Course Title: Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: MIET7057C

Course Title: Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6132 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Chris Sanos
Phone: +61 3 9925 8342

Teacher: Nicholas Georgiou
Phone: +61 3 9925 4949

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


Course Description

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply functions of computer-aided design (CAD) software programs that are typically used in the production of detail drawings.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements


1. Confirm drawing requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Confirm purpose, scope, and information and presentation requirements for drawing.
1.2  Review available information relevant to project and work requirements, and identify and address further information needs.
1.3  Identify computing equipment and software used in the organisation.
1.4  Identify work flow and procedures for work supervision.
1.5  Examine requirements for presentation of drawings.


2. Identify key features of CAD software

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Describe types of CAD software used for detail drafting, their key features and suitability for producing specific drawing outcomes.
2.2  Describe types of CAD software used for design drafting, their key features and suitability for producing specific drawing outcomes.
2.3  Identify differences in CAD process to generate 2-D drawings and 3-D models, and reasons for each presentation.
2.4  Identify differences in CAD process to generate single and multiple view drawings, and reasons for each presentation.
2.5  Identify CAD software used in the organisation and confirm compatibility with other software programs and peripheral equipment.
2.6  Identify software features for linked specifications, catalogues or materials ordering.


3. Access software and set up for drawing work

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Open software and navigate organisational filing and library system.
3.2  Identify organisational and software templates and determine uses.
3.3  Identify organisational symbols, codes and standards to be applied in drafting work and how these are accessed and applied.
3.4  Apply workplace procedures to retrieve and manipulate required information and navigate computing technology.
3.5  Set up working environment.


4. Produce basic drawing elements

Performance Criteria:

4.1  Use CAD functions to produce basic drawing elements.
4.2  Use editing and transfer tools and methods to modify drawing elements.
4.3  Apply dimensions, text and symbols to drawing elements.
4.4  Import and export files into/out of working space.
4.5  Generate different views and perspectives.
4.6  Organise presentation of work.


5. Complete CAD operations

Performance Criteria:

5.1  Save and file drawing elements according to organisational procedures.
5.2  Print drawing elements and evaluate presentation.
5.3  Evaluate work and identify areas for improvement.
5.4  Close applications, perform CAD housekeeping and maintain organisational filing system.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:

• Tutorials
• Workbook Activities
• Competency Tests

Cluster Information:

This course is delivered in a cluster (CAD System) in conjunction with VU21156 (MIET7540). You must enrol in these two courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies of MEM30031A and VU21156. 

Elements and Performance Criteria for VU21156 (MIET7540) Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements 
1. Prepare for drawing

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work area are followed.
1.3 Safety hazards, which have not previously been identified, are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.4 The extent of drawing task is determined from documentation or reports and from discussion with appropriate personnel.
1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
1.6 Resources for the drawing task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures.
1.7 Equipment is checked for correct operation and safety.
2. Perform drawing

2.1 Relevant OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Equipment/machines/plant are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance with OH&S requirements.
2.3 Drawing task is carried out to industry standards and in accordance with enterprise procedures.
2.4 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.
2.5 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.

3. Complete and report on drawing task

3.1 Relevant OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
3.2 Work site is made safe in accordance with established safety procedures. 
3.3 Equipment is shut down according to enterprise procedures. 
3.4. Drawing task is documented and appropriate personnel notified accordance with enterprise procedures.  

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:  

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with cluster of competencies MEM30031A and VU21156 in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for the 2 clustered competencies (MEM30031A and VU21156) is detailed below:


Topics Delivered                                                                                                             Elements/Performance criteria
1 Lecture –
• Introduction to the subject and AutoCAD
• Opening Auto CAD
• How to create an AutoCAD folder in Windows Explorer – “H”
drive and an AutoCAD file
• Becoming familiar with the AutoCAD environment
• Identify key features of CAD software
- Class Activity-
• Create new Template file on H drive
• Set up dimensions and text – “SAVE”
• Looking up and following drawings standards
- Class Activity-
• A3 Title Block
Lecture –
• How to save and backup your files and exit Autocad correctly
2.1, 2.2, 2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6
2 Lecture –
• Revisit basic commands
• Extra commands
• Blocks & Insert
• Dimensions
• Engineering scales
• Drawing layout
• Linetypes and styles

- Class Activity- Section marks & North points and Steel
3 Lecture –
• Set up layers
• W-Blocks
• Drawing Organisation

- Class Activity – Draw Screwed Steel Flange
- Class Activity – Draw Sleeve Bracket
4 Lecture –
• Discuss and demonstrate further commands
• 3rd angle projection

- Class Activity – Draw Brass Block

Lecture –
• Drawing and dimensioning on angles: oblique
• Printing: Paper space/model space

Class Activity – Complete Drawing Brass Block

5 Lecture –
• Extended commands: mirror, scale, stretch

- Class Activity – Draw Safety Bracket

- Class Activity – Draw Dovetailed Clasp

6 Lecture –
• Extended commands cont.

- Class Activity – Draw MS Sleeve

- Class Activity – Draw Keyed Bracket

7 Assessment 1- Competency Test1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5
8 Lecture –
• Site Plan drawing and their methodology with worked examples
• Important information to include on site plans
• Changing the Autocad co-ordinate system

• Class Activity – Draw Site Plans
9 Lecture –
• Subdivision drawings and their methodology with worked
• Important information to include on subdivisions

• Class Activity – Draw Subdivisions
10 Lecture –
• Discuss sectional drawings, their purpose and methodology
• Demonstrate via worked examples how to cut sections through
various objects, both tangible and drawn
• Demonstrate correct drawing conventions when completing
• Students to complete simple class room sectional sketches

- Class Activity – Draw MC Clamp and Spindle Shaft Support

11 Lecture –
• Reinforce sectional drawings, their purpose and methodology
• Demonstrate via worked examples how to cut sections through
complex objects.

• Assessment 2: Manifold Assembly

12 Lecture –
• Steel Beam and column theory
• Worked examples of how to draw steel beam and column
• Drawing standards to follow when detailing steel drawings,
incl. hatching and welding symbols
• How to use the OneSteel catalogue to the determine the size
of steel members

• Assessment 3: Steel Beam/Column Connection

13 • Continue Steel Beam and Column
14 Lecture –
• Introduction to 3D Drafting on AutoCAD

- Class Activity- Basic 3D commands activity 1 and 2

• Assessment 4: 3D Portal Frame

15 Lecture –
• Advanced 3D Drafting commands on AutoCAD

- Assessment 4 – 3D Portal Frame

16 Lecture –
• 3D drafting- Rendering surfaces, Cutting sections,

- Assessment 4 – 3D Portal Frame

17 • Assessment 5: Competency Test 21.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5
18 • Resits and Resubmissions if required1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is minimum 32 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. Gladfelter, Donnie AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015: No Experience Required
2. Onstott, Scott AutoCAD 2015
3. AS 1100.101—1992 Australian Standard Technical drawing

Students are not required to purchase these references, they are available online via the RMIT Library.

Other Resources

  • Students can obtain the latest, free educational version of Autocad from the Autodesk website for out of class work.
  • Web links
  • In class videos

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment 1: Drawing Exercises 

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

Assessment 2: Competency Tests
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance CriteriaDrawing ExercisesCompetency Test  1 & Test 2


Assessment Tasks

All assessment tasks are drawing based assessments to be completed on the CAD program taught in class. Each assessment gradually steps up in degrees of difficulty as the student develops and gains greater experience with the program and Engineering concepts. Below is a Marking Guideline to assist students understand the grading system and what it takes to achieve a higher grade and improve their performance. A Marking guideline matrix appears in the learning guide for this course.

Students must achieve a result of >50% for the competency tests and pass at least three out of four of the drawing exercises to pass this course. If a re-submission is granted, or an alternative assessment offered and a pass grade achieved, then students will not be eligible for a grade higher than 50% regardless of the standard of work.

Assessment 1: Drawing Exercises
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40%

Students must draw Engineering objects using 3rd angle projection and 3D software to specifications stipulated in the learning guide and to AS1100.

Assessment 2: Competency Tests
Weighting towards final grade Competency Test 1 (%): 30%
Weighting towards final grade Competency Test 2 (%): 30%

Students must draw Engineering objects using 3rd angle projection to specifications stipulated in the learning guide and to AS1100.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM30031A Elements & Performance Criteria

 MEM30031A Elements & Performance Criteria
Drawing Exercises x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Competency Test 1 & Test 2 x x x x x       x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

 Assessment vs VU21156 Elements & Performance Criteria 

 VU21156 Elements and Performance Criteria
Drawing Exercises x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Competency Test 1 & Test 2 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Drawing Exercises   x   x     x  x x x x
Competency Tests   x   x     x  x x x 
ALL ASSESSMENTS MEM30031A 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 3 3 2
ALL ASSESSMENTS VU21156 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 3 3 2
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
 1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.
 2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.
 3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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