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 Course Title:   Introduction to Computer-Aided Design

 Title Abbreviation:   CAD/INTRO

 Department:    TECD

 Course #:    103

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Introduction to computer-aided design (CAD) and graphics technology. Covers the basic techniques and standard practices of design. Introduces concepts of digital sketches, 3-D modeling and surface modeling. Covers the fundamental concepts of documentation and presentation for CAD.


Prerequisite: Prior to entering this course, students should have mastered the following computer fundamentals: basic commands to operate software programs, directory structure, file management, and be able to use icons and keyboard commands.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the advantages of various CAD software.
  2. Use the computer as a 2-D sketching tool.
  3. Understand the concept of virtual 3-D modeling.
  4. Use surface modeling tools to create organic shapes.
  5. Create documentation drawings from 3-D models.
  6. Animate simple motion with 3-D models.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Drawing software types and uses.
  2. Simple sketching operations.
  3. Creating simple 3-D models and assemblies.
  4. Creating surface models.
  5. CAD drafting fundamentals.
  6. Introduction to 3-D motion.