Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CADD 126
Course Title:
Introduction to AutoCAD
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Course Description

Introduces AutoCAD software as a design tool. Includes instruction in the operation of both CPU hard drive and USB drive data storage, and plotting. Covers creation, retrieval and modification of drawings that meet industry standards using basic AutoCAD commands. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:
1. Skillfully manipulate data from the system€™s CPU, hard drive and USB drive data storage
2. Use appropriate knowledge and skills when using a computer during the development of
technical mechanical drawings.
3. Create, store, retrieve, and modify drawings using attributes following industry standards.

Course Activities and Design

Drafting Fundamentals is designed to acquaint the student with a fundamental understanding of drawing techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the sketching techniques, lettering, orthographic projection, auxiliaries, sections, and pictorials. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation procedures and grading will be discussed on the first day of class. Units of instruction begin with a lecture presentation followed by lab application, which may include individual instruction. Lab drawing assignments, exams and quizzes, and projects may be used to assess outcomes. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1.0 Lines

  1. Alphabet of lines: Produce mechanical drawings using the appropriate line types which will include:
    1. object (visible)
    2. hidden
    3. center, extension, dimension, leader
    4. cutting plane
    5. section
    6. phantom

2.0 Lettering
3.0 Orthographic projection

  1. Principal views: Produce drawings demonstrating the six principal views and how they are projected.
  2. Layout of Views: Proper technique for the layout of objects with features including:
    1. incline surfaces

4.0 Auxiliary Views

  1. Produce drawings demonstrating when an auxiliary view is needed.
  2. Demonstrate the proper technique for the layout of an auxiliary view.

5.0 Sections and Conventions

  1. Conventions: Demonstrate the proper method of depicting features including:
    1. Rounds
    2. fillets
    3. runout
    4. conventional edges
  2. Sections: Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of sections including:
    1. full section
    2. half section
    3. broken-out section
    4. removed section
    5. revolved section
    6. assembly section
    7. Features in section, including:
      1. ribs
      2. spokes
      3. lugs
      4. holes
      5. structural materials

6.0 Pictoral Drawing

  1. Isometric construction: Use the appropriate techniques in the construction of isometric drawings with the following surfaces or features.
    1. normal
    2. inclined
    3. round
    4. sections
  2. Oblique construction: Use the appropriate techniques in the construction of oblique drawings with the following surfaces or features:
    1. normal
    2. round