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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Graphics 1 (Plane Geometry)
Module Code GP08001
School 79
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Charlotte Holland
Semester 2: Charlotte Holland
Autumn: Charlotte Holland
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Students will be afforded the opportunity to repeat the module through a repeat assignment and a repeat exam.

The module will develop a high level of manual draughting skills to address plane geometry to include basic geometric constructions, area conversion, and loci (as relevant to the Junior and Senior Cycle syllabi). The module will also utilise digital tools including vector format CAD to support knowledge acquisition and communication. Students will engage with technological contexts and problems used to develop graphical communication, mathematical literacy, efficiency and proof. This module will support the development of graphics as a technological language. This module will primarily be taught through a mix of drawing and CAD labs. In the drawing labs, students will focus on developing a conceptual understanding of plane geometric principles, and an emphasis will also be placed on manual draughting, freehand sketching as a problem-solving and communicative tool. Students will engage with draughting as a problem-solving tool in these labs. In the CAD labs, emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency with vector format CAD software. Students will consider CAD from a pedagogical perspective in terms of animation development and self-assessment based on solution confirmation. Lectures will focus on introducing students to the academic discourse and empirical evidence linked with graphical education, as well as on the graphical principles that are core to this module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain basic concepts of cognitive and educational psychology that are empirically associated with Graphics (spatial ability, reasoning, working memory, fluid and crystallised intelligence) and describe conceptually how they are related to each other.
2. Understand the derivation and application of basic geometric constructions associated with plane geometry.
3. Generate and transform complex plane figures by means of translations, axial symmetry, central symmetry, rotations, and changes in area.
4. Appreciate the role of vector format CAD as a tool for graphical education in terms of both teaching and learning.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in manual draughting and the use of basic vector format CAD commands.
6. Create graphical representations of abstract and real world objects using a variety of freehand drawing and technical sketching principles.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial24Drawing Studio
Laboratory24Computer Laboratory
Independent Study77Independent Learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to cognition and graphics:
Spatial ability, reasoning and working memory, fluid intelligence, crystallised intelligence.

Plane geometry:
Basic geometric constructions and associated mathematical theorems, plane and diagonal scales, areas of figures – scale and mean proportional, loci – the circle, ellipse and parabola, transformation geometry – translations, axial symmetry, central symmetry, rotations.

Graphical communication:
Freehand drawing, sketching, shadow and shade, manual draughting, scale, proportion, golden section, root rectangles, Fibonacci sequence, interpretation and visualisation of data.

Vector format CAD (AutoCAD and draftsight), .wmf files, basic CAD commands (line, circle, rectangle, ellipse, polygon, offset, trim, fillet, chamfer, extend, mirror, rotate, scale, hatch, divide, join, text), line types, dimensioning and area calculation, ortho, snap, zoom.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioGraphical Portfolio : This will include the production of a graphical portfolio that will explore and demonstrate the principles of plane geometry. This portfolio will also include evidence of graphical capability and associated problem solving. Students will annotate their drawings with principles and rationales as they align with the objectives of the associated subject specifications and syllabi. This will in turn contribute towards the students Taisce portfolio.30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bertoline, R., (2009).: 0, Technical Graphics Communications. McGraw-Hill. ISBN PSU:000067114191,
  • Anderson, D.: 2014, Graphics in Design & Communication., Gill & Macmillan.,
  • Aarts, J. M.: 2008, Plane and Solid Geometry., Springer.,
  • Morling, K. & Danjou, S.: 2022, Geometric and Engineering Drawing. (4th ed.)., Routledge,
Other Resources

58991, Journal, 0, International Journal of Design and Technology Education, 58992, Journal, 0, Engineering Design Graphics Journal,
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