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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PDES1145 Visualisation Techniques

10 creditsClass Size: 54

Module manager: Mr Dan Trowsdale

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

PDES 1120 Architectural Studies

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Use a variety of sketching and visualisation tools and materials such as pencils, marker pens, paper types.
2. Appropriately apply perspective, shading and line drawing techniques in sketches and drawings to communicate form.
3. Apply theories of graphical communication and design to determine the most appropriate visualization techniques to use in particular circumstances.
4. Visualise ideas and concepts clearly and quickly using line drawings and sketches.
5. Visualise designs with component detail using line drawings and shading.
6. Use software such as illustrator and photoshop to enhance hand drawn sketches.

Learning outcomes
Recognise one point, two point and three point perspective.
Know techniques to support continuous improvement in sketching skills to improve quality, clarity, and fluency of sketches.
Know where to find online resources for further study and improvement of sketching techniques.
Know when use the most appropriate visualisation technique when communicating ideas, concepts and designs to different audiences at different stages of the design process.

Engineering Council learning outcomes

D6 Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences
P2i Understanding of and ability to use relevant materials, equipment, tools, processes, or products
G1 Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities

Skills outcomes
Visualisation techniques for product design projects.


The module will be delivered through a series of drawing workshops to explain a variety of 2D sketching techniques for use in communicating ideas, concepts and three dimensional objects.
The syllabus will include: perspective rules, use of light and dark for shading, line drawing techniques to communicate form, selection ansd use of appropriate drawing styles for different audiences, use of appropriate levels of ambiguity and design definition for different stages of the design process, sketching for divergent and convergent thinking, visual illusions and visual perception, computational shape systems.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Independent online learning hours19.00
Private study hours54.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

5 hours per week for 10 weeks for private study between lectures.
4 hours private study practicing and revising techniques for the class test.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week.
Weekly student feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentClass test50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Coursework - Sketchbook Resit Class test

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:55:00


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