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Unit Overview


Students are introduced to the use of drawings in engineering. Students will engage in practical classes learning freehand sketching and basic engineering drawing. Additional classes will teach Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). Students will also learn about different types of engineering plans and drawings from a range of engineering disciplines, including PNIDs, electrical circuit diagrams, HVAC diagrams, etc. Students will become familiar with the conventions and standards used in different areas, and will be required to interpret different types of drawings.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering major sequences

Students are able to (1) use sketching and hand-drawing as a tool for visualisation and communication; (2) prepare 2D and 3D representations of typical engineering objects; (3) explain the purpose of engineering drawing in the design and manufacture process; (4) produce appropriately-dimensioned drawings using the standards and conventions of engineering drawing; (5) interpret a variety of engineering drawings and diagrams from different engineering contexts; and (6) demonstrate proficiency in the use of Computer-aided drawing software.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) sketching portfolio; (2) in-class drawing and CAD exercises; and (3) in-class tests. 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)
Dr Angus Tavner
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Contact hours
lectures: 1 per week, practical workshop classes: 2 hours per week, CAD classes: 2 hours per week
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  • 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.