OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Focuses on the use of computer technologyfor communication, design and production in industry. A particular focus is on students developing more advanced knowledge of, and skills and techniques for, computer aided design using both CAD and other specified graphics applications. Students will apply design principles and processes to meet intended design briefs that a common to technology classrooms.

Unit content


The content  has been organised into two specific modules based on their purpose, and cover the content and pedagogical approaches used to teach the content.

Module 1 — Communicating graphically using freehand sketching, with instruments and digitally

  • Overview of graphical communication in a range of industries and settings
  • Graphics standards and conventions
  • Freehand and technical drawing techniques
  • Design and management of graphical solutions in both 2D and 3D 
  • Focus on the use of graphics for applications such as
    • Social. cultural messages
    • Logo development
    • Pictorial representation
    • Engineering Drawing
    • Computer animation

Module 2 — Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)

  • Overview of CAD and software, including contemporary technologies such as CAM
  • The role of CAD and other graphics applications in supporting industries
  • Designing and drawing in CAD to meet design briefs
  • Australian Standards, conventions and building codes
  • Multiple views and layers in presenting detail in drawings
  • Dimensioning and production drawings for manufacturing
  • CAD file formats for computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Focus study of CAD use in selected industry/ies such as:
    • Architectural Drawing
    • Cabinet and Furniture Drawing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (3 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (10 weeks)
Design drawing task40%
Portfolio of drawings60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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