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Undergraduate Course: Computer-Aided Design (ARCH08057)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce a range of fundamental skills and principles within architectural computer drawing to ensure students can use CAD software to develop spatial design projects and professional presentation competencies.
Course description This course involves weekly workshops during which time students will be taken through the various stages and tools within 2D and 3D CAD software for architectural spatial design drawing. Using weekly design exercises and supporting tasks, students will gain basic knowledge of these computer programmes with a focus on architectural drawing standards and spatial design. This course encourages development of 2D orthographic and, progressively, basic 3D spatial modelling skills. At the end of the course, students will demonstrate their skills using the selected programmes to support, draw and present a spatial design project in response to a given brief or case study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is Core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled.
Additional Costs Sketch book and printouts/general project printing (approx. £30).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  28
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 14, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, External Visit Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Digital portfolio containing:
Sketchbook blog detailing responses to weekly tasks and course work development.
Presentation standard drawings of final project produced using 2D and 3D CAD skills learnt.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

All three Learning Outcomes are assessed, and are equally weighted in the assessment, of all assessment components.
Feedback Formative feedback and Assessment:

Workshops and tutorials will include verbal feedback from peers and/or staff on a weekly basis.
Mid-semester, there will be a formative feedback point where students will submit a self-evaluation form, along with course work to date, and be given written formative feedback on this.

Summative Feedback and Assessment:

At the end of the course students will submit a final edited portfolio of work and a self-evaluation form, and be given written feedback and grades on their work submitted.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate through a reflective course blog engagement with the fundamental principles of 2D and 3D CAD skills learnt in each weekly workshop.
  2. Develop and document a design project through the application of taught CAD skills.
  3. Present finalised design drawings using 2D and 3D CAD to a professional standard.
Reading List
Cline, Lydia. Sketch-Up for Interior Design: 3D visualisations, designing and space planning. Wiley, 2014

John, Elys. CAS fundamentals for Architecture. Laurence King, 2013

Bryden, Douglas. CAD and Rapid Prototyping for Product Design. Laurence King, 2014

Mitton, M. Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models and Presentations Techniques. Wiley 2012

Fane, B. AutoCad for Dummies. Wiley 2016

Buxton, P. The Metric Handbook. Routledge, 2015
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Use of CAD
KeywordsCAD,sketch-up,computer skills
Course organiserMr Andrew Siddall
Course secretaryMr Brendan Sweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6329
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