Architectural CAD 1
AutoSketch

 

Semester   Program

 

The module is designed to provide the student with the basic skills to use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) for the production of simple architectural drawings, and provide the basis for further studies in CAD.

AutoSketch is a two dimensional (2-D) CAD software with no three dimensional (3-D) capability. For the successful completion of this unit it is important to have access to AutoSketch.

There are 10 lessons of four hours duration (1st Term or 2nd Term). Students need to practice an additional two to four hours at home or college to achieve the objectives. Remember, practice makes perfect!

Assessing is done by observation, class exercises and timed tests.

 

Classes run for 10 weeks

 

The attached key competencies an ability statement (of AQF III) are an integral part of this unit.

 

Week 1

Introduction

  Screen layout

Title bar, menu bar, property bar, edit bar, drawing window, status bar

  Entities

Line, arc, circle, poly line, rectangle, fitted curve, marker, text
dimension, off set, hatch, inquiry entity

  Snap points

End-, mid- grid- intersection-point, snap mode off

 

Basic setting and drawing requirements

  Page setup (size, format, margins. Printer page)

  Basic settings (units, scales and drawing)

  Simple drawing exercise (lines, snap points, rectangles, polygons etc)

  Layer setup

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

Lecturer will assist and guide students

 

 

Week 2

Managing drawing files

  Opening and deleting drawing files, combining two drawings,
saving a drawing, closing a drawing

  Importing other drawings then AutoSketch (.SKF)-format)

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

 

Drawing lines and curves

  Cursor position, grid point input mode etc.

  Keyboard inputs

  Setting pen properties

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

Lecturer will assist and guide students

 

 

Week 3

Angle modes and rectangular & polar co-ordinates

  Standard compass, relative polar

  Double lines and offsets

  Jump settings to position a symbol of a window

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

 

Trimming entities

  Trim corner, (trim round, trim beveled)

  Trim channel, trim divide

  Trim edge

  Trim union

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

Lecturer will assist and guide students

 

 

Week 4

Class test 1 Drawing a simple house plan

  Reproduce the drawing No_1. CAD.

 

Symbol library

  Using symbol libraries

  Inserting a symbol

  Placing a symbol

  Copying and posting

  Using explode

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

 

 

Week 5

Transform commands

  Scaling entities

  Rotating entities

  Mirroring entities

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

 

Dimensioning

  Linear dimensions (verticl/horizontal/aligned)

  Baseline-, angular-, radius dimensions

  Single- and chained dimensions

Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

 

 

Week 6

Assessment 1 (LO 3)

Time 2 hours

 

Tutorial

Students can work on new or unfinished drawing exercises.

 

 

Week 7

Drawing a site plan

  Reproduce the drawing No_2. CAD .

Lecturer will assist and guide students

 

Proto type drawing

    Settings graphic options

  Settings drawing options

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

 

 

Week 8

Section and elevation

  Tiling (arranging drawing windows

  Inserting window and door symbols

  Hands on exercises to practice drawing skills

 

Complete set of building plans

  Floor plan

  Section

  Elevastion

  details

 

 

Week 9

Continuation with set of building plans

 

Examination

Assessment 2 (all LOs)

Create a small scale architectural drawing using basic drawing elements.

 

 

Week 10

Revision

All topics - (Questions & Answers)

 

Resits

students can remove a H-grade

 

 

Assessment

Class exercises by observation 15%

Class tests No 1 15%

Class tests No 2 15%

Assessment 1 25%

Assessment 2 30%

100%

 

A pass rate of 50% for each assessment component is required to pass the subject.

 

Program is subject to change without further notice.


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