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MECH6008 - Introductory CAD

Title:Introductory CAD
Long Title:Introductory CAD
Module Code:MECH6008
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 15 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: NIALL MORRIS
Module Description: This module introduces the learner to industry standards used in Engineering Drawing. Drawings are produced following technical drawing procedures. Industry specific AutoCAD software is used.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Convey engineering requirements graphically.
LO2 Utilise international drawing standards.
LO3 Produce engineering drawings following technical drawing procedures.
LO4 Use industry specific CAD software.
LO5 Use Microsoft Windows to manage CAD file storage and retrieval.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Drawing Standards
Relevant drawing standards, drawing conventions, line types, line thicknesses.
AutoCAD software
AutoCAD commands such as draw, modify, zoom, format, dimension, layers. AutoCAD help command.
File Management
Storage of software files on the institute's student network. Generate sub-folders. Naming convention for files. Retrieval of backup drawings.
Templates and Plotting
Generate and use drawing templates for A2, A3 and A4 sized sheets. Use of Layout and Paper Space. AutoCAD plot options.
Orthographic Projection
Drawing in first and third angle projections. Sectional views. Dimensioning.
Assembly Drawings
Parts drawings, parts lists, fabrication information. Assembly drawings of parts.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Drawing Assessment - Basic CAD skills, drawing standards, file management. 2,4,5 10.0 Week 4
Practical/Skills Evaluation Drawing Assessment - Orthographic drawing. 1,2,3,4,5 20.0 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation Drawing Assessment - measurement and sketching exercise transfered to CAD.. 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 10
Practical/Skills Evaluation Drawing Assessment - Assembly drawing. 1,2,3,4,5 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture CAD Lab 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Directed learning 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Colin H. Simmons, Neil Phelps, the late Dennis E. Maguire. 2012, Manual of engineering drawing, 4th Ed., Amsterdam; Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann Oxford [ISBN: 9780080966526]
  • Alf Yarwood, Introduction to AutoCAD 2005, Amsterdam ; Elsevier/Newnes, 2005. [ISBN: 0750667214]
  • Eanna O Broin, Technical Draughtsmanship, 2nd Ed Ed., Gill & Macmillan Ltd [ISBN: 0717116522]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • BSI 2013, BS 8888 (Online at CIT Library Databases)
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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CR_EBSEN_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_EMANF_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_EMECH_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_TTMGT_7 Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology and Management 1 Mandatory
CR_ECTMS_7 Bachelor of Science in Craft Technology - Mechanical Services 1 Mandatory
CR_EENTE_6 Certificate in Engineering Technology 1 Mandatory
CR_EEQMF_6 Certificate in Equipment Maintenance Fundamentals 1 Elective
CR_EMSTE_6 Certificate in Mechanical Services Technology 1 Mandatory
CR_TTMAT_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Automotive Technology and Management 1 Mandatory
CR_EBIME_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_EBSEN_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Building Services Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_EMECH_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_EMECN_7 Parttime - Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Group Elective 1

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