ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Landscape Architecture major sequence
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.