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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Graphics 4 - Applied Geometry
Module Code GP08004
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 the completion of a repeat assignment and a repeat exam.

Building on the Advanced Geometry module, in this module students will refine their mastery of manual draughting and engage with applied geometry reflective of and beyond the leaving certificate curriculum. Through practical lab sessions, students will engage in advanced level geometric problems, and engage with conceptual design briefs where the emphasis is on the application of geometric concepts and principles in both the design and communication of ideas. Through this module students will gain a significant understanding of the importance of conceptual understanding and the transferability of principles in geometric problem solving, and of the applicability of geometric principles to design activities. This module will be delivered through a synthesis of lectures, geometric problem-solving labs, and CAD labs. In lectures, students initiate their explorations of applied geometric topics, with a focus on pedagogical considerations. They will also engage with pertinent literature concerning design assessment. Geometric problem-solving labs will see students engaging with problem sets aligning with the principles found within Senior Cycle applied graphics, during which time much of the discourse will be on the transferability of graphical principles. CAD labs will focus on the use of CAD as a pedagogical tool, where students both gain in CAD competency and conceptual understanding of geometric properties. Students across all modes of delivery will discuss thematic design briefs and pertinent graphical solutions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify how core geometry principles transfer to applied areas of study in graphics
2. Generate detailed solutions to dynamic mechanisms, structural form, geologic geometry, surface geometry and assembly problems.
3. Consider the application and engineering principles of the associated applied geometries in relation to their realisation and specific functions.
4. Appreciate the role of parametric CAD as a pedagogical tool and a problem solving tool within graphics
5. Design pedagogical resources associated with core and applied geometric principles
6. Consider and determine appropriate pedagogical strategies for the teaching of Senior Cycle graphics
7. Create a thematic design brief which aligns with the philosophy of design within Senior Cycle graphics, and generate an appropriate CAD solution and design brief in alignment with third level standards

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory48Practical in Drawing Studio
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

Pedagogical implications:
Planning for teaching and learning in graphics, problem types (well-defined, ill- defined, open-ended, closed, ended), competency assessment of graphical understanding, knowledge transfer (vertical and lateral transfer).

Dynamic mechanisms:
Loci, linkages, cam profiles and displacement diagrams, cycloids and trochoids, involute and epicycloidal gear profiles.

Structural forms:
Singly and doubly ruled surfaces, hyperbolic paraboloid, plane directions, hyperboloid of revolution

Geologic geometry:
Contours, skew boreholes, dip, strike, thickness, outcrops, cutting and embankment of sections

Exploded and assembly drawings, drawing layout and conventions, sectional views, advanced geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, dimensioning symbols

Surface geometry:
Roof geometry, dihedral angles, ductwork and transition piece developments

Applied design, thematic design briefs, teaching, learning and assessment of design, CAD as a pedagogical tool, design and parametric modelling.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentPortfolio of solutions to authentic problems using applied geometry30%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, G., Wiebe, E., Hartman, N. and Ross, W. (2008): 0, Technical Graphics Communication. London: McGraw-Hill Education.,
  • Lombard, M. (2019).: 0, Mastering SolidWorks. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley & Sons.,
  • Ormrod, J. (2014).: 0, Human learning (7th Ed). New Jersey: Pearson.,
  • Morling, K. & Danjou, S.: 2022, Geometric and Engineering Drawing. (4th ed.)., Routledge.,
  • Narayana, K.L., Kannaiah, P. & Venkata Reddy, K.: 2009, Machine Drawing., New Age International.,
  • Venkata Reddy, K.: 2008, Textbook of engineering drawing., BS Publications,
Other Resources

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