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AutoCAD Architecture Desktop
ARCH CAD
CLASS CODE: ARCH 110 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Introduction to architectural computer-aided drafting.
DESCRIPTION: ARCH 110 is an introductory course. It is recommended that students be skilled or familiar with conventional drafting fundamentals and/or be concurrently enrolled in an architectural drafting course to learn the architectural drafting fundamentals to assist in course assignment completion. It is also recommended that students have an understanding of basic Windows commands and operations.
TOPICS: The class will use microcomputers along with AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop software to give introductory experiences with architectural drawing creations: floor plan fundamentals, dimensioning, text, hatching, drawing storage and retrieval, drawing output: plotting and printing and drawing modifications (trimming, stretching, moving, erasing, etc.). The architectural templates and symbols will also be discussed. The construction of basic details using various symbol and line types will also be covered.
OBJECTIVES: When the student completes the requirements of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the components making a complete computer graphics system and know the essential set-up.
2. Demonstrate configuration procedures, making the software work with the hardware.
3. Apply drafting fundamentals in creating architectural drawings on the computer graphics system using AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop software.
4. Develop and demonstrate the use of interrupt keys, macro keys, and icons.
5. Develop an understanding of computer "Paths" for filing and retrieving drawings.
6. Apply conventional practices in creating, storing, and retrieving drawings, while having the data base for documentation and verification.
7. Demonstrate using existing templates/symbols files in drawing creation, also modify or create new symbols for drawing use.
8. Obtain hard copy output of CAD drawing using the plotter and printer.
9. Develop user familiarity with software terminology, its interrupts, acronyms, and keyboard operations.
10. Establish the start or continuation of a professional portfolio using the best CAD drawings of the course as the basis.
REQUIREMENTS: AutoCAD Architecture Desktop is an introductory course. It is recommended that students be skilled or familiar with conventional drafting fundamentals and/or be concurrently enrolled in ARCH 160 to learn the drafting fundamentals of manual drafting to assist in course assignment completion. It is also recommended to have taken or to be concurrently enrolled in a DOS/Windows class.
PREREQUISITES: ARCH 100 or some architectural and construction exposure. Basic AutoCAD experience preferred.
OTHER: 1. (Text) Archtectural Desktop 3.0/3.3, Basics Through Advanced, by David A. Madsen and Ron Palma, 2003.
2. Three-ring loose leaf notebook for handouts, class notes, and quiz.
3. Zip disk (required). Backup disk is recommended due to system lock-up, electrical blackouts, power shortages, and other handling problems that cause disk failures. Develop the practice to regularly duplicate your drawings for back-up purposes!!
4. Portfolio binder or booklet, National 88 000, Itoya-portfolio, or others.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001