Introduction to AutoCad - ENGR-1011


1.      Course title: Introduction to AutoCad


2.      Prerequisite: Prior instruction or practice in engineering graphics or approval of the department chair of his representative.


3.      Textbook: Your AutoCAD 2000 Instructor by James A. Leach. McGraw-Hill Publishers. ISBN 0-07-234761-9


4.      Catalog Description:

This is the first of a two part course sequence which offers hands on instruction in the use of drawing, editing and utility commands of AutoCAD for Windows to produce two dimensional drawings. Prior knowledge by the registrant to read and produce orthographic, isometric and other forms of pictorial representations using traditional tools is assumed.


5.      Course objective:

Introduce students to widely chosen computer-aided design software, AutoCAD, to effectively use:

menu structure and data input conventions to create, view, edit, and plot 2-dimensional drawings

basic two-dimensional entity draw commands

basic two-dimensional edit and inquiry commands

basic display controls needed for viewing two-dimensional drawings

layers and other supplied drawing aids

basic dimensioning commands.


6.      General notes:

a.          Students should be assigned substantial number of practice exercises in class/home assignment to achieve competency in the use of commands to create and edit two-dimensional drawings.

b.          A project in the area of studentís liking that employs at least 80-90% of all the commands of the software that were covered in the course should be assigned. The instructor must ensure the project selected by a student can be completed within reasonable period of about three class sessions.

c.          Instructor should note that the class may consist of students registered as credit and some as non-credit.

d.         The evaluation procedure is mandatory for the grade for credit students and optional for non-credit students.

e.          Non-credit students are given a certificate at the end of course after successful completion of all instructor- assigned work.





7. Course Outline:


Getting Started: Chapter 1

Working with files and viewing commands: Chapter 2 and 11††††††††

Draw Command concept and Draw commands I: Chapter 3 and 8

Modify commands and modify commands I: Chapter 4 and 9

Helpful commands and basic drawing setup: Chapter 5 and 6

Object snap: Chapter 7

Draw commands II and III: Chapter 10 and 15

Layers, linetypes, colors and object properties: Chapter 12

Advanced drawing setup: Chapter 13

Printing and plotting: Chapter 14

Modify Commands II: Chapter 16

Inquiry commands: Chapter 17

Creating and Editing text: Chapter 18

Blocks: chapter 21

Section views, Hatching: Chapter 26

Dimensioning: Chapter 28

Xreferences: Chapter 30

Plot styles and advancedLayouts: Chapter 33 (time permitting)


It is recommended that students take this course before they register for any other course in engineering program.


7.      Evaluation:

The emphasis should be on measuring the level of expertise achieved in applying the software commands to successfully reproduce 2-dimensional drawings. The details of grade determination are flexible however one recommended procedure would be to weigh the four components as follows:


Labs/Homework: 15%-20%

Tests (two): 30%

Project: 20%

Final Examination: 30-35%



Effective date: January 2002