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MEC2304 Solid Modelling

Semester 2, 2023 Online
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Course Coordinator: Khalid Saleh


Many graduates from engineering programs find employment in design areas where solid modelling software is used for design purposes and to produce working drawings. It is therefore appropriate for students to be instructed not only in the use of solid modelling software but also those modelling techniques that best facilitate design and preparation of subsequent working drawings.

This course will provide opportunities for students to develop skills in the use of feature based, parametric solid modelling. The course also develops the student's skills and confidence in those techniques and principles deemed to be essential for solid modelling. Furthermore, it aims to develop their awareness of the importance of modelling as a design, drafting, communications and manufacturing tool.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. construct any given geometrical shape, conic section and develop any surface;
  2. understand general solid modelling techniques employed in design and manufacture;
  3. demonstrate proficiency in developing a solid model for an engineering product or device using a 'feature based' CAD system;
  4. produce engineering assembly drawings and working detail drawings for an engineered product or device from a CAD solid model;
  5. propose a solution to a given engineering problem which requires the production of a solid model and subsequent working drawings.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Geometric constructions and developments 10.00
2. Features of mechanical components 10.00
3. Principles of feature based, parametric solid modelling 40.00
4. Assembly drawings 15.00
5. Detail drawings 15.00
6. Manufacturer's reference materials 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Boundy, AW 2012, Engineering Drawing, 8th edn, McGraw Hill, North Ryde, NSW.
Creo Parametric feature-based solid modelling software is required to complete this course. Access to this software will be facilitated through download or DVD, depending on availability. This software is free. Access to the internet for licencing is necessary. The computing capability required to run this software includes the ability to run high-level graphics and comply with the specifications described on the UniSQ site, search for ‘Hardware and Software'.
PTC CREO n.d., CREO Parametric for Students, viewed January 2020,

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Design Design 1 No 10 2
Assignments Design Design 2 No 20 2,3
Assignments Design Design 3 No 40 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Design Design 4 No 30 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 24 September 2023