Courses & Units

Engineering Design and Communication JEE113



This course is designed to give students an overview of engineering design, creativity, visualisation, expression and technical communication using oral and written skills. It provides an introduction to graphical communication using manual sketching and computer-aided drafting. Topics include problem formulation, development of connectional design solutions, basic CAD skills, mechanical drawing to Australian standards and 3D representation. Assessment is by project work, individual and team design assignments and tutorials. Design and Computer Aided Drafting is taught in year one of a four year program. It is the foundation for the advanced courses in engineering analysis and design in the subsequent years and later professional life.


Unit name Engineering Design and Communication
Unit code JEE113
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics

Dr Thomas Mitchell Ferguson

Teaching staff

Dr Thomas Mitchell Ferguson

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1 Use basic approaches to simple design tasks involving design considerations, constraints, process and management and apply the design approach to a particular design problem.

ILO 2 Use manual sketching and CAD as a means of expressing and communicating an engineering design to AS1100 standards.

ILO 3 Function effectively individually and in teams while developing creativity, problem solving, communication, reflective practice and decision-making techniques.

ILO 4 Demonstrate an effective, professional level of technical communication and support collaborative peer group learning. ILO 5 Describe the importance of ethics and safety in engineering design, and embed these issues into the design processes.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,826.00 020115

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Newnham Campus: 2 Hour Lecture Weekly, 2 Hour Lab Workshop, Build Studio as required.

Cradle Coast Campus: Lectures will be delivered offline, with weekly on-campus tutorials.

Cradle Coast Campus Students:  We strongly recommend to all students (in particular Cradle Coast campus students) that to get the best outcome of the unit, you should physically attend the lectures in the Newnham (Launceston) campus.  However, all lectures are recorded and will be made available on MyLO (subject to availability).  For missed recordings due to external factors beyond the lecturer's control, all reasonable efforts will be made to rectify the situation arising from this.


Team Contract (15%), CAD Portfolio (20%), Engineering Notebook (15%) and Design Challenge (50%)

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