ACT-112: Computers in Architecture

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Arch Construction-DNU
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Computers in Architecture
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the basic components of a CAD workstation. Topics include the use of network access, the Windows operating system, drive and directory structures, output, file management techniques in Windows and AutoCAD, Internet access, email, flatbed scanners, and digital cameras. Presents information related to the CAD workstation through utilizing AutoCAD.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to CAD workstation
    • Component parts
    • Basic terminology
    • Proper care and use
  2. Network principles
    • Access - log-on, passwords, confidentiality
    • Egress - log-off, proper shut-down procedures
  3. Windows Operating System
    • User interface
    • “Start” button
    • Desktop
    • Mouse functions
    • Minimize / maximize / close
    • Keyboard functions
  4. Word Processing
    • Using MS Word to create a document
    • Printing a document
    • Saving documents
  5. File, Document and Folder Management using Windows Explorer
    • Directory structure and file types
    • Creating folders
    • Copying, moving and deleting files and folders
  6. Netiquette
    • Responsible use of computers, Internet and e-mail
  7. Internet
    • Access
    • Addresses
    • Searches
    • Downloading
  8. E-mail
    • Creating Account
    • Sending e-mail
    • Address Books
    • Attachments
  9. Flatbed Scanner
    • Creating image file with scanner
  10. Digital Camera
    • Creating image file with digital camera
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Log into and out of a computer network.
  2. Operate components of a CAD workstation.
  3. Operate basic PC hardware, including common input, output, and storage devices.
  4. Use an operating system to perform file management tasks, such as finding, organizing, saving, copying, and printing files.
  5. Send and open e-mail, including attachments.*
  6. Use basic word processing functions to prepare a document that incorporates a variety of formatting options.
  7. Use a browser to locate information on the Internet, identify appropriate search terms, and use a search engine effectively and download information.
  8. Manipulate windows and files using the Windows operating system.
  9. Create image files using a flatbed scanner.
  10. Create image files using a digital camera.
Detailed Learning Objectives (Optional)
  1. Identify the component parts of a CAD station
  2. Define basic terminology involved in operating a CAD workstation
  3. Demonstrate proper care with the workstation
  4. Perform proper network access/egress and Windows operation
  5. Initiate, minimize and close programs
  6. Operate file management techniques using MS Explorer
  7. Create file folders
  8. Rename files and folders
  9. Move, Copy and Delete files and folders
  10. Create, save and print a basic word-processing document including cut, copy and paste
  11. Generate output
  12. Discuss the concept of “netiquette” as it relates to the use of the computer, the Internet and E-mail
  13. Access the Internet and perform searches
  14. Download files
  15. Create e-mail accounts
  16. Operate e-mail
  17. Create an e-mail Address Book
  18. Attach files to e-mail
  19. Operate a flatbed scanner and digital camera
  20. Process images created with a flatbed scanner and digital camera
  21. Insert image files into a document and AutoCAD

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment is based on performance of various “hands-on” activities relating to the course objectives. All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date