Course Title: Create 3D surface models using computer aided design systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: GRAP5278

Course Title: Create 3D surface models using computer aided design systems

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5233 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact : Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

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Nominal Hours: 55

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 describes the skills and knowledge required to create and present to a client 3D surface models using advanced computer aided design techniques and computer technologies.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU052 Create 3D surface models using computer aided design systems


1.  Interpret the design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly interpret the specifications of the brief
1.2 Establish and clarify with the user or client the proposed
product/service to inform decisions
1.3 Identify and clarify specifications, parameters or constraints of the brief in consultation with relevant colleagues
1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to the brief
1.5 Open graphics files and confirm design brief requirements


2.  Experiment with a range of innovative solutions

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine a range of innovative solutions consistent with the
parameters of the brief and based on knowledge and
understanding of idea development, advanced computer
aided design techniques and computer technologies
2.2 Consider and establish criteria for selecting devices,
techniques, tools and materials required to develop the
design solution that meets the parameters of the brief
2.3 Refine design solution based on ongoing experimentation,
analysis of technological methods and design concept
viability to meet design challenge
2.4 Use a range of computer aided design systems to produce a
range of solutions
2.5 Agree on design solution


3.  Prepare 3D environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Establish coordinate system to job requirement
3.2 Establish orientation to requirements
3.3 Establish views to job requirement


4.  Create and modify 3D model

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create entities in 3D space to job requirement
4.2 Manipulate entities in 3D space to job requirements
4.3 Modify existing 3D model to job requirement
4.4 Explore and discuss with colleagues a variety of forms for
3D model


5.  Produce output from 3D model

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Save file in various formats for retrieval as per standard
operating procedures
5.2 Extract physical properties to job requirement including
volume, mass and centre of gravity


6.  Present 3D surface model to client

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Prepare a range of written and visual support materials to
contribute to final presentation
6.2 Present model and explain concepts for work to
clients/colleagues including rationale for any changes
6.3 Respond to feedback and make changes as required

Learning Outcomes

The application of this unit in the workplace sees an individual designer using computer aided design systems to create 3D surface models in response to a brief and presenting the model to the client. This work would usually be carried out independently although guidance would be available if required.

Details of Learning Activities

Activities will consist in lecture sessions, tutorials, and practical sessions through prescribed exercises and assessment work.

The use of “real world” examples will facilitate the understanding of the theoretical concepts and students will be encouraged to use lateral thinking

Competency Based Assessment
Students will be provided with more than one opportunity to demonstrate competence. Competency based assessment is detailed below in “Assessment methods” and “Assessment Tasks”.

Teaching Schedule

Your teaching schedule is outlined in detailed in your course myRMIT site.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit will be able to realise the outcomes described in the Elements
to the required level detailed in the Performance Criteria.

The ability to create 3D surface models using computeraided design systems in response to a brief using advanced skills and high-end application and which:
• demonstrates a command of advanced skills to create surface models
• demonstrates a command of using high-end technology
• demonstrates a sound knowledge of brief interpretation
• demonstrates problem solving skills
• demonstrates communication and presentation skills
The essential knowledge and skills must be assessed as part of the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Students will demonstrate competence by completing a series of practical projects to be submitted by the prescribed deadlines. All project work is to be documented through notes and drawings which may consist of: notes from lectures and tutorials, models, mockups, visual presentations, and research conducted relevant to the project. Ongoing verbal feedback will be provided to students as the projects progress. Written assessment and feedback will be given to the student when work is returned. Late work will not be accepted.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.  A detailed assessment matrix is located at your course myRMIT site

Other Information

Assignments will relate to real world examples with attention given to time pressures and client requirements.

Elements will be covered in in class work as well as through assignments. Assignment details will be delivered during class lectures/tutorials.

In addition to class and workshop activity, students must be prepared to allocate up to an additional three hours per week for homework and study.

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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:

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