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ARCH11-113: Design Communication: NURBS Modelling May 2018 [Standard]

General information

This subject introduces students to the world of digital design and visualisation using the software platform Rhinoceros and graphic design using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign). Rhinoceros is a robust, yet lightweight and affordable software tool based on NURBS (non-uniform random b-spline) geometry. As such, highly complex and detailed configurations are able to be modelled with extreme accuracy. Rhinoceros is the core software platform to send output through the university’s CNC router, robotics lab, and 3d printing rapid prototyping equipment. Course instruction will be focused upon creating expertise with basic Rhino commands and general strategies to efficient and productive 3d visualisation. Output will include 2d prints of modelled elements, and 3d output via the Architecture Fabrication Research Laboratory (AFRL). Design Communications: NURBS Modelling will integrate with assignments undertaken in Architecture Design Studio 2 and History and Theory: Ancient to Enlightenment.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH11-113
Subject title:Design Communication: NURBS Modelling
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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Workload items:
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Studio 1


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency with Nurbs modelling (AIA Tertiary Education Policycategory 7.1 and 7.2).
  2. Ability to rapid prototype one's work using the laser cutter and 3d printer (AIA Tertiary Education Policycategory 7.1 and 7.2).
  3. Ability to use design software effectively for representation of architectural ideas (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 7.1 and 7.2).
  4. Ability to output 3d models into other software (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 7.1 and 7.2).
  5. Ability to use design software effectively for exploration of architectural space (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 7.1 and 7.2).
  6. Develop understanding of key presentation techniques and methods (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 7.1 and 7.2).
  7. Develop an awareness of significant precedents in the evolution of architecture as a discipline based in analog representation techniques to one that is digitally enhanced (AIA Tertiary Education Policycategory 3.2).


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Online Discussion Online Blog Entries 20% Ongoing 2, 4, 7.
Creative Piece Introductory 3d Modelling Exercise 20% Week 5 1, 2, 6, 7.
Creative Piece Modelling and Digital Fabrication Exercise 20% Week 8 1, 3, 4, 5, 7.
Creative Piece Final Presentation - Typography and Layout 40% Week 14* 1, 3, 5, 6, 7.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Introduction to Rhino interface and basics

An overview of curves and lines

An introduction to NURBS modelling

Overview of workflow and drawing management

Introduction to organic modelling

An overview of modelling reconstruction and reworking

Overview of converting Rhino models to Adobe Illustrator

The subject advances form general forms of modelling to specific Architectural modelling

Further development of Architectural modelling

General overview of Adobe InDesign

Introduction to typography & layout

In-class Q&A and help session

Approved on: Mar 18, 2017. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Dec 10, 2018.