School of Drafting and Design
School of Drafting and Design

Computer Drafting and Design: Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Pittsburgh, PA Campus

Course Descriptions

CD111P Introduction to Design and Drafting | 4 credit hours

An introduction to graphic communication and its practices including an introduction to the design process with an understanding of manual drafting and computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques. The theory of geometric construction, sketching, detail drawing, various projections, sections, auxiliary views, dimensioning, lettering, dimension tolerances and basic CAD procedures are presented in relation to the discipline of drafting and design. The course, being a theoretical foundation for the discipline of drafting and its application to various areas of design, has been developed to better acquaint students with concepts, processes and skills required by professionals in the field. Corequisite: CD121P Drafting/CAD Methods

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CD121P DraftingCAD Methods | 4 credit hours

An application of graphic communications and its practices to practical experience in the use of drafting tools and CAD equipment. Hands-on projects include geometric construction, various projections, sections, auxiliaries, dimensioning, sketching, detail drawing and lettering that is practiced and applied using both manual drafting and CAD procedures. Maintenance of CAD drawing files through the use of operating system commands is applied and stressed. Corequisite: CD111P Introduction to Design and Drafting

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CD130P Architectural Drafting I | 4 credit hours

An introduction to the theory and practice of architectural planning and design. Fundamental design methods and practices for the creation of architectural drawings are presented, with emphasis on the content of the drawings and the production skills. Topics include the development of floor plans, elevations and perspective projection principles of a single-level building project incorporating material specifications, legal and building code requirements. Prerequisites: CD111P Introduction to Design and Drafting, CD121P Drafting/CAD Methods

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CD140P Rapid Visualization | 4 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the techniques of freehand drawing and its application to technical sketching and design visualization. Exercises include drawing of two- and three-dimensional shapes and objects, spatial thinking and eye-hand coordination in relation to the practice of drafting and design.

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CD210P Engineering Graphics I | 4 credit hours

An introduction to the creation of pictorial, auxiliaries, sections and orthographic working drawings incorporating developments, geometric dimensioning and tolerances as they relate to mechanical topics. The fundamentals of weldments, threads, fasteners, springs, mechanisms and symbol libraries are introduced in this course. Manual drafting and CAD techniques are used in the production of working drawings. Prerequisites: CD111P Introduction to Design and Drafting, CD121P Drafting/CAD Methods

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CD220P Materials and Processes | 4 credit hours

This course is a survey of various materials, their applications and production processes as found in the manufacturing and construction industries. Students will be introduced to various construction and manufacturing materials, machine tools and tooling used in a variety of processes. Emphasis is placed on terminology and function.

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CD230P Architectural Drafting II | 4 credit hours

A continuation of Architectural Drafting I through the functional planning of a progressively complex project using light construction systems. Drawings incorporating foundations, elevations, wall sections and roof framing details will be created using drafting and CAD techniques. Prerequisites: CD130P Architectural Drafting I, CD220P Materials and Processes or equivalent

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CD240P Descriptive Geometry | 4 credit hours

A study of spatial relations involving points, lines, planes and solids. Instruction includes solving for points and lines of intersections of different geometries and applying analytical graphics to solve design problems. Prerequisites: CD111P Introduction to Design and Drafting, CD121P Drafting/CAD Methods

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CD245P Sustainable Design | 4 credit hours

This course examines a variety of issues surrounding the subject of sustainability. Students will explore the history of sustainability and current trends as they apply to design. Topics will include materials, manufacturing techniques, new technologies, renewable resources, and product life cycle analysis. Prerequisite: CD230P Architectural Drafting II

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CD250P Engineering Graphics II | 4 credit hours

An introduction to the layout, design and drafting of mechanisms and machines using shafts, gears, fasteners, bushings, bearings and couplings. Students will be introduced to the techniques necessary to complete solid models of appropriate assembly drawings. Prerequisites: CD210P Engineering Graphics I, CD220P Materials and Processes or equivalent

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CD310P Civil Drafting and Introduction to GIS | 4 credit hours

An introduction to site planning, civil engineering, plot plans, contour maps, map profile, highway layout and basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Prerequisite: CD230P Architectural Drafting II

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CD320P Basic Design Theory and Methods | 4 credit hours

This course is a study of the principles and elements of basic design which leads to the successful execution of form. Students demonstrate the uses of design as a creative and practical problem-solving and analytical tool. Prerequisite: CD140P Rapid Visualization

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CD331P Design and Drafting Capstone Project | 4 credit hours

An introduction to the theory and practical development, planning, management and presentation of a drafting project from start to finish. Topics include techniques of project planning, project design and execution, documentation and presentation. Students are required to apply project management techniques to a Capstone Project. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including CD250P Engineering Graphics II or equivalent and CD310P Civil Drafting and Introduction to GIS or equivalent

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CD340P Physical and ComputerAided 3D Modeling | 4 credit hours

Introduces the student to tools and skills used in the manipulation of two-dimensional materials to convert these into precise three-dimensional models of various forms, products or architectural space layouts. Students will also use software to model objects and spaces with light, shadows, color and textures that are placed in appropriate backgrounds. Prerequisites: CD230P Architectural Drafting II, CD250P Engineering Graphics II

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GE117P Composition I | A 4 credit hour Composition course

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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GE127P College Mathematics I | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184P Problem Solving; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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GE184P Problem Solving | A 4 credit hour Science course

This course introduces students to problem solving techniques and helps them apply the tools of critical reading, analytical thinking and mathematics to help solve problems in practical applications.

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GE192P College Mathematics II | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: GE127P College Mathematics I or equivalent

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GE217P Composition II | A 4 credit hour Humanities course

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

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GE253P Physics | A 4 credit hour Science course

Students in this course study the concepts of general physics. Practical applications demonstrate the theory. Prerequisite: GE192P College Mathematics II or equivalent

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GE273P Microeconomics | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

This course introduces the economic way of thinking as it provides the basic principles of microeconomics. It is the study of choices made by households, firms, and government and how these choices impact the market economy. Prerequisites: GE117P Composition I or equivalent, GE127P College Mathematics I or equivalent

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TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4 credit hours

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers | 4 credit hours

Organization of a typical Personal Computer (PC) is examined in a given popular operating systems environment. Terminology and concepts related to major PC hardware components and their functions will be discussed consistent with industry standards and practices.

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TB332P Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development | 4 credit hours

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course


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Paul Groves
Computer Drafting and Design
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2010
Lexington, KY

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- Paul Groves, 2010
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