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MEC2304 Solid Modelling

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Solid Modelling
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030701 - Mechanical Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Khalid Saleh

Other requisites

Recommended prior study: ENG1100


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.


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

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

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Boundy, AW 2012, Engineering Drawing, 8th edn, McGraw Hill, North Ryde, NSW.
Parametric feature-based solid modelling software (prior to the start of the semester the Examiner will inform you on the software to use and from where it can be obtained or accessed). The course materials will prescribe the software that is recommended to be used. Access to this software is facilitated through download or DVD, depending on availability. This software is generally free. Access to the internet for licencing is necessary. The computing capability needs to be sufficient to run high-level graphics and comply with the specifications described on the USQ site, search for ‘Hardware and Software’. The use of alternative software will require compliance with specifications in the assessments and approval of the examiner. Training in the use of alternative software will be the responsibility of the student.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 100.00
Lectures 8.00
Private Study 8.00
Tutorials 39.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 250 25 29 Aug 2019 2,3
ASSIGNMENT 2 750 75 21 Oct 2019 1,2,3,4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course and obtain at least 40% of the available marks for Assignment 1.

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

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at