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Introduction to Drafting - Fall 2007


INSTRUCTOR Prof. Jenny Smith
OFFICE Building 2, Room 613
OFFICE HOURS 4:30-5:30 Mon & Wed; 7:30-8:30 Tue & Thur; 11:30-12:30 Fri
OFFICE PHONE (817) 867-5309 
E-MAIL ADDRESS jenny@example.edu
WEB PAGE http://faculty.example.edu/~jenny
COURSE PAGE http://wiki.example.edu/2007_fall_draft_1301_001/
CLASS HOURS 5:30-7:50 Mon & Wed

DESCRIPTION


This course involves a careful examination of drafting as a tool of technical communication and for solving graphical problems. Emphases are on development of basic drafting skills, visualization, and solution of spatial problems. It is an exploratory, first course in drafting designed primarily for students planning to enroll in the regular-program Drafting Technology courses upon completion of this course. However, it also meets the needs of many students with other interests, as a refresher course in drafting, a course for upgrading drafting skills, a course for IED students training to be public school industrial arts teachers, or a course that provides students with a general "feel" for the subject of drafting.

ORGANIZATION


This is a lecture-lab course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice drawings are explained, and assigned drawings are completed by students both during lab periods and outside of class. Objective and drawing-type quizzes are given daily, and there is a comprehensive final exam. The course is a prerequisite for the beginning regular-program drafting courses. DRAFT 19 students generally have had neither high school or other drafting training, nor experience in drafting employment. So when students in this course proceed to the regular-program drafting courses, if they do, they will be at approximately the same level of expertise as those who have had previous training or experience and who are permitted to waive DRAFT 19. This basic drafting course therefore assumes no previous drafting experience or training, so the initial emphases are on the use of equipment and basic procedures.

COURSE OBJECTIVES


  1. To introduce students to the use of mechanical drafting tools, to drafting procedures, and to acceptable standards of work in the industry.
  2. To introduce students to various forms of graphical representation and to selection of representations appropriate to specific needs.
  3. To introduce students to time and quality drafting production requirements.
  4. To orient students to the range of drafting methods, topics, and occupations that characterize the field.
  5. To provide students with opportunities to develop basic drafting skills in respect to sheet composition, working neatly and accurately, lettering, and line drawing

COURSE TOPICS


The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Equipment and Basic Drafting Procedures
  2. Lettering; Symbols
  3. Drafting Geometry and Single-View Drawing
  4. Orthographic Projection
  5. Dimensions
  6. Auxiliary Views
  7. Sectional Views
  8. Pictorial Drawing (isometric and perspective drawing)
  9. Threads
  10. Weldments
  11. Developments
  12. Introduction to Descriptive Geometry
  13. Introduction to Computer Drafting
  14. Architectural Working Drawings (plans, sections, and elevations)

TEXT AND REQUIRED SUPPLIES


  1. Required text: Basic Technical Drawing, by Spencer & Dygdon
  2. Supplies: see separate list with pictures.

GRADING PLAN


Coursework will be weighted as follows:

  1. Drawings 45%
  2. Quizzes 25%
  3. Final exam 20%
  4. Attendance 10%

DRAWINGS

A drawing will be assigned almost every class period. Each drawing will be graded unless there are major errors or omissions and it is returned for correction or completion. Drawings with minor detail or other non-conceptual errors will be graded as submitted, and letter grades will be given.

Drawing due dates will be given to you for each assignment. Drawings will usually be due at the beginning of class periods on the due dates (unless specifically stated otherwise). Unless you are absent on the day an assignment is due, it will not be accepted later than at the beginning of the class period when it is due. If you are absent from class when a drawing is due, it will be accepted late - but only if submitted immediately upon your return and only if an acceptable, written "excuse," is presented. If you cannot attend class when a drawing is due and cannot provide an acceptable written excuse, you should send your drawing to class with a friend, family member, or other person. An "acceptable" excuse for an absence is only one which is judged so by the instructor. Due dates will not be changed because of earlier absences.

QUIZZES

There will be many drawing-type and other quizzes (probably one almost every class period). Quizzes will relate to current and previous topics. A quiz may be given at any time during any class period - immediately after a lecture, at the beginning or end of a class, etc. There will be no make-up quizzes - none even later during the same class period. Quizzes will be given only to those students who are present when the quizzes are passed out.

FINAL EXAM

The final exam will be comprehensive and entirely drawing-type. It will be given at the time shown at the end of the schedule that follows.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance will be graded as follows:

No absences A+
One absence A
Two absences B
Three absences C
Four or more absences F

Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be recorded but not figured in the attendance grade. Likewise, one absence for which advance notice is given by phone or in person will not be figured in the attendance grade. Any significant tardy or early departure from class will be figured as a half absence.

Also, anyone who has more than four class-long, unexcused absences will receive an "F" grade for the COURSE. Keep in mind that this is an occupational course, and attendance is important here just as it will be in the employment for which this course is in part designed to prepare you.

If required, required attendance needs to be explainable, incorporated into course or activity objectives, and clarified the very first day of class. Six to 10 absences are often considered "reasonable" in employment over a year, and a semester course meets about one-quarter of a year, usually fewer than five days a week, and only a few hours each time, so six absences plus "excusable" absences and one "freebie" is probable reasonable in an occupational course.

GENERAL

Your recorded grades will be available for your review at any convenient time. Do remember to keep all drawings and quizzes returned to you so that any discrepancies can be easily and fairly straightened out. Except in cases of actual error, final grades are permanent. The last day to withdraw from the course is Friday, October 16.

Final "I" grades will not be permitted except in cases of prolonged, continuous, and excused absences in the latter half of the course. Under no circumstances will an "I" grade be given when more than half of the coursework has not been completed.

Final "N" grades will be given only in very rare and exceptional cases. An "N" will never be given simply to replace a grade that you would prefer not to receive.

You will be required to meet privately with the instructor in his office at least one time outside of class time early in the course and to complete at least two evaluation-type exercises during the course.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT


  1. No radios are allowed in class unless operated only with headphones and only during drawing periods.
  2. No drawing is permitted during lecture periods.
  3. Food and beverages are not permitted in the classroom. This includes plate lunches, drinks, candy, etc. whether opened or not.
  4. Class lab time is expected to be spent in lab work. Lab time is not free time. Attendance and concerted work on assignments are required. Work at home will be required in addition to work during lab times (work at home should not substitute for work during lab periods).

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES


  1. Evacuation procedures - see instructions posted in the classroom.
  2. First aid kit - located in Room 612. All instructors have a key to the room.
  3. Emergency ambulance - from any instructor's office, phone "9" to get an outside line, then "911." There are also phones on other floors and at the bookstore and nurse's office on the ground floor.
  4. Campus security - phone "142" Mon, Tues, or Fri 7:00 am - 4:30 pm, Wed or Thrs 7:00am - 6:30pm; phone "245" Mon through Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Thrs 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

YOUR IDEAS, EVALUATIONS, ETC.


In general, your ideas, comments, suggestions, questions, grade challenges, etc. are welcome. Your discretion in these matters is expected, however. No part of your grade will be based on anything other than your coursework and attendance.

You are encouraged to take advantage of instructor office hours for help with coursework or anything else connected with the course and your progress.

SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESS


For most students this will not be a "difficult" course. However, there will probably be some students who did well in academic courses where information was most important and who will be surprised at the relative difficulty of this course where manual skills and visualization are most important. So do not think that if you are a "B" student you will probably get a "B" in this course. You might get an "A" with relative ease . . . or a "C" with difficulty, and still be (and correctly so) a "B student" in your information-heavy, mainly lecture-type courses. The courses that follow this will be significantly different. For specific suggestions, check out suggestions for success at our Internet site.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE


DATE DAY DRWG TOPIC/ACTIVITY
AUG 24 MON   Introduction to the course
26 WED 1 EQUIPMENT AND BASIC PROCEDURES
Use of equipment; funndamental operations, etc.
31 MON 2 LETTERING
Lettering form and technique
SEP 2 WED 3 SYMBOLS
Materials symbols and applications
9 WED 4 DRAFTING GEOMETRY
Basic constructions
14 MON 5 Application of constructions
16 WED 6 ORTHOGRAPHIC DRAWING (three-view drawing)
Video; practice drawings.
21 MON 7 Applications
23 WED 8 DIMENSIONING
Principles and standards of size description; practice problems
28 MON 9 Detailed dimensioning
30 WED 10 11 AUXILIARY VIEWS
Theory and types of auxiliaries; drawing practice
SECTIONAL VIEWS
Types of sections; simple drawing practice
OCT 5 MON 12 Applications
7 WED 13 PICTORIAL DRAWING
Isometric drawing - standards, procedures, and practice problems
12 MON 14 Basic isometric drawing
14 WED 15 Perspective drawing - theory, procedures, simple practice problem. Last day day to withdraw from the course is Friday this week.
19 MON 16 Application of perspective drawing procedures
21 WED 17 THREADS
Thread forms and drawing procedures - detailed representation
26 MON 18 Nuts and bolts - schematic representation
28 WED 19 20 WELDMENTS
Types, symbols, and drawing conventions
DEVELOPMENTS
Theory and procedures; practice problem - simple, flat-sided object
NOV 2 MON 21 INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE GEOMETRY
Theory; points and lines in space; successive views
4 WED 22 True lengths and pojnt projections
9 MON 23 Edge views and true shapes
16 MON 24 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER DRAFTING
Basic operations
18 WED   CAD operations
23 MON 25 CAD operations
25 WED   CAD Operations
30 MON 26 ARCHITECTURAL WORKING DRAWINGS
Basic floor plans
DEC 2 WED   Dimensioning the basic plan
7 MON 27 Basic building construction and wall sections
9 WED   Labeling and dimensioning wall sections
14 MON   Final Exam, 5:30-8:20
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