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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Building on the Advanced Geometry module, in this module students will 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.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify how core geometry principles transfer to applied areas of study in graphics
2. Consider and determine appropriate pedagogical strategies for the teaching of Senior Cycle graphics
3. Illustrate the movement of dynamic mechanisms including linkages, cams and gears
4. Plot the loci of cycloids and trochoids
5. Illustrate the derivation of involute and epicycloidal gear teeth
6. Differentiate between singly and doubly ruled surfaces
7. Generate doubly ruled surfaces using plane directors and present this orthogonally
8. Illustrate geologic sections (cuttings, embankments, and outcrops)
9. Determine the dip, strike and thickness or strata based on core concepts associated with skew lines
10. Generate detailed assembly drawing in accordance with appropriate standards and conventions
11. Determine the surface developments of surface geometries with consideration for manufacture
12. Transfer learning of plane geometry to roof geometry problems
13. Appreciate the role of parametric CAD as a pedagogical tool and a problem solving tool within graphics
14. Design pedagogical resources associated with core and applied geometric principles
15. 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 Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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.,
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