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AutoCAD Basics

Thomas Schmeister

Julie Clarke, Coordinator, Vancouver Island University, Powell River (julie.clarke@viu.ca) | toll-free 1-877-888-8890 | 604-485-8032 (Powell River)

Course Information

First point I want to touch on is that while this course is entitled "AutoCAD Basics", you will learn exactly what I use for 90% of my 2D computer drafting everyday. Where I would consider "beyond the basics" are the 3D tools which is not covered in this course. "Advancing" the basics is really quite easy....it just takes practice.....but lots of it.

Second point I want to highlight is that AutoCAD is a very complex piece of software. It is a monster! But like most monsters if you are nice to it....feed it....play with it....eventually it will become your friend. If you neglect it....be mean to it...swear at it.... I'm sure it will not be so cooperative and you and AutoCAD are sure to eventually part your ways.

Third point is simple but so important - Use it or lose it. I can not stress this enough. You are very fortunate if your current employment allows you to use AutoCAD. This will give you the opportunities to advance your skills quickly. For those of you that will not be using AutoCAD on a daily basis it will be critical that you take the time to practice. Do not expect to finish this course and then a year later turn it on and run with it.

And my last point is that having a good understanding of drafting and drafting principles will benefit you in this course. The examples in this course are mostly architectural in nature BUT you can easily transfer your skills to other disciplines. Simply put....AutoCAD is a tool. Just like the pencil "of the olden days"

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

Texts and Materials

Lessons will be provided for each topic, along with additional assigned reading and assignments.

 

Assignments will consist of practical, real-world examples for your to practice the functionality that you've just learned. Each assignment contains step-by-step procedures and graphics to help you complete the exercise successfully.

 

Students will be provided with a fully-working student version of AutoCAD. We are currently training using AutoCAD 2010 - which will be available for download from the online classroom. We will be using Autodesk's Learning AutoCAD 2010 courseware, available for purchase from the AutoDesk store online.



Our Moodle Classroom

Our Moodle space is our online classroom. Here you will find the following:

 

News Forum - The news forum is a general discussion forum used for the delivery of class news and events. Check here for any date changes or news of general class interest.

Course Syllabus - You are currently reading the Course Syllabus. It will be posted in your online classroom to give you an overview of the online classroom setup and the week-by-week schedule for your class.

Water Cooler - The Water Cooler is a discussion area used for non-course-related topics.

Lessons - Delivered as html or pdf files, these should be easily viewable. If you have any problems, please let the instructor or administrator know.

Web Page Links & Resources - Related links. Visit them for even more information.

Assignment & Posting of Assignment Instructions - The Assignment area is where you will upload your completed assignments. If more than one file is required, you will need to zip them before uploading.

Sample Files - There may be sample files included related to your weekly lesson or assignment.

Discussions - (also known as 'Forums') - Be sure to visit the Discussion area for each week's lesson. Topics will be posted for each week's lesson. You will be expected (as part of your grading for the course) to contribute. For more information on what's expected here, see the 'Grading' area below.

Grading Criteria and Total Components of a Grade

Each student will be graded by earning points for class participation, for assignments, and for the final examination. Grades will be assigned as follows:

97 - 100 points = A+

93 - 96 points = A

90 - 92 points = A-

87 - 89 points = B+

83 - 86 points = B
80 - 82 points = B-

77 - 79 points = C+
73 - 76 points = C
70 - 72 points = C-

65 - 69 points = D

Less than 65 points = Fail

Points will be distributed as follows:

Participation in class discussions: 24 points possible

Students should participate in class discussion by posting their comments or questions and by responding to at least one other classmate each week. The instructor expects each student to contribute at least one thoughtful, quality posting per week (including the response to a classmate). Just logging on and reading other people's postings is not considered participation, nor is mere agreement with others' postings.

Quality of postings is more important than their sheer frequency, length or grammatical form. Quality includes, but is not limited to:

a) commentary on the lecture for the current topic;

b) detailed sharing of a student's experience or research relative to the week's topic;

c) opinions on the topic that are backed with compelling facts and reasoning;

d) raising questions that help the class better understand the topic, particularly by proposing; and explaining implications that might have been overlooked in the lecture, or in previous discussion.

Quality participation also means conveying your experience, research, opinions, questions or commentary in a professional manner. Comments on projects produced by other students is an important part of the learning process. Comments must be made in a respectful and constructive manner. Disagreements among students are expected and often valuable, but they should be expressed tactfully, not in a confrontational tone.

Assignments: 56 points possible

Points per assignment are listed in the Course Schedule, below. Assignment instructions will be found in the assignment instructions found in each weekly outline. Completed assignments should be uploaded to the Assignments area as described in the assignment instructions. Please do not send completed assignments to the instructor's email box. Submit assignments in the format described in the weekly assignment instructions. Other formats may also work but check with the instructor prior to submitting. Some formats do not work well (Word documents) as they do not transfer well to other computers and are best saved as .pdfs.

Late assignments will automatically have one point subtracted for each day late, unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor for late submission due to extenuating circumstances.

Final examination/Assignment: 20 points possible

Instructions for the Final Exam/assignment will be posted in the Week 12 lecture, and are to be submitted through the Final Exam/Assignment area by the due date listed in the Final Assignment instructions.

Final Grade in Class

Your unofficial grade in the class will be available to you no later than one week after the class ends, either posted in the 'Grades' area on your course site or emailed to you directly by the instructor.

Feedback Schedule

The instructor will provide feedback and points on graded assignments within one week of the due date of that work, unless otherwise noted in the assignment instructions. Late submissions may take longer. Feedback and points will either be posted online via the 'Grades' area, or emailed to you directly by the instructor. Your official final grade will be sent to you via 'snail mail'.

The instructor does not normally participate in real-time chat discussions, but students are welcome to use this feature on their own.

The instructor normally logs on at least once daily, every day of the week, although she may log on more often than once a day. Exceptions will be posted as an announcement on the Homepage, and will advise of time away from her home office or when working out of town. The instructor's office hours are anytime via Moodle Quickmail.

Student Conduct

Vancouver Island University students are expected to behave in a responsible manner respectful of the learning environment inside the classroom, whether attending in person on online. This policy applies to all Vancouver Island University campus and off-campus locations where Vancouver Island University sponsored activity is occurring. For further information, link to Vancouver Island University's Student Conduct Code pages.

Course Topics and Assignments Outline

Week 1:
Topic: Introduction & Resources
Assignment: Preparing for your online AutoCAD course (5 points)
Reading: "Tutorial - Getting Started with Moodle" (work through online tutorial), & "How to Zip/Unzip a file" tutorial
Discussion: Post your personal introduction in the 'Introduce yourself here' thread in the Week 1 Discussion area and post comments or questions appropriate to the this week's lessons.

Week 2:

Topic: The AutoCAD Interface - Introductory Tour

Assignment: Getting Started with AutoCAD (6 points)
Reading: Chapter 1 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

Week 3:

Topic: Creating Basic Drawings/Drawing Setup

Assignment: Drawing Setup (5 points)
Reading: Chapter 2 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

Week 4:

Topic: Drawing Objects

Assignment: Drawing Objects (5 points)
Reading: Chapters 3 & 5 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

Week 5:

Topic: Drawing Organization & Inquiry Commands

Assignment: Drawing Organization & Inquiry Commands (5 points)
Reading: Chapter 4 from Learning AutoCAD 2010
Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

 

Week 6:

Topic: Working with Layouts & Text

Assignment: Working with Layouts & Text (5 points)

Reading: Chapters 6 & 7 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

 

Week 7:

Topic: Dimensioning

Assignment: Dimensioning (5 points)

Reading: Chapter 8 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

 

Week 8:

Topic: Hatching & Working with Reusable Content

Assignment: Hatching & Working with Reusable Content (5 points)

Reading: Chapters 9 & 10 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

 

Week 9:

Topic: Working with Advanced 2D Drawing Objects

Assignment: Working with Advanced 2D Drawing Objects (5 points)

Reading: Chapter 11 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

 

Week 10:

Topic: Plotting your Drawings

Assignment: Plotting your Drawings (5 points)

Reading: Chapter 12 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

 

Week 11:

Topic: Creating Drawing Templates

Assignment: Creating Drawing Templates (5 points)

Reading: Chapter 13 from Learning AutoCAD 2010

Discussion: Respond to the instructor's discussion questions on this week's topics and to at least one other student's comments on the topic.

 

Week 12:

Topic: Advanced Topics & Wrap-Up

Assignment: Final Assignment/Exam (5 points)

Reading: Review

Discussion: Open forum

 

Questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact Instructor via Moodle Messaging or email tas@uvic.ca.

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