TAGD-110: Basic Shape and Size Interpretation

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Trade & Apprentice Education
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Graphic Design
Course Number
Course Title
Basic Shape and Size Interpretation
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the concepts of shape and size description of normal surfaced, inclined (single-angle) surfaced, and cylindrical objects. Presents traditional and computer-based drafting techniques. Covers projection of three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional representations, the reverse process, and sketching and modeling of objects.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to drafting equipment and the Alphabet of Lines.
  2. Use and care of drafting instruments, lettering, and title blocks.
  3. Drawing normal surfaces.
  4. Orthographic projection of normal surfaces.
  5. Modeling and pictorial drawing of normal surfaces.
  6. Geometric constructions and orthographic projection of cylindrical surfaces.
  7. Drawing cylindrical surfaces and sub-titles.
  8. Modeling and pictorial drawing of cylindrical surfaces.
  9. Section views.
  10. Auxilliary views.
  11. Dimensioning normal surfaces.
  12. Dimensioning cylindrical surfaces.
  13. Assembly drawings.
  14. Material lists, change blocks, and notes.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Demonstrate the use and maintenance of basic drafting instruments.
  • Utilize various drawings of example objects to develop special relationships.*
  • Introduce the use of 3-dimensional models to develop spatial relationships.*
  • Use spacial relationships to draw objects.*
  • Utilize actual objects that will be manufactured in other classes as drawing objects in this class.     
  • Assessment and Requirements

    Assessment of Academic Achievement

    All students will be required to complete a comprehensive final examination that assesses the learning of all course objectives.  This exam will consist of four drawings, at least one being a CAD drawing.  This exam must be weighted in a manner so that the exam score is worth a minimum of fifteen percent of the final course grade.  This exam is to be a common exam administered to all sections of TAGD 110.

    General Course Requirements and Recommendations

    The student will be required to bring to class drafting equipment that will be identified in the first session (or mailed to the students prior to the first meeting).


    Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


    Approval Dates

    Effective Term
    Fall 2014
    ILT Approval Date
    AALC Approval Date
    Curriculum Committee Approval Date
    Review Semester
    Fall 2014