Module Title:CAD and IT
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Practicals Private study
Module Aim: The aims of the module are to; (1) Teach the students how to produce construction drawings using computer software (2) To introduce students to information and communication technology (3) To develop and improve written communication.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 produce considered drawings from given studio briefs.
LO2 to create, edit and print a variety of technical drawings using a CAD system
LO3 to describe the main features of a computer system and the use of computer software as engineering and communication tools and to communicate effectively in a modern technical environment
LO4 to create, edit and print a variety of word processing, database and spreadsheet documents and to prepare a PowerPoint slide presentation & to search the Internet and extract relevant data.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
(1) Computer Aided Drafting (20 hours lectures, 40 hours practicals)
(a) Introduction to basic CAD concepts using AutoCAD. (b) Basic editing and drawing commands. (c) Enhancing CAD drawings with text, symbols and blocks. (d) Transferring data using the Design Centre. (e) Using Paper Space to print a variety of drawing layouts. (f) Adding and editing dimensions with different dimensioning styles (g) Studio Projects  Students are given studio briefs and sketch designs and are required to produce considered drawings under the direction of a studio master.  Plan, Section and Elevation of small single storey domestic dwelling.  Section through foundations, external wall and roof.  Plan, Section and Elevations of 2 Storey house.
(5) Communication Skills (8 hours lectures, 12 hours practicals)
(a) Elements of communication. (b) Oral communication (interviews, meetings, verbal reporting). (c) Written communication (letters, memos, reports and graphical presentations)
(6) Computers (2 hours lectures, 2 hours practicals)
(a) Overview of the main components in a computer system. (b) Understanding a computer specification.
(7) Document Production (8 hours lectures, 22 hours practicals)
(a) Introduction to word processing, spreadsheet and database concepts and slide presentation using Microsoft Applications. (b) Creation of tables and charts with simple function control. (c) Importing graphics, digital data and clip art into Microsoft applications.
(8) The Internet (2 hours lectures, 4 hours practicals)
(a) The World Wide Web, URLs, Links and Web browsers. (b) Finding information on the Web. Email and Referencing
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment15.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other No Description 1,2,3,4 15.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,2,3,4 50.00 Sem 1 End
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation No Description 1,2,3,4 35.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.33
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 2.67
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Total Hours 165.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_CMQSU_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying 1 Mandatory
CW_CMBSE_D Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with Buildings Services 1 Mandatory