BEA001 - CAD Fundamentals

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Last revision date Sep 28, 2015 12:33:54 AM
Last review date Dec 7, 2015 12:15:40 AM

Subject Title
CAD Fundamentals

Subject Description
This is an introductory subject in computer aided drafting and design technology using the latest release of Autodesk software to produce two-dimensional drawings in accordance with industry standards and conventions.

Credit Status
One subject 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 the Cartesian coordinate system and its functionality within AutoCAD environment.
  3. input numerical data in Cartesian and surveying formats to produce accurate layout geometry in a timely manner.
  4. apply various basic Draw commands to create two-dimensional discipline-specific drawings based on Seneca Drafting Standards.
  5. apply Linear and Aligned Dimensions, Leaders, Line Types, and Line Weights to drawings based on discipline specific drafting conventions and Seneca Drafting Standards.
  6. apply various, basic Modify commands to change drawings.
  7. create and insert basic blocks into AutoCAD drawings.
  8. inquiry areas, coordinates and distances in AutoCAD environment.
  9. demonstrate Set up and Plot of scaled drawings optimized for display to the system printer/plotter using proper font sizes and linetype scales.

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

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

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

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

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

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Admission to first semester of a CBE  program.

Topic Outline
Week 1 – CAD interface, workspaces, draw and zoom commands.
Week 2 – Cartesian coordinate system, data input using azimuths and distances.
Week 3 – Object Selection techniques, grip editing, Polar Coordinate input
Week 4 – Modify commands, Polylines, Stretch command.
Week 5 –  Layers and properties, Linetypes and linetype scales.
Week 6 – Formatting units, imperial and metric units, types of angular units, unit accuracy.
Week 7 – Drafting Scales.
Week 8 – Study Week (no class)
Week 9 – Annotation, text styles, special text characters (diameter, degree)
Week 10 – Introduction to Seneca Drafting Standards, viewport scales, paper space layout
Week 11 – Linear, aligned and radial dimensions, mulitleaders, dimension styles, editing dimensions.
Week 12 – Blocks, Hatch Command
Week 13 – Inquiry commands
Week 14 – Scaled Plotting
Week 15 – Exam Week

Mode of Instruction
Professors may use multiple teaching modes, such as:

  • Lecture
  • Classroom discussion
  • Small group work
  • Question and answer techniques
  • Independent learning
  • Printed or electronically recorded or transmitted materials
  • Demonstration

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Cheryl R. Shrock. Beginning AutoCAD 2012 Exercise Workbook.  Industrial Press. New York. ISBN 978-0-8311-3430-3

Photocopied instructional/learning materials will be provided as needed.

Required Supplies
Current release of AutoCAD Educational Edition available free for download from AutoDesk Education Community.

Student Progression and 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

Mid Term Test 20%
Final Exam 25%
Assignments/Labs 55%
Total 100%

Approved by: Rebecca Isowa