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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Introduces knowledge and skills required to design, prepare and produce using metal technology. The mechanical and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals will be investigated, together with mining, refining and production processes. Develop skills and knowledge related to marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing, and industry-specific workplace communication skills.

Unit content

  1. Mechanical and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in various structural and non-structural forms 
  2. Modification of properties of a range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals 
  3. Mining, refining and production of a range of metals 
  4. Commonly used sections and shapes of metals 
  5. Selection of appropriate metal or metal products for use in a range of consumer, commercial and industrial contexts 
  6. Graphical communication techniques including engineering and workshop drawing, rendering and industry production drawing specification applicable in the production of metal projects 
  7. Industry specific workplace communication including literacy, numeracy and calculations 
  8. WHS issues in the metal workshop environment 
  9. Contemporary skills and methods used for a variety of metals in marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing 
  10. The use and maintenance of a range of appropriate tools and machinery used in the manufacture of metal products 
  11. Practical application of design principals through the design, manufacture, and presentation of metal products

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss mining, refining and production processes of a range of metals, including commonly used sections and shapes of metals
2 assess the mechanical, physical and modification of the properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in various structural and non-structural forms
3 select appropriate metal or metal products for use in a range of consumer, commercial and industrial contexts
4 demonstrate sound industry-specific workplace communication skills including literacy, numeracy and graphics communication techniques including engineering and workshop drawing, rendering and industry production drawing specification applicable in the production of metal projects
5 describe and demonstrate appropriate WHS and maintenance practices in the metal workshop environment
6 demonstrate broad foundational skills and methods used for a variety of metals in marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing
7 apply appropriate principles and techniques for the design and manufacture of a metal-based project including the development of time and finance plans.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss mining, refining and production processes of a range of metals, including commonly used sections and shapes of metals
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  2. assess the mechanical, physical and modification of the properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in various structural and non-structural forms
    • GA4:
  3. select appropriate metal or metal products for use in a range of consumer, commercial and industrial contexts
    • GA4:
  4. demonstrate sound industry-specific workplace communication skills including literacy, numeracy and graphics communication techniques including engineering and workshop drawing, rendering and industry production drawing specification applicable in the production of metal projects
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  5. describe and demonstrate appropriate WHS and maintenance practices in the metal workshop environment
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. demonstrate broad foundational skills and methods used for a variety of metals in marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  7. apply appropriate principles and techniques for the design and manufacture of a metal-based project including the development of time and finance plans.
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Abelson, BW & Pateman, AJ, 1989, Metalworking part one and two, 2nd edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.