ATC111 - Auto CAD 2018 - Fundamentals

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Subject Title
Auto CAD 2018 - Fundamentals

Subject Description
This course is an introduction to 2D AutoCAD, in which students learn basic AutoCAD fundamentals, including basic draw and modify commands, drawing setup procedures, layer setup, dimensioning and plotting. Students gain hands-on experience using AutoCAD's drafting tools.

Credit Status
One Credit

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

  1. Identify various items in the AutoCAD interface, within menus and toolbars
  2. Apply various, basic Draw commands to create two-dimensional drawings
  3. Use various, basic Modify commands to edit drawings
  4. Apply Dimensions, Line Types, and Line Weights to drawings
  5. Plot drawings to the system printer/plotter
  6. Manage files

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Basic Computer skills/ Recommended Basic Drafting Fundamentals

Topic Outline
Getting Started with AutoCAD

AutoCAD’s User Interface
Working with Commands
Opening and Saving an Existing Drawing File
AutoCAD’s Cartesian Workspace
Saving Your Work
Creating New Drawings With Templates
Basic Drawing
Drawing Lines
Drawing Rectangles
Drawing Circles
Working with Polylines
Drawing Arcs
Drawing Polygons
Drawing Ellipses
Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
Coordinate Entry
Absolute, Polar, Relative and Direct Distance Entry
Using Running Object Snaps
Using Object Snap Overrides
Polar Tracking
Object Snap Tracking
Editing Tools
Selecting Objects for Editing
Moving Objects
Copying Objects
Rotating Objects
Scaling Objects
Mirroring Objects
Editing with Grips
Advanced Editing Commands
Trimming and Extending Objects
Stretching Objects
Creating Fillets and Chamfers
Offsetting Objects
Creating Arrays of Objects
Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
Working with the Layers Manager
Creating new layers
Linetypes and Lineweights
Changing an Object’s Layer
Object Properties
Setting Up and Plotting a Layout
Creating Viewports
Working with Scales
Working in Layouts
Printing Concepts
Working with Annotations
Creating Text Styles
Adding Text in a Drawing
Modifying Multiline Text
Adding Leaders to Your Drawing
Adding Dimensions
Dimensioning Concepts and Guidelines
Adding Linear and Aligned Dimensions
Adding Radial and Diameter
Angular Dimensions
Creating a Dimension Style
Creating Dimension Child Styles
Editing Dimensions
Working Effectively with AutoCAD
Formatting Units
Setting Drawing Limits
Linetype Scale and Global Scales
Creating a Custom Workspace
Using the Keyboard Effectively
Working in Multiple Drawings
Copying and Pasting between Drawings
Using Grips Effectively

Mode of Instruction
Lively-paced lectures with hands-on emphasis

Prescribed Texts
Beginning AutoCAD 2017 Exercise Workbook - Cheryl R Shrock, Steve Heather - Industrial Press Inc. ISBN-13: 9780831136024

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.   

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
In Class Assignments 50%
Mid Term 20%
Final Exam 30%

Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle