Associate in Specialized Technology Degree

Computer Drafting and Design

Drafting is a graphic language used by industry to communicate ideas and plans from the creative-design stage through production. Computer drafting and design is one way to produce drawings in traditional design and drafting fields. This program combines wherever appropriate computer-aided drafting with conventional methods of graphic communication to solve drafting and basic design-related problems. The program will help graduates prepare to work in entry-level positions in many diverse areas of technical drafting and design.

Students will be exposed to both classroom theory and laboratory projects. Students will be required to create a variety of drawings of various sizes on different drawing media, and will use conventional as well as computer-aided drafting equipment.

The goal of the Computer Drafting and Design program is to help the student acquire the skills to enter the workplace as a versatile draftsperson able to make basic design decisions and capable of addressing the challenges of future technological advances in the drafting and design profession.

Many industries use drafters who can translate ideas, sketches and specifications of an engineer, architect or designer into complete and accurate working plans needed to make products, engineer projects or create structures. Graduates may begin their careers in a variety of entry-level positions in various fields involving drafting and design, some of which include mechanical drafting, piping drafting, architectural and construction drafting, civil drafting, interior design, illustration and design detailing. The availability of micro-CAD systems has enabled even small drafting firms to utilize computer-aided drafting and design.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving computer drafting and design.

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

Throughout the program students will use drawing tables, light tables, parallel edges and print machines. The CAD laboratory is equipped with micro-CAD terminals, plotters and a draft printer. Students regularly use smaller tools such as portable drafting boards, drafting instruments, scales and calculators. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 35 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
GE117P
Composition I+

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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4
GE127P
College Mathematics I+

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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4
GE184P
Problem Solving

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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4
GE192P
College Mathematics II+

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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4
GE217P
Composition II+

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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4
GE253P
Physics

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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4
GE273P
Microeconomics+

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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4
Subtotal 28.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
CD111P
Introduction to Design and Drafting

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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4
CD121P
Drafting/CAD Methods

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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4
CD130P
Architectural Drafting I

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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4
CD140P
Rapid Visualization

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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4
CD210P
Engineering Graphics I

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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4
CD220P
Materials and Processes

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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4
CD230P
Architectural Drafting II

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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4
CD240P
Descriptive Geometry

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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4
CD245P
Sustainable Design

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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4
CD250P
Engineering Graphics II

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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4
CD310P
Civil Drafting and Introduction to GIS

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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4
CD320P
Basic Design Theory and Methods

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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4
CD331P
Design and Drafting Capstone Project

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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4
CD340P
Physical and Computer-Aided 3D Modeling

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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Subtotal 56.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB133P
Strategies for the Technical Professional

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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4
TB143P
Introduction to Personal Computers

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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4
TB332P
Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development

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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4
Subtotal 12.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Total
96
Subtotal 96.0

Notes

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program and revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program.