CAD295 - Intro to Autocad

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-09-24 01:14:28.221
Last review date 2018-11-07 14:59:23.496

Subject Title
Intro to Autocad

Subject Description
This subject includes installation, navigating the editing screen, setting up a drawing, inserting and editing entities, using object snaps, managing files, controlling layers, using coordinates, dimensioning and plotting.

For the software component, students must have a Windows based computer system.  Windows Home Edition is not compatible. 

Credit Status
One credit in the Fire Sprinkler Design Certificate

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

  1. Utilize drawing files.
  2. Apply various commands including Line, Pline, Mline, Erase, Redraw, Rectangle, Circle, and Undo.
  3. Explain the function of and correctly use Object Snaps (OSNAPS).
  4. Make of Zoom tools to view drawings.
  5. Set-up drawing units, drawing limits, snaps and grids.
  6. Modify objects using the Move, Copy, Offset, Mirror, Rotate, Scale, Trim, and Extend commands.
  7. Set-up and modify layers using the Layer Properties Manager dialog box.
  8. Create blocks, points and hatch patterns.
  9. Use the AutoCAD Tracking button to insert objects.
  10. Use the Array, Stretch, Break, Fillet, and Chamfer commands and AutoCAD grips.
  11. Insert and Edit text and dimensions.
  12. Explain the difference between Paper Space and Model Space, and plot a drawing.
  13. Create at least 2 AutoCAD drawings for submission to your instructor.
  14. Understand and be able to annotate your drawings.

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.


Students should have a general working knowledge of Windows. A Windows operating system is required to use the SprinkCAD software.

Student versions of AutoCAD are available through Seneca College.

Topic Outline

  • Review of Subject Outline
  • Computer System Requirements
  • The AutoCAD Drawing Screen Layout
  • Executing AutoCAD Commands:
  • Pull Down Menus
  • Toolbars
  • Command line
  • Using Osnaps
  • Using Grids
  • Using Ortho
  • Model and Layout Tabs
  • Using AutoCAD Help

  • Setting up a Drawing Folder
  • Changing the “start in…” Folder
  • AutoCAD Settings
  • Creating, Saving and Opening Drawings
  • Using Multiple Sessions, Templates and Wizards
  • Drawing Limits
  • Drawing Units

  • Using Drawing Coordinates
  • Basic Drafting Tools
  • Drawing Lines, Rectangles, Circles, Ellipse, Arcs, Polygons, Polylines, Splines and Multilines Zooming and Panning
  • Selecting, Copying, Moving, Rotating, and Cutting Objects
  • Fillets and Chamfers
  • Using Grips
  • Erasing Objects & Undoing Mistakes
  • Stretching, Trimming & Extending Objects
  • Edit Multiple Objects
  • Open and Edit the Properties Palette
  • Creating Layers
  • Colors and Linetypes
  • Turning Layers On and Off

  • Creating, Managing and Inserting blocks

  • Changing Dimension Styles
  • Creating Centre Marks, Leaders, Linear Dimensions, Angular Dimensions, and Radial Dimensions. Inserting and Editing Text in Drawings

  • Scaling your Drawing
  • Creating Viewports and Multi-View Layouts
  • Using Layout Templates and Copying Layouts
  • Plotting



Mode of Instruction
Correspondence – independent learning with tutor support

Prescribed Texts
Student Study Guide for CAD 295. Joseph W. Curry, Seneca College

        Study Guide is included in the tuition fee and will be mailed out to Correspondence students with their start up package.

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet access and an email account.

Studens muthavea Windows based computer.  Windows Home Edition is not compatible
Students must have their own copy of AutoCAD. A full version of AutoCAD is preferred since this is required for CSD 595s. Student versions of AutoCAD are available at reduced prices.

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
To obtain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests (term work) and also a passing grade on the final exam.  50% is a passing grade.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy. 

The final grade will be computed according to the following:

Assignments:    50%  
Term Test:        20%
Final Project:    30%

Approved by: Sandra Noble