Courses & Units

Computer Aided Design (CAD) ZAT122

This unit will be offered subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A decision to continue or cancel the offering will be made no less than one week before classes are due to start. 

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In this unit, you will be introduced to basic features of the design toolsets used in digital fabrication. Weekly online modules and challenges will assist you in developing the underpinning technical skills required to become proficient in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) modelling. These skills include: - File management - 2D sketching - 3D modelling - Sheet metal part construction - Using assemblies, constraints and joints - Developing drawings and presentations For your assessment tasks, you will use these skills to solve a user specific design problem. To achieve this, you will follow the design thinking process to design a product/component that effectively meets the end users specific requirements, reflecting on how your solution meets their objectives. You will then use the presentation facilities within the CAD software program to share your solution. This unit also introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs. You will be introduced to: - a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice - principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios - reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations - ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.


Unit name Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Unit code ZAT122
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Applied Design, Science and Technology
Coordinator Mr Mark Shelton
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply design thinking methods and practices to progress a design idea in response to problems and requirements
  • Conduct and design engineering drawings using basic features of digital toolsets
  • Develop presentations using digital toolsets and digital literacies
  • Reflect on effectiveness of the CAD design process to generate a plan for self-development
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
030100 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is taught in blended mode with weekly recorded content and fortnightly live support sessions. There are no face-to-face requirements for this unit.

AssessmentAT1: Weekly design tasks (30%)|AT2: CAD Model (30%)|AT3: CAD Presentation (40%)
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