended concepts of CAD drawing and the additional operating features of the CAD software. This will cover each element in designated areas of underpinning knowledge and include:
o Orthographic projection
o Plans, elevations, sections and details.
o Multi-scale drawings
o Creating blocks in block library(s)
o Inserting these blocks into files
o Creating and using line styles
o Creating a data base system within the drawing file.
o Importing/exporting drawing files
o Importing word processor and spreadsheet files
o File recovery

Simulated Workplace Activities

In a computer lab using Computer Aided Drafting software, using appropriate standard symbols and terminology to AS 1100 the student will prepare two dimensional drawings of complex engineering parts based on industry standards and include:
o Prepare assembly drawings
o Prepare drawings using multiple scales
o Prepare drawings using multiple views
o Manipulate the CAD co-ordinate system
o Copy parts using multiple scales
o Compress drawing files
o Edit and manipulate existing drawing files
o Import and export drawing files
o Import and export word processed and spreadsheet files
o File recovery.

The student will prepare a selection of the following drawings to AS 1100 and industry standards:
o Mild steel crank
o Brass step
o Beam/column connection
o Column base plate detail
o Portal frame connections including member schedule
o Pump bracket

Student Self Directed

Using the Internet students will research AS 1100 from Standards Online to obtain an understanding of engineering principles, conventions and drawing practices. Students will be encouraged to view and analyse a variety of real-life projects (drawings) to increase their understanding of the standard expected in an engineering drawing office.

Teaching Schedule

WeekAssessmentDue Date
1 Steel Bracket End of Week 1
2 Manifold Assembly End of Week 3
4 Site Plans End of Week 4
5 Test - Engineering comonent Week 5
6 Steel Beam and connection Week 7
7 Steel Column Week 7
8 Resubmissons 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. AS 1100.401 Technical Drawing – General Principles
2. Engineering Drawing (5th ed) by A.W. Boundy.
3. SAA/SNZ HB1:1994 - Technical Drawing for Students
4. General Drafting Standards – School of Infrastructure, Electrotechnology, & Building Services available from the local web site for CAD drafting.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

1. Manifold Assembly - (20%)
2. Site Plans - (20%)
3. Test - Basic Engineering Component - (20%)
4. Steel BEam, Column and Connection - (40%)

Assessment Matrix



Element CoveredAssessment  Proportion of Final Assessment Submission Time
1 to 8 Classroom Assignments 80% Throughout Semester
1 to 8 Competency Test 20%Week 5

Other Information

Underpinning Skills and Knowledge

Prerequisite units comprise part of the underpinning knowledge and skills.
Setting up multiple detail views of a 2D model.
Setting scale for each view.
Controlling dimensions in different scaled views so that all dimensions are the same format (to AS 1100).
Library parts:-
Creation of library parts
Insertion of library parts at different scales
Setting up library parts so that data can be attached.
Attaching data (attributes) to library parts
Modifying the data
Extracting data from a drawing containing library parts.
Inserting extracted data into a word processor, spreadsheet or data base.
Analysing extracted data using a spreadsheet or database.
Removing unnecessary data from a drawing file
Use of interchange formats and exporting and importing drawings into and from other formats
Re-orientation of the coordinate system.
Insertion of data from word processors, spreadsheets or data bases into the drawing.
Linking and viewing drawings from different disciplines in a large project.

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