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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MIET7057C

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

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6114 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager: Bill Chau
Tel: 9925 4070


Amir Zokaei-Fard
Tel: 9925 4184

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.

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

Not Applicable

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in the:
- identifying and addressing drawing requirements
- identifying work flow and procedures for work supervision
- examining requirements for presentation of drawings
- identifying key features of CAD software
- accessing and setting up software for drawing work
- producing basic drawing elements
- printing drawing and identifying areas for improvement

The course will be using a number of means such as lectures, reading tasks, class work and assignments to achieve these objectives.
Lecture: The lectures are 100 minutes long- with two 10 minutes breaks in between- and take place once a week. We lecture mainly using Microsoft® PowerPoint slides, but enhance the material with some active learning exercises.
Readings: The readings will use the recommended textbooks and give an overview of the published literature in the field. Normally readings are assigned at the end of each lecture in preparation of the next lecture.
Assignment: The assignment will challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge from the lectures and improve the skills of candidates in the field of CAD drawing.

Teaching Schedule

Please note while your teacher will cover all materials in the schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and the availability of resources. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled on teaching hours.

Session No. Topic Remark
Week 1 Introduction to the course (Quiz 1)
Week 2 Lesson 1- Basic Drawing Functions
Week 3 Tutorial- Basic Drawing Functions
Week 4 Lesson 2- Basic Modifying Functions
Week 5 Tutorial- Basic Modifying Functions
Week 6 Assignment 1
Week 7 Lesson 3- Detailing Functions (Annotation)
Week 8 Tutorial- Detailing Functions (Annotation)
Week 9 Lesson 4- Organising a drawing-Creating layers
Week 10 Tutorial- Drawing, Annotation and organising a drawing
Week 11 Assignment 2
Week 12 Lesson 5- Isometric drawing
Week 13 Tutorial- Printing a drawing
Week 14 Assignment 3
Week 15 Review of Test (Quiz 2)
Week 16 Re-Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No text book is prescribed for this course, however, other related resources such as handouts, exercises, study guides, generated by the course lecturer and approved links to useful material on external web-sites will be provided on the RMIT Distributed Learning System (DLS).


1. Ward, Harry O & Orem, Nancy S, “AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009: Procedures and applications”, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009.
2. Dix, Mark & Riley, Paul, “Discovering AutoCAD 2009”, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009.

Other Resources

1. George Omura, “Introducing AutoCAD 2009 and AutoCAD LT 2009”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008.
2. George Omura, “Mastering AutoCAD 2009 and AutoCAD LT 2009”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009. (E book Library)
3. Zimmerman, Philip, J. “ Harnessing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009”, Delmar, New York, 2008.
4. Stellman, T. & Krishnan, G.V., “Introducing AutoCAD 2006”,2nd Edition, Autodesk, 2007.
5. Kirkpatrick, James M., “The AutoCAD Book; Drawing, Modeling, and Applications Using AutoCAD 2004”, Autodesk, 2004.
6. Grabowski, Ralph., “Using AutoCAD 2008 Basics”, Autodesk, 2008.
7. Kalameja, Alan, J.,”AutoCAD 2008 Tutor for Engineering Graphics”, Autodesk, 2008
8. Ramaekers, Henry, “AutoCAD 2006 Basic Skills”, Swinburne University Press, 2006.

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to use CAD software to produce graphics commonly used in drafting work.

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 section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Three assignments
2. Class works
3. Two Quizzes

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task                      Element                            Performance Criteria
Quiz 1 (5%)                                           1 and 2                              2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4

Assignment 1  (15%)                          1, 2, 3, 4 and 5                  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
                                                                                                           2.5, 2.6
                                                                                                  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
                                                                                                           4.1, 4.2
Assignment 2  (20%)                          1, 2, 3, 4 and 5                     1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
                                                                                                           2.5, 2.6
                                                                                                      3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
                                                                                                      4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6
Assignment 3 (40%)                             1 ,2 ,3, 4 and 5                     1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 
                                                                                                            2.5, 2.6
                                                                                                        3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
                                                                                                        4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6
                                                                                                          5.1,5.2,5.3, 5.4
Quiz 2 (5%)                                              1,2,4 and 5                          2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4
                                                                                                               5.3, 5.4

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