ACT-116: Basic Architectural CAD

This course is INACTIVE
Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Architecture/Construction Tech
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Basic Architectural CAD
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

An entry-level course presenting computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture software (CAD). Emphasizes the efficient use of CAD to draw floor plans, elevations, and other related architectural details. Covers drawing and editing commands, layering, hatching, dimensioning, model and paper space, blocks, and printing. Also covers three-dimensional wall, door, window, and roof creation using AutoCAD Architecture software. ACT 101 is a recommended co-requisite.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to CAD menu system
  2. Creating drawing aids
  3. Controlling screen display
  4. Drawing geometric shapes
  5. Controlling drawing accuracy
  6. Modifying and editing objects
  7. Using inquiry commands
  8. Creating and saving drawing files
  9. Drawing organization
  10. Selecting objects
  11. Placing text on drawings
  12. Plotting drawings in model and paper space
  13. Placing patterns and hatching on drawings
  14. Creating and editing blocks
  15. Creating dimension styles
  16. Creating and modifying drawing dimensions
  17. Creating wall styles
  18. Creating door and window styles
  19. Drawing walls, doors, and windows accurately
  20. Creating basic roof shapes
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe terminology, concepts, and techniques related to CAD
  2.  Demonstrate file management techniques
  3.  Create a drawing using proper setup techniques
  4.  Manage display commands to magnify and maneuver efficiently within a drawing*
  5.  Explain the advantages of the different CAD coordinate systems
  6.  Manage line geometry accurately using at least two different methods
  7. Create a drawing from information and sketches in a designated time constraint*
  8.  Demonstrate a variety of methods for selecting geometry for editing
  9.  Execute edit commands to create new shapes from existing shapes
  10. Edit objects by manipulating their grips
  11. Obtain information about objects using inquiry commands
  12. Create and organize a layering scheme for a drawing
  13. Create and manipulate text styles to create architectural annotation
  14. Apply hatch patterns at the appropriate scale
  15. Create, insert, and edit blocks*
  16. Insert objects using design center
  17. Create and manipulate viewports in paper space
  18. Arrange a drawing to plot at a specified scale in model space and paper space*
  19. Create and edit dimension styles
  20. Demonstrate a drawing in model space
  21. Create wall, door, and window styles
  22. Create basic roof shapes using the roof command
  23. Manipulate and view 3-dimensional (3D) geometry for editing
General Information

This course is being deactivated as part of the catalog cleanup project in 23/WI. It is not part of any active program and has not been offered in 3 or more years.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

The following assessment tools will be common to all sections:

  • Lab assignments
  • Multiple-choice question tests
  • Timed performance tests
  • Multiple-choice question final exam
  • Student attendance


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details
  1. Provide, in writing, a request to the department indicating the proposed rationale for requesting credit and describing the type of college-level learning upon which the request is based.
  2. Submit a portfolio of work and documentation to substantiate the request.
  3. Schedule an interview with the appropriate instructor(s) to discuss the request and portfolio.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2024
Deactivation Date
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Summer 2024