Product Communication

DPD10002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 48 Hours per Semester

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to introduce fundamental drawing and rendering skills to facilitate the development and presentation of design ideas. A range of visualisation skills particularly suited to concept generation and refinement stages of the design process will be explored  covering perspective drawing, freehand sketching, orthographic drawing, quick rendering techniques, exploded views and drawing techniques for constructing complex forms. Media used will include colored pencils, fineliners, markers and templates.
The unit also aims to introduce basic drafting conventions and product detailing used to specify the manufacture and assembly of products.  Skills in 3D CAD modelling will enable the generation of 2D engineering drawings of product  components and fully assembled products in accordance with AS 1100.  Students will be introduced to basic 3D modelling and the role and importance of CAD software in design development, product detailing and engineering processes.
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
  • Construct and communicate design intent through orthographic projection and its variations using appropriate protocols
  • Create accurate freehand drawings of various objects and products in perspective, orthographic projection, technical layout and exploded perspective
  • Create freehand line drawings that accurately depict colour, shape and form
  • Create 2D and 3D renderings, demonstrating use of highlight, shadows, hues and colour saturation to depict form, predominantly through marker and pastel application
  • Use the principles of basic engineering drawing conventions in accordance with AS1100
  • Create fully dimensioned sectional and assembly technical drawings of a product component
  • Understand CAD conventions to competently generate 2D CAD outputs
  • Interpret existing CAD data
  • Create a basic solid model (3D CAD)


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