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Unit Overview


This unit exposes students to a range of digital visualisation techniques and familiarises students with the technological practice of drawing in the field of design.

It develops visual literacy and is a broad introduction to tools, techniques and media involved in the creation and communication of design ideas.

Core competencies for visualising project work are developed through weekly drawing exercises in software intensive labs, while lectures provide a broader critical framework around contemporary and historical drawing practices.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand the evolution of techniques of visualisation including fundamental strategies, methods and developments of and in the visual expression of design ideas; (2) demonstrate familiarity with visualisation terminology, a range of visualisation conventions and graphic languages; (3) communicate design ideas visually through multiple media; and (4) communicate and present design concepts in a clear, engaging and expressive manner.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) major assignment 1; (2) major assignment 2; and (3) in-class continuous assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Jennie Officer
Unit rules
IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Contact hours
lectures: 1 x 45-minutes face-to-face per week and 1 x 45-minutes online per week

workshops: 2 hours per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.