• Class Number 9454
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Roderick Bamford
    • Roderick Bamford
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

Digital technologies continue to radically transform the way we produce, experience and understand the built environment. The momentous impact of rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture has only just begun to unfold and the extent of change it will have on our lives remains unknown. The only certain thing is that in this time of massive change, digital literacy is an essential element of the designers’ toolkit.

Digital form and fabrication develops the knowledge and skills required to design, specify and manufacture objects with digital tools through the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems. The course takes a structured approach to build core competencies for independent and extended inquiry through both set briefs and independently negotiated projects. Emphasis is placed on establishing technical and creative fluency in the use of CAD. Students are supported to develop and apply critical understanding of the constraints of CAD and CAM approaches, ensuring effective application of digital tools to  design practice. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Apply Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to the design and specification of the built environment.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of operational constraints and appropriate use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems.
  3. Communicate reflective and critical approaches through design process.
  4. Evidence an awareness of historical, contemporary and future contexts for digital form and fabrication.

Additional Course Costs

ANU does not cover digital fabrication production costs necessary to fulfil coursework projects.

Students should budget for a minimum of $200 for materials and digital fabrication for this course.

A full list of supplies and resources for the course is available at  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_-G_oU3gAdOCmgFwOi1UpNNMB_xPSx8?usp=sharing

Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

Students will need access to their own computer and access to a digital fabrication bureau to complete course projects. 

The ANU Makerspace is a low cost self service bureau on Campus.

The computer needs capacity to run the software Autodesk Meshmixer, Fusion360 and McNeel Rhinoceros. Computer requirements can be found on the respective software websites via the "full list of supplies and resources" link above.

IMPORTANT: Before downloading McNeel Rhinoceros software to their computer, students should seek advice from their Lecturer.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course overview – assessment items & expectations. Induction requirements overviewed including workshop access: DigiFab & MakerSpace & bureau manufacturers, & local manufacturing services firms. Software requirements and introduction to 3D modelling Evidence of inductions – complete prior week 4. TBC
2 Lecture , software workflow demonstrations & studio activities. Task 2 discussions.
3 Lecture & studio activities. Final opportunity for feedback on Assessment I Task 1 Individual Presentations Makerspace induction – evidence cited . TBC
4 Individual presentations as per scheduled. Task 1 Individual Presentations Workshop access – evidence cited (uploaded to Wattle). TBC
5 Lecture, studio activities, and seminar discussion. Task 2 consultations and feedback Forum
6 Lecture, studio activities, and seminar discussion. Task 2 consultations and feedback Informal concept group presentations : Assessment Task 2
7 Last opportunity for Task 2 Feedback. Introduce Task 3 and establish Teams for group work Task 2 Phyical Prototypes due for presentation and discussion in today's class. Task documentation submitted to Wattle Friday 5pm
8 Lecture and Task 3 Studio Activities Team consultations and concept development
9 Lecture and Studio Activities Individual consultations and last opportunity for feedback on Task 3 Phase 1. Task 3 Phase 1Due. Team design concept presentations in class including sketch plans, form, process & material expectations. Online Groupwork report due Friday at 5pm
10 Lecture and Studio Activities
11 Project development discussions, troubleshooting and Individual consultations .
12 Course recap, troubleshooting and Individual consultations Final opportunity for feedback on Assessment Task 3
13 Project completion week
14 Final Individual Submission due (exam week) Task 3 phase 2 Friday 10th June 5pm Online portfolio and accompanying 2-minute pre-recorded video presentation

Tutorial Registration

See Wattle Course site

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Scoping the Field 20 % 18/03/2022 01/04/2022 DESN2001: 1,2,4 DESN6001: 1,2,4,5
Digital Fabrication Vocabularies 30 % 22/04/2022 06/05/2022 DESN2001: 2,3 DESN6001: 2,3,5
Otherwise Impossible 50 % 10/06/2022 24/06/2022 DESN2001: 1,2,3,4 DESN6001: 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation in the weekly classes is essential to fulfilling the learning outcomes of this course. If you cannot attend all of the scheduled classes, please consider a different course.


This course does not include a formal examination. Examinable elements are outlined above in assessible items 1-3.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 18/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: DESN2001: 1,2,4 DESN6001: 1,2,4,5

Scoping the Field

Students will submit a report and present a 5-minute presentation on a topic determined during class in week 1. Topics will span the historical, contemporary and future contexts of digital form and fabrication.

Presentations will take place during class in weeks 3 & 4 , online forum submissions due in week 4, Friday 18th March at 5pm

Word limit: DESN2001 - 1,000 words

Word limit: DESN6001 - 1,800 words

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 22/04/2022
Return of Assessment: 06/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: DESN2001: 2,3 DESN6001: 2,3,5

Digital Fabrication Vocabularies

Students will present a portfolio of work showing their iterative and creative explorations of digital technologies and processes demonstrating the development and resolution of ideas. Portfolios will be submitted using an agreed digital platform/software. This will involve the use of digital drawing tools to specify designs and selected digital manufacturing technologies to produce artefacts. The rationale for this task is to facilitate understanding of materials, tools, processes and technologies that will serve as a vocabulary of skills they will use in Assessment 3, ?‘Otherwise Impossible?’?.

Presentation requirements: Submit week 8 during class (physical and online components).Digital Online Portfolio due week 7, Friday 22nd April at 5pm

Guidelines and assessment details to be provided on Wattle

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 10/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: DESN2001: 1,2,3,4 DESN6001: 1,2,3,4,5

Otherwise Impossible

This task invites students to undertake an ambitious project to produce work that would be otherwise impossible to realise without digital technologies. Students are asked to reflect on the distinctive attributes of digital design and fabrication and asked to produce object/s that respond to the title 'Otherwise Impossible", demonstrating a thoughtful and appropriate use of the technologies, processes and materials applied. The design process employed , research and references informing them are to be presented as part of the final folio documentation together with the final work. The final project requires you to evidence experimentation in form, fabrication and materials, and to employ critical thinking and making to ideate and resolve a prototype using digital fabrication in an individual and collaborative environment.

This is a 2 phased project.

Phase 1? is a teamwork assignment where multiple concepts and preliminary prototypes will be developed and presented in a single team design portfolio, addressing the topic title Otherwise Impossible. Each Team create a series of quick exploratory prototypes developing 2 to 3 ideas and potential digital fabrication processes , and then present their responses in a short class presentation. All students will individually offer constructive critical feedback to the presentations via forum responses . Each Team will then prepare and submit a summary online Phase 1 report to be submitted online.

Phase 2,? each student will independently complete an individual digital fabrication project that develops a selection from Phase 1 outcomes, and demonstrates critical reflection on weekly critiques and feedback sessions during the task.

Submission includes a 1:1 model (or justified scale model) developed from the determined design and fabrication drawings documented as part of a design portfolio uploaded to Wattle.

Both team and individual submissions in Phase 1 and 2 need to address the selected design rationale and demonstrate critically engaged process development by illustrating and documenting iterative experiments across multiple digital and analogue mediums, and interactions with others necessary to resolve the final design prototype.

Value: 50%? (Group Work - 15%; Individual Work - 35%) 

Submission requirements:

Phase 1? Team/groupwork Presentation in Week 9 Class and follow up forum responses on the same day. Group Report due in Week 9, Friday 6th May. Feedback provided during class presentation and Wattle forum responses . Each group member receives the same grade for the Teamwork component)

Phase 2 ?Final Individual Submission: due Friday 10th June ( Exam period )

Students will be required to submit their finished works as part of an online portfolio and will have the opportunity to speak to their work through a 2-minute pre-recorded video presentation uploaded to accompany the portfolio (the video presentation will not be assessed).


Course Rubric : LO'sHDDCPF

Apply Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to the 

Comprehensively develops and applies of a range of

Develops and applies  a range of relevant and advanced level digital and analogue skills regularly to a superior level

Develops and applies relevant digital and analogue skills intermittently to a good, independently capable level.

Develops and applies relevant digital and analogue skills on occasion to a basic level.

Relevant digital and analogue skills are below a satisfactory standard.

Demonstrate understanding of operational constraints and appropriate use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems. 

Consistently and comprehensive demonstrates understandings and applies them strategically to achieve outstanding project results

Regularly demonstrates understandings and applies these knowledgeably to achieve superior project results

Intermittently demonstrates understandings and applies these capably to achieve results above average project results

On occasion demonstrates understandings and applies these satisfactorily to achieve basic project results

Does not demonstrate or understandings or apply them to achieve satisfactory project results.

Communicate reflective and critical approaches through the design process.

Knowledge is communicated at an outstanding level in a critical, systematic way through project work, writing and discussion, comprehensively articulating relationships between design process, technology and its impact on the built environment

Knowledge is communicated at a superior level in a critical, systematic way through project work, writing and discussion, consistently articulating relationships between design process, technology and its impact on the built environment

Knowledge is communicated to a good level in a critical, way through project work, writing and discussion, intermittently articulating relationships between design process, technology and its impact on the built environment

Knowledge is communicated to a basic level in a critical, way through project work, writing and discussion, sometimes articulating relationships between design process, technology and its impact on the built environment

Knowledge of relationships is not evidenced in writing, discussion and completed project work 

Evidence and awareness of historical, contemporary and future contexts for digital form 

and fabrication. 

Awareness shows a lucid comprehensive synthesis of relevant contextual relationships , informed by critical analysis and articulated to an outstanding level in writing and discussion

The work evidences high level synthesis of contextual, historical, and theoretical knowledge informed by some critical analysis, articulated to a high level in writing and discussion

Work evidences good analysis and integration of contextual, historical, and theoretical knowledge, articulated to a capable level in writing and discussion

Work evidences  basic analysis of contextual, historical, or theoretical knowledge articulated to a satisfactory level in writing and discussion

Insufficient evidence of contextual, historical, or theoretical knowledge in writing and discussion

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Roderick Bamford

Research Interests

Practice led research focussed on the intersection of art, craft and design. Research spans the fields of ceramics, digital media technologies and print media to explore transformative personal and social experiences associated with emerging technologies and ecologies of production.


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