USQ LogoCourse specification
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at //
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

MEA2005 2D and 3D Modelling

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts

Contents on this page


Examiner: Leonie Jones
Moderator: Stuart Thorp


This course will introduce students to the world of designing, building and editing objects in a 3D environment.


Students will develop an understanding of the terminology and techniques used in creating objects and characters within a 3D animated world. Topics include the use of polygonal, NURBS modelling, texturing and lighting.


On completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. object placement in a 2 & 3D environment;
  2. a practical understanding in building polygonal surfaces;
  3. an understanding of NURBS and Subdivision modelling tools and techniques;
  4. a practical understanding of polygon texturing;
  5. a practical understanding of lighting techniques used in a 3D environment;
  6. communication skills appropriate to the profession by submitting a portfolio of exercises.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Polygonal Modelling 20.00
2. NURBS Modelling 20.00
3. Subdivision Modelling 20.00
4. Polygonal Texturing 20.00
5. Lighting 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • For this course, students are required to purchase an External 7200 rpm Hard Drive with Firewire. This hardware will be necessary for use over the duration of the three years of the degree course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • A current reference list will be supplied by the Lecturer.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 50.00
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 76.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
PROJ 1: PORTFOLIO OF EXERCISES 100 30 01 Apr 2011 (see note 1)
PROJ 2: PORTFOLIO OF EXERCISES 100 30 13 May 2011 (see note 2)
PROJ 3: PORTFOLIO OF EXERCISES 100 40 10 Jun 2011 All U4 2 (see note 3)

  1. Students will be advised of the assessment due dates during the first week of classes for this course. This assessment item is aligned with Objectives 1 and 2.
  2. This assessment item is aligned with Objectives 1, 3 and 4.
  3. This assessment item is aligned with Objectives 1-6.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. For this course, normal class attendance consists of one 4 hour combined lecture/tutorial per week.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no exam for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Given the details under (6) above, there are no deferred exams for this course. However, if any deferred/makeup work is granted, it would have to be submitted by a date set by the examiner.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be lodged in the Faculty Assessment Centre on the Ground Floor of Q Block on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (d). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (e) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. If assignments in the course require the use of surveys, interviews, etc., students should be aware of the University and Faculty of Arts ethical requirements/guidelines. (The course syllabus distributed to students in the first week of teaching provides this information.)

Other requirements

  1. Students are strongly advised to attend a minimum of 80% of the tutorial classes in order to receive the necessary hardware and software training to meet the objectives 1, 2 and 4. Also, attendance is necessary to facilitate the development of the student's projects and objective 3.