A 3-credit pre-program course.

A pre-program, first course in drafting. Basic drafting concepts, standards, conventions, and procedures using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Designed primarily for students planning to enroll in regular-program Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies (AEC) courses, but open to others as well. Content includes working with CAD software and otherwise duplicates the content of basic manual drafting courses but without the pencil line quality, technique, hand lettering, and other topics that technology has gradually rendered unnecessary in architectural and engineering office practice.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Create technical drawings of correct single, orthographic, auxiliary, isometric, sectional, perspective, and developed views of simple objects from different types of views or differently oriented views of the objects.
  2. Use CAD software to create correctly arranged and scaled technical drawings containing lines of correct form and weight, symbols, dimensions, and labels.
  3. Identify or roughly define the terms, concepts, and standards associated with the topics of the course.
  4. Demonstrate oral and computational problem-solving skills appropriate to the level of the course.
  5. Report to a workplace regularly and punctually, engage effectively and congenially with peers and supervisors, work from written as well as oral instructions, use class time efficiently for productive work, and meet production deadlines.


Basic CAD Procedures
Single View Drawing
Orthographic Views
Sectional Views
Auxuliary Views
Developments and Intersections
Introduction to Architectural Drawing

  1. Prerequisite: none
  2. The course is open to all majors.
  3. Roughly one hour of lecture and two hours of lab per class. The class meets twice a week.
  4. The course is typically offered in the fall and spring terms.
  5. This is principally a lecture course.
  6. A textbook is seldom required, and the only supply needed is a flash drive for storing computer files.
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