University of the West of Scotland

Module Descriptor

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 18/08/2022 15:49:59

Title of Module: Visualisation Techniques

Code: ENGG09025 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Parag  Vichare

Summary of Module

Computer based visualisation techniques are playing an ever-increasing role in the engineering and design environment. From conceptual artwork and illustration through to photorealistic rendering and animation, these technologies are now considered as critical components to any competitive design strategy. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming an inseparable aspect of this design strategy, especially in construction and architectural management. BIM visualisation techniques are exceeding used in construction projects order to visualise contextual information associated with large-scale CAD models. This module will introduce students to visualisation techniques and BIM methodologies currently used within the engineering and construction sectors, focussing strongly on the application of these methodologies for collaborative design projects.

Subject matter will be delivered mainly by an innovative programme of laboratory demonstrations, were the practical nature of the module will be emphasised and students will gain experience in using state of the art visualisation and BIM tools such as 3D Studio Max and Revit. A complementary series of lectures and presentations will also be used to reinforce the subject matter. This module will be assessed by means of two coursework submissions at the end of the semester.

  • We have defined a set of Graduate Attributes that are the skills, personal qualities and understanding to be developed through your university experience that will prepare for life and work in the 21st century ( The Graduate Attributes relevant to this module are.

  • - Academic: critical thinker; analytical; inquiring; knowledgeable; digitally literate; problem solver; autonomous; incisive; innovative

  • - Personal: effective communicator; influential; motivated

  • - Professional: collaborative; research-minded; enterprising; ambitious; driven

  • This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. For example, module will be delivered mainly by an innovative laboratory demonstrations, recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time and the use of real-world practical problems, industry standard Computer Aided visualisation activities developing digital intelligence meta-skills.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. To be able to capture visualisation intent with model preparation and storyboard creation

L2. Plan, and employ computer aided design and graphics techniques for modelling and production of simplified animations as well as high resolution renderings suitable for production processing

L3. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles, terminology and use of BIM for visualising contextual information behind CAD models

L4. To be able to use and plan BIM models for Engineering/Architecture/Construction projects.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Knowledge and understanding of computer aided design methods and techniques associated with the production of simulations and visualisations in design and engineering environments.

Specific knowledge and understanding of the application and practices associated with BIM and visualisation methods and the specific tools associated with the communication of engineering and design Information.

Knowledge of the appropriateness of methods and techniques to different data (CAD geometry and contextual information) visualisation scenarios.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Appling knowledge and understanding to develop modelling strategies for a wide range of engineering and design Information, using visualisation and BIM software.

Assessing different strategies with respect to obtaining appropriate efficient solutions to engineering and design visualisation and BIM scenarios.

Making use of specialised computer aided design and BIM techniques to simulate engineering and design problems and produce communication media such as reports, renderings, illustrations and animations.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertaking and assessing complex definitions and requirements. Making judgements on appropriateness of solution methods and strategies for visualisations and BIM implementation for large-scale Computer aided Design projects.

Perform at a conceptual level when planning and designing.

Bringing information together from a variety of sources during problem solving.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Ability to perform, interpret and evaluate numerical, geometrical and graphical data to create simulations and solve engineering and design problems.

Using communications skills to write technical reports, including text and illustration and making use of appropriate 3D methods to produce visualisation media.

Using computer aided design hardware and software and associated ICT equipment such as networks to support and perform a wide range of visualisation and simulation tasks.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Identifying and addressing their own learning needs both during and out with class time.

Identifying solution routes and strategies using their own initiative.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Computer Aided Design CAD
Other:or equivalent
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module include lectures, tutorials and problem based learning.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity0
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

3D studio max (latest version) + 40 seats PC lab.
BIM/CAD package
Graphics package Corel X3 suite (or Adobe photoshopCS3) + 40 seats PC lab.

Corresponding network facilities and suitable PCs. Software site licences required.
Operational multi-node Render Farm (spec supplied on request).

Course notes, presentations and case studies will be provided.

Text Latest Additions of, or equivalent.
3ds Max Bible, Kelly L. Murdock John Wiley & Sons; Pap/DVD ed. (2007) ISBN: 978-0470100899*

Rendering with Mental Ray and 3ds Max, Joep van der Steen, Focal Press; 1 ed. (2007) ISBN: 978-0240808932*

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorParag Vichare
External ExaminerF Inam
Accreditation DetailsContact School for current details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1 - written course work submission - 50% contribution. A minimum of 30% must be achieved for each course work or element of assessment.
Assessment 2 - written course work submission - 50% contribution. A minimum of 30% must be achieved for each course work or element of assessment.

A minimum of 40% is required to achieve a pass in this module
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for any student. The extensive use of computers is required.
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, students with additional support requirements, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups.

Students with additional support requirements would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)