Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ARCH 140
Course Title:
Introduction to CHIEF ARCHITECT
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Course Description

Introduces CHIEF ARCHITECT software as a design and drafting tool, its applications to architecture, and covers creation, retrieval and modification of drawings using basic commands. Course is also worth 60 LU credits to AIA members. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a elective 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

  • Develop knowledge and skills in the proper use of the various computer equipment used in the preparation of architectural drawings.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in the creation, storage, retrieval, and modification of drawings using various system attributes.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in the creation of Chief Architect Basic drawing entities such as walls, windows, doors, stairs, roofs, railings And slabs.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in using Chief Architect content for annotating the drawing.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in using Chief Architect to create Elevations and Sections.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation procedures and grading criteria will be discussed during the first class meeting. Individual and classroom discussion, lab drawing assignments, exams and quizzes, and a final project may be used to assess outcomes.

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.

  • Design students must be able to visualize and graphically reproduce complex layouts to succeed in subsequent drafting and design courses.
  • Designers need to be able to communicate with each other, and with manufacturing and construction personnel using graphical representations of physical objects.
  • Many Architectural Design and Drafting graduates enter the workplace by performing computerized graphics manipulations.