Short Title:Engineering Graphics & Communications
Full Title:Engineering Graphics & Communications
Module Code:ENGR H1006
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Mechanics and metal work
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Description:This subject aims to introduce the student to engineering communication by the use of both conventional and engineering communication methods. The student will use oral, written and graphical methods for the communication of technical and other information
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Read and interpret engineering drawings both on paper and using CAD.
LO2 Apply conventions for the layout of engineering drawings.
LO3 Produce finished isometric and orthographic sketches.
LO4 Produce multi-view drawings for simple engineering components using CAD.
LO5 State conventions for the layout of orthographic drawings.
LO6 Demonstrate the use of typical personal computer applications (Word Processing and Presentation).
LO7 Employ a correct vocabulary, analyse written and graphical material for technical and non-technical reports.
LO8 Demonstrate skills for effective oral presentations; prepare a presentation on a topic and make a presentation to a group.
LO9 Use library resources to source text books and standards.
LO10 Develop a personal study plan including preparation for and sitting of exams and answering examination questions.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Drawing fundamentals
Orthographic sketching, Isometric sketching, line types, lettering, proportions and scale.
Orthographic drawing
3rd angle projection, Layout of views, use of construction geometry, line types, hidden detail.
Principles and ground rules, BS standard conventions, datum features, baseline continuous and aligned dimensions, dimensioning holes and radii.
CAD environment
CAD user environment: Menus, Toolbars, Prompts, Graphics region, Data entry (menus, keyboard, toolbars and mouse).
Geometric entities
Lines, circles, ellipses, arcs, polygons.
Output devices
Modifying geometric entities
Trimming, extending, scaling, copying, moving.
Coordinate systems
Absolute/relative, rectangular/polar.
Drawing aids
Snap, grid, ortho, coordinates, object snaps.
Layering conventions, hiding, freezing, layer attributes.
Drawing template
Defining, applying.
Entity attributes
Linetype, colour.
Written communication
Use of English in technical communications: lab reports, summaries of documents, emails and application letters. Use of a Word Processor application.
Presentation skills
Preparation and presentation of a topic of the student’s choice to a group of their peers with particular emphasis on timing, visual aids and presentation techniques. Use of a computer based Presentation Tool.
Library skills
Basic use of the library resources, database searches, data gathering exercise.
Study Skills
Organisation, past papers, how to approach different types of exam questions, planning study time, managing part time work commitments, study groups, getting organised for the actual exam.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Free hand sketching of orthographic views 1,2,3 5.00 Week 1
Other Engineering Graphic exercises on Lines, coordinate systems, modifying, orthographic projection, dimensioning, templates, layers 1,2,4,5 75.00 Every Week
Other Library skills (library search exercises using library databases and search systems) 9 5.00 Week 3
Other Written exercises:( model laboratory report, summary exercises, use of email, job application.) 6,7 5.00 Week 5
Other Presentation skills: (presentation preparation and delivery: visual aids, structure, timing, and technique) 6,8 5.00 Week 9
Other Study Skills exercises (organizational exercises done in class) 10 5.00 Week 10
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght 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
Practical In class exercises 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Simmons, Maguire, Phelps 2009, Manual of Engineering Drawing, 3rd ed. Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: 9780750689854]
  • Davies, Longman 1996, Communications for Engineering Students, 2nd Ed.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Croft et al. 1989, Engineering Graphics, Wiley
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

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