EDD 171 Introduction to CAD using AutoCAD

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Stanton
Effective Date:
(AET 123 or concurrent) or (CET 125 or concurrent) or (EDD 141 or concurrent) or GIS 101, SSC 100 or concurrent


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
2.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

In this course, students are introduced to computer-aided design (CAD) and how to use AutoCAD software to create quality two-dimensional (2D) designs. Emphasis is placed on AutoCAD’s tools and features to create designs, manipulate and modify elements, assemble project data, and create printed output. 

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Initiate CAD drawings with appropriate values for all settings.  (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC CAD 1, 3, 4, 5; DEM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; GIS 1, 2, 3)
  2. Use fundamental CAD drawings and editing commands. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC CAD 1, 3, 4, 5; DEM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; GIS 1, 2, 3)
  3. Construct basic 2D drawings of mechanical, architectural, civil, and other engineering applications, complete with the necessary views, dimensions, and notes. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC CAD 1, 3, 4, 5; DEM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; GIS 1, 2, 3)
  4. Use both the printer and plotter to make hard copy drawings. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC CAD 1, 3, 4, 5; DEM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6; GIS 1, 2, 3)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Initiate CAD drawings with appropriate values for all settings.
    1. Set up drawing files with correct units, limits, snap, grid, layers, file names, and other settings.
    2. Manage and back up files for safekeeping.
    3. Organize toolbars and other screen settings for drafting efficiency.
  2. Use fundamental CAD drawings and editing commands.
    1. Use drawing commands such as line, circle, rectangle, polygon, and others.
    2. Use edit commands such as offset, array, mirror, trim, extend, and others.
  3. Construct basic 2D drawings of mechanical, architectural, civil, and other engineering applications, complete with the necessary views, dimensions, and notes.
    1. Draft a variety of basic engineering drawings using CAD software.
    2. Apply dimensions to drawings in appropriate industry formats.
    3. Set up, use, and edit text.
    4. Add notes, line types, hatch patterns, cells, and other graphic elements to drawings.
    5. Interpret and use CAD terminology and techniques.
  4. Use both the printer and plotter to make hard copy drawings.
    1. Prepare various title blocks for different paper, printer, and scale options.
    2. Use accepted industry standards for printing and plotting single and multi-view drawings.
    3. Use software settings to print and plot drawings with a variety of graphic elements, including line types, line weights, color, and others as needed for drafting clarity.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

CAD Drawing Exercises (Formative)


Exams (Summative) (Equally Weighted)


Online Quizzes (Summative) (Equally Weighted)






Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):


  1. Prepare detailed mechanical, machine, architectural, structural, HVAC, industrial piping, and electrical/electronics drawings for light commercial, manufacturing, and industrial companies.
  2. Perform routine structural design calculations required to size steel beams, columns, and decking materials in accordance to AISC standards and reinforced concrete slabs and foundation footings in accordance to ACI standards.
  3. Support manufacturing office administration activities with the ability to read and interpret drawings and specifications, prepare technically accurate drawings using both manual and CAD techniques, perform quantity surveys and organize cost data for cost estimating functions, prepare or check shop drawings, assist in the planning or coordinating of manufacturing activities, assist designers, and coordinate the preparation and review of bid packages.
  4. Provide meaningful and innovative assistance to supervising engineers or designers by developing layout design solutions to manufacturing problems, recommending alternate material substitutions or methods of production, and applying reference resources to collect, organize, and analyze required research data.
  5. Collect, organize, and analyze data for manufacturing machine parts, and prepare plans for department and/or client approval.


  1. Apply the skills, techniques, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. Apply mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, professional development, and continuous improvement.
  5. Demonstrate technical competency in engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods.
  6. Apply in-depth technical competency in applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and computer aided drafting and design.


  1. Apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of geography and geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and remote sensing (RS).
  2. Employ cartographic design principles to develop effective visual representations of geospatial data, including maps, graphs, and diagrams.
  3. Design and implement GIS systems using common geospatial software and hardware to acquire, store, manage, analyze, and visualize spatial data for a variety of disciplines.
  4. Utilize geospatial techniques and common analytical methods to solve problems.
  5. Evaluate and employ effective data management and database design techniques.
  6. Apply fundamental concepts of programming, application development, geospatial information technology, and related technologies.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.