SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K221192
Module Leader Duncan McCormick
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Design & Regulation 1 M2K221185 or equivalent level.

Summary of Content

This module is designed to develop the student's CAD skills from Design & Regulation 1 M2K203082 or equivalent level , in computer aided draughting, modelling, rendering, using various software including AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, ArchiCAD, Autodesk, VIZ, Ecotect, Photoshop. This module will include: Development of 2D draughting skills Development of principles relating to presentation skills Model/paper space inc viewport /differential scaling Attribute definition and extraction / Layers / Raster images Manipulation of User Co-ordinate system (UCS) Import and export of geometry Use of materials libraries and mapping Renders and shades Hyperlinks Use of Internet in relation to Cad research skills


CAD standards and procedures 2D draughting, text, dimensioning, attributes definition, etc Use of model and paper space, and layouts Use of Design Content; creating doors, walls, stairs, windows, grids, etc. Working with sections AEC cameras and perspective views Rendering within CAD packages using materials and lighting Importing geometry to specialsied rendering packages. Using aspects of Autodesk VIZ, such as materials, mapping, renders, lighting, etc. Create hyperlinks Use the internet as a research tool, introduction to search engines and other useful sites, etc.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:Create 2 D detail drawings using model/paper space (layouts) dimension and text styles, blocks, layer conventions, and attributes (A1, B2, C6)Show an understanding of typical CAD standards and procedures (C1, C2, C3)Import and export geometry to/from software packages (B1)Produce rendered images using appropriate software packages (C2, C3)Publish AutoCAD drawings to the internet (C2, C3)Create hyperlinks between different documents, drawings, etc (C2, C3)Use internet as a research tool (B2)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A limited series of lectures will provide the basic theoretical concepts, which will be complemented by tutorials, seminars and student presentations. The major learning strategy will be based on working within the CAD lab solving a variety of CAD related problems, some prescribed by the tutorial team and others defined by individual students or groups. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module

Indicative Reading

Anon (1999) AutoCAd Architectural Desktop Release 2 - User's Guide, Albany, NY, Autodesk Press Anon (2000) AutoCAD 2000i - User's Guide, Albany, NY, Auotdesk Press Jefferis, A (2000) AutoCAD 2000 for Architecture, Albany, NY, AutoDesk Press Matthews, B (1999) AutoCAD 2000 3D: f/x and Design, Scottsdale, Arizona, Coriolis Group Books McFarlane R (2000) AutoCAD 2000 with Rendering, Oxford, Butterworh-Heinemann McFarlane R (2000) Beginning AutoCAD2000, London, Arnold Omura G (1996) Mastering AutoCAD 3D San Francisco, Sybex Porter, T (1997) The Architect's Eye: Visualiszation and depiction of space in architecture, Lonodn E& FN Spon Rooney, J And Steadman P (ed) (1997) Principles of Computer Aided Design, London, UCL Press/Open University Szalapaj, P (2001) CAD Principles for Architectural Design, Oxford, Architectural Press Wyatt, W (2001) Accessing AuotCAD Architectural Desktop, release 2, Albany, NY, AutoDesk Press

Transferrable Skills

Students should be able to demonstrate effective use of IT and graphical communication (D13, D14) Independent wokring (D4, D6, D7, D8, D9) Development of problem solving and application of knowledge of same (D1, D2, D3, D10)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Tutorials (FT) 60.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Coursework 1 - Final submission of projects