Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ARCH 137
Course Title:
AutoCAD Architecture
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Course Description

Introduction to AutoCAD Architecture which offers a variety of tools not available in the base AutoCAD software, including 3D objects representing the most common architectural components such as walls, doors, windows, stairs and roofs. Prerequisites: ARCH 136 or DRF 136. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a required for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Design and Drafting. Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institution to which the student wishes to transfer.Students must be capable of reading and communicating in the English language and may be required to pass a listening competency test administered by the department.  Students who may have a disability and wish an accommodation should make arrangements to meet with the instructor outside of class to discuss specific requests.  Any request for accommodation may require that documentation of disability be reviewed by the Office for Students with Disabilities.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Create, annotate and edit drawings using basic AutoCAD Architecture commands and features.
Create, manage and plot drawing sets using the AutoCAD Architecture project management system.
Create 3d models using basic AutoCAD Architecture commands and features.
Display basic AutoCAD Architecture skills needed for an intermediate level course.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation procedures will be presented at the first class meeting.  Student grades will be based on satisfactory comĀ­pleĀ­tion of assigned projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course will be presented by means of short lecture/discussion sessions and laboratory projects.  Individualized instruction will be provided while the student is working on assigned projects.  Open laboratory time will be made available, and may be necessary to complete the given tasks. 
Creating floor plans

  • Focus on the placement of walls and the tools available for precise placement of walls for the creation of a floor plan.

Advanced wall features

  • Focus on additional tools to enhance the creation of walls that consist of multiple wall components.  The use of wall styles, wall groups, and wall surface modifiers to increase the speed of design and the detail of wall representation.

Placing doors and windows

  • Focus on placing doors and windows in the drawing as objects with three-dimensional properties.

Creating roofs

  • Focus on the placement and development of roof and roof slabs with three-dimensional properties.

Stairs and railings

  • Focus on the development and placement of stairs and railings with three- dimensional properties.

Using and creating symbols

  • Focus on inserting symbols that are selected from the AutoCAD DesignCenter and include blocks, multi-view blocks, and mask blocks.

Annotating the drawing

  • Focus on the annotation of a drawing including the dimensions, notes, schedules, and associated symbols for specifying the size and location of architectural features.

Creating elevations and sections

  • Focus on the commands to draw elevations and sections of a building.