93795 - Drawing and CAD for Design

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows the basic elements of technical drawing, the fundamentals of computer graphics, the main tools for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and the related application methods aimed at designing simple rural constructions. In particular, at the end of the course, the student understands design documents and CAD tools for the representation of agricultural buildings, the related building components and the most important technical details. The knowledge of these tools proves to be increasingly fundamental and supportive in the training process and in professional activity, as well as an indispensable requirement for carrying out the practical test of the exam for the agronomist qualifying examination.

Course contents

The course consists of four Teaching Units, including lectures and computer exercises.

Teaching Unit 1. Rural buildings

Expected results: the student knows the main sizing and design criteria for one rural building typology.

  • Distributional characteristics of the reference rural building
  • Construction features and sizing criteria of the main functional units of the reference rural building

Teaching Unit 2. Fundamentals of technical building design

Expected results: the student knows the rules for the preparation of the technical drawings for the project representations; the student knows and is able to apply the rules of projective geometry as regards orthogonal projections and sections of buildings.

  • Drawing tools and conventions in representation
  1. UNI paper sizes
  2. line types and thicknesses
  3. dimensions and drawing scales
  4. texts and symbolisms
  • Orthogonal projections
  • Axonometry
  • Perspective
  • Plans, elevations and sections

Teaching Unit 3. Computer Aided Design (CAD) for planning

Expected results: the student knows the functioning of a CAD software and is able to use it for the preparation of graphic drawings and simple rural buildings, up to details required by the final draft.

  • Fundamentals and main commands
  • Layer management
  • Dimension
  • Layout and print settings.

Teaching Unit 4. CAD guided exercises

Expected results: the student applies what has been learned in the previous teaching units through classroom exercises led by the teacher.

  • CAD redesign of a case study rural building
  • Sizing and design of a rural building.


R. Chiumenti "Costruzioni rurali", Edagricole, 2004
M. Docci "Teoria e pratica del disegno", Laterza
Lecture notes

Teaching methods

The course includes both theoretical lessons and guided classroom exercises. The theoretical lessons of both modules will be preparatory to the laboratory activities. The latter will be aimed at creating a final paper (graphic tables and summary report) and will be carried out individually under the supervision of the teacher.

The theoretical and practical teaching activities of the first cycle of lessons 2020/21 will take place regularly in the presence of all students compatibly with the health conditions and with the regulations in force relating to the COVID-19 emergency. Didactic activities and university laboratories will in any case also be guaranteed online.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists of an oral test through which the knowledge of the entire course is verified and the documents produced in the guided exercises are discussed.

Teaching tools

CAD software, PC and projection

Office hours

See the website of Alberto Barbaresi