BEA101 - CAD Fundamentals

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Subject Title
CAD Fundamentals

Subject Description
This is an introductory subject in drafting for Civil/Environmental disciplines using the latest release of Autodesk software to produce 2-dimensional drawings in accordance with industry standards. The course will cover principles of creating orthographic views and sections.This course also covers manual sketching, and reading and interpreting drawing sets.

Credit Status
One subject credit in Civil Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technician, Environmental Technology and Environmental Technician programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Apply manual sketching techniques to communicate technical information relevant to civil and environmental industries
  2. Reading and interpreting drawing sets.
  3. Draw orthographic projections of 3-Dimensional objects by manual sketching and using AutoCAD.
  4. Create section views and reference them on plans.
  5. Apply line types and line weights according to drafting conventions.
  6. Find and identify various items in the AutoCAD interface, within menus and toolbars.
  7. Apply the Cartesian coordinate system and understand its functionality within the AutoCAD environment.
  8. Input numerical data in Cartesian and surveying formats to produce accurate layout geometry in a timely manner.
  9. Apply various basic Draw commands to create two-dimensional discipline-specific drawings based on Seneca Drafting Standards.
  10. Apply Linear and Aligned Dimensions, Leaders, Line Types, and Line Weights to drawings based on discipline specific drafting conventions and Seneca Drafting Standards.
  11. Use various basic Modify commands to change drawings in a timely manner.
  12. Create and insert basic blocks into AutoCAD drawings.
  13. Inquiry areas, coordinates and distances in the AutoCAD environment.
  14. Set up and Plot scaled drawings optimized for display to the system printer/plotter using proper font sizes and linetype scales.

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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