DFTG-1491 Special Topics in Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General


Douglas Smith

Credit Fall 2022


Section(s)

DFTG-1491-001 (47582)
DST DIL ONL DIL

LAB DIL ONL DIL

Are you prepared to take this course?

This course has a MANDATORY* on-campus Orientation meeting on Friday, TBA, from 1:00pm until 3:00pm in room 1526 of Highland campus where students will receive an overview of the course and online expectations. Other meetings will be held in an on-line format although the professor may be available for face-2-face meetings at Highland campus as necessary.

Are you prepared to take Dftg 1491? - Please read carefully:

Dftg 1491 is the course where students restore their CAD projects from the advanced CAD courses they have taken in their specialization and refine these projects and collect them into a digital portfolio in an effort to prepare them in the best possible way for future job interviews - or in some cases - for transfer to a university program. Students also create resumes, references and learn job interviewing skills in this course. From a student's point of view, the goal of the course is to prepare for a job search. For this reason, Dftg 1491 is designated the CAPSTONE course of the A&E CAD program, but because it is the capstone course, it is also used by the A&E CAD faculty to assess each student's work before awarding him/her a certificate or degree. For these reasons, students should not take this course until they have completed ALL or MOST of the advanced courses for their degree or certificate.

Sometimes a student who needs 2 or 3 advanced CAD courses plus Dftg 1491 enrolls for all of these courses in the same semester. Because the student needs the projects from the advanced courses to use in his/her portfolio, but hasn’t yet drawn them - and probably won’t have them until the end of the semester - this is not a good strategy either. This student would probably be better off completing the advanced courses and then enrolling for Dftg 1491 in the following semester. That way, the projects from all the advanced courses can be used as the raw materials for their portfolio.

Remember, the ultimate goal is for you to create an outstanding CAD portfolio that will pave the way for you to do well in job interviews.

If you are taking Dftg 1491 as a requirement to complete an A&E CAD certificate this summer but you are committed to completing the AAS degree next semester, I would recommend postponing taking Dftg 1491 in the summer and let us substitute another Dftg course in place of Dftg 1491 in the certificate. That way you can still earn your certificate this semester but will have more Dftg coursework completed before you enroll for Dftg 1491 in order to complete the AAS degree in the following semester.

Note: Students that are seeking ONLY an A&E CAD Certificate (not an AAS degree later) are required to take Dftg 1491 in order to receive the certificate and won't be allowed to substitute another course in its place.

Please take the above into consideration before enrolling for Dftg 1491. If you have questions, email me at douglas@austincc.edu.


Portfolio Class-Required Orientation and Technology

This is a hybrid course. This Capstone course is only open to students who have completed the majority of the technical courses required for their degree or certificate - students enrolling for this course are strongly encouraged to contact the professor prior to the end of the Spring semester to see if they qualify for this course.  This course has a MANDATORY* on-campus Orientation meeting in room 1525 of the Highland Campus on Friday, August 26, from 1:00pm until 3:00pm where students will receive an overview of the course and online expectations. The professor will conduct live, online meetings on TBA from 12:30pm until 1:30pm. Participation in these meetings is strongly recommended although videos and other instructional materials for each assignment are available in Blackboard.  *Instructional class meetings will be recorded and posted to Blackboard for students who are not able to attend. Students will receive a detailed confirmation email from the professor prior to the start date. Contact the instructor, Douglas Smith, via email: douglas@austincc.edu with course questions.

Following the orientation meeting, I will hold live, online Google meetings on TBA from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

Here is the link to these weekly meetings:  TBA

Students will access all of the curriculum for this course from Blackboard. Students will receive a detailed confirmation email from the professor prior to the start date.

Contact Douglas Smith: email douglas@austincc.edu with course questions.

Technology Requirements

Since this course is 100% online, students are required to have the appropriate technology to successfully participate in the course. 

Internet Access: Students must have access to a high speed internet connection (at least 20 Mbps download speed). Click here to test your internet speed. 

Computer Hardware Requirements:

Computer Hardware Requirements: Students must have access to a high speed internet connection and a computer with a Windows 10 operating system that can run desktop software capable of opening work created in prior courses (AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Solidworks, Creo, MasterCAM, Cadence Virtuoso, Cadence Allegro, Civil 3D plus Powerpoint* or Adobe Illustrator**). Students can usually download the CAD software for free (except for Cadence products). Online meetings require a computer to have a speaker (or telephone) for audio.

Please note: CAD software runs only on the Windows operating system. It will not run on a Chromebook or Macs with the new M1 chipset. (Intel-based) Mac users will need either Apple Boot Camp or Parallels (click for guides) installed to run CAD software. 

Software Requirements: Software Requirements: You must have the CAD program installed on your computer necessary to open your CAD files plus Powerpoint* or Adobe Illustrator**. Students can download most CAD software for free (except for Cadence Virtuoso). We also recommend downloading a free student version of Bluebeam Revu. ACC students qualify for discounted *Microsoft Office products and **Adobe Creative Cloud purchases. See the Downloading CAD Software link in Blackboard for more information. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.

ACC students qualify for free Microsoft Office product access. We have posted a guide to obtaining FREE educational access to Microsoft Office on our website here. This course qualifies for discounted Adobe Creative Cloud access. After registering for this course, please use this link to for more information and to purchase your license: https://www.austincc.edu/adobe.

Recommended Accessories: A dual monitor display setup is strongly recommended. A computer with a webcam and a microphone is recommended. If you don’t have access to the technology required for this course, please click here to request help.

Important Meeting Dates

MANDATORY* on-campus Orientation meeting                                           Friday, August 26, from 1:00pm until 3:00pm in room 1525 of Highland campus

First Draft of Resume & Portfolio Outline                                                                                                                                             Friday, TBA, 5:00pm

Submit Word file to instructor through Blackboard

Midterm Portfolio Reviews (By Appointment)                                                                                                                                             Refer to Blackboard

Last day to Withdraw                                                                                                                                                    Consult ACC Academic Online Calendar

August Graduation Application Deadline                                                                                                                       Consult ACC Academic Online Calendar

Final Portfolio Reviews (By Appointment)                                                                                                                                                     Refer to Blackboard

Accessing CAD Work from Previous Semesters

You will need to access technical drawings from advanced classes taken in previous semesters.

This will require you to have the CAD program installed on your computer necessary to reopen these CAD files. If you do not have access to these CAD programs on your remote computer, you may not be able to complete this course without coming to the Highland campus and accessing the A&E CAD department’s computers.

Click on the Accessing Your CAD Files on ACC Servers link in the left navigation menu of Blackboard for how to restore files saved on the A&E CAD server in past semesters.

ACC Email

All communication to students will be sent solely to the student’s ACCmail account, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion. ACC will send important information and will notify you of any college related emergencies using this account.  Students should expect to receive email communication from their instructor using this account unless other arrangements have been made.  Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff.  Instructions for activating an ACCmail account can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/accmail/index.php.

Blackboard (Bb)

The entire curriculum of this course will be available online through Blackboard:

·        Distribution of handouts, readings and assignments

·        Instructional Materials including Videos

·        Submissions of assignments and activities

·        Grading

As instructed by your professor, students are required to access instructional materials via Blackboard on a weekly basis.

For help setting up your ACCeID, ACC Gmail, or ACC Blackboard, contact a Learning Lab Technician at any ACC Learning Lab.


Course Rationale, Description and Materials

This course serves as the capstone course for the A&E CAD department and is the course in which most of the department's Program-Level Student Learning Objectives (PSLO's) are assessed.

Course Rationale

This course guides students through the process of creating a professional quality A&E CAD portfolio, resume and references. Job hunting techniques and interviewing skills and strategies are also discussed and presented. This is the A&E CAD department’s capstone course and is only open to students who have completed the majority of the technical courses required for their degree or certificate.

Course Description

For the Summer semester this course is a hybrid distance education/laboratory course. In this course the student selects and develops an advanced course of study under the direction of the professor in the specific area of employment the student is seeking. Particular attention is given to the development of a portfolio suitable for job hunting in the A&E CAD field. May be taken a second time for credit if student arranges for a CAD internship (departmental approval required).

Required Text and Materials

Textbook: Dftg 1491 Student Guide (furnished on‐line via Blackboard)

Portfolio case: Creation of a physical portfolio is not required when this course is 100% online. Students will submit their portfolio to the professor as a 17 X 11 PDF file instead. If you would like to print your portfolio and create a physical portfolio, I recommend the (Itoya Art Profolio 11 X 17- available at Jerry’s Artarama, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or on-line) or comparable model.


Grading and Attendance Policy

Grade Determination:

All projects will be submitted through Blackboard.

Grades will be determined as follows:

Students can earn a total of 100 points.

·        90-100 points = A

·        80-89 Points = B

·        70-79 Points = C

“C” Option

70 points – Produce and submit a professional quality portfolio of A&E CAD work suitable for seeking employment in the technical drawing field (as judged by the professor at the final portfolio review) ‐ containing 30 – 40 sheets (a minimum of 25 sheets containing technical drawings or graphics).

  • 25 Points for Portfolio Outline and Midterm Portfolio Review & Submission:

Portfolio Outline:  The student will prepare an outline of their proposed portfolio following the directions shown in Module 1 of Blackboard and submit it by the date assigned at the orientation – this outline is worth 5 points.

Midterm Portfolio Review:  Using the approved outline as a guide, the student will continue to follow the directions in Module 1 to create a Midterm Portfolio which is a draft, or mockup, of the 17 X 11 portfolio with drawings placed in their intended order, with either redlines from previous semesters completed and printed or the actual redlined drawing sheets as a placeholder and is due on the date assigned by your professor. The Midterm Portfolio is worth 20 points. Note: Points for the outline and midterm are awarded after these assignments have been reviewed and accepted by your professor. Students are responsible for obtaining redlined final drawings from previous instructors at the beginning of this semester and should set appointments to review drawings with former faculty before the midterm review. Faculty members will review portfolios individually with students at this review and may provide redlines, markups, comments and/or corrections to projects, but no redlines or markups will be provided after the Midterm Review. Students are also responsible for recovering digital files for revision from coursework in previous semesters. The final resume and references are due at this meeting. .

Attendance at the Midterm Portfolio Review is mandatory — students who fail to attend this review on the date assigned (or make other arrangements) may be dropped from the course.

  • 45 Points for the Final Portfolio Review & Submission:

Final Review:  After the midterm review, students will follow the directions shown in Module 1 of Blackboard to create their final portfolio which should include all sheets in a 17 X 11 format, placed in their intended order, with all corrections completed, divider pages and cover sheets included, and any other requirements as outlined in the course material. At the Final Portfolio Review, students shall make a portfolio presentation to the full‐time faculty noting projects and drawings which demonstrate the skills, behaviors, and competencies defined by the Program‐Level Student Learning Outcomes have been mastered for the award (degree or certificate) the student is seeking. Students should submit the Final Portfolio review form, including 2 peer reviews at, or before, this meeting.

“B” Option:

80- 89 Points - Complete “C” work and produce a professional quality resume* and references suitable for seeking employment in the A&E CAD field. 15 points total as broken down below:

  • 7.5 Points for the Resume (must be accepted by your professor for credit)
  • 7.5 Points for the References (must be accepted by your professor credit)

*The first draft of the Resume is due by 5:00pm on the date assigned. Send your resume as a Word document attached to an email to the instructor by the due date. The student should also submit an outline or schematic of their proposed portfolio at the time they submit the first draft of their resume.

The final resume and references are due at the midterm meeting.

          “A” Option:

          90 – 100 points - Complete “C” and “B” work as noted above and complete one or more of the extra job          interviewing activities shown below (15 points maximum):

  • 7.5 Points for attending Big Interview Online Training offered through ACC’s Career Services Center.
  • 7.5 Points for attending Practice Job Interview Training offered through ACC’s Career Services Center.
  • 15 Points for providing proof that you have interviewed for, and been offered, a paid CAD job. In most cases, this proof is substantiated by providing your professor with an offer letter from the organization.

Incomplete Grades:

See ACC policy in Withdrawals and Incompletes section below.

Academic Integrity

Sharing any portion of drawing file of a class project with another student without the consent of the professor, or representing another student’s drawing file or image as your own work, is a violation of the A&E CAD department’s Scholastic Dishonesty policy.

Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of the violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an “F” in the course, the assignment being replaced with a different project with a reduced maximum grade, and/or expulsion from the college.

In consultation with the department chair, the instructor may resolve a scholastic dishonesty matter in one or more of the following ways:

  • Dismissing the allegation;
  • Issuing a written warning that further violations may result in additional penalties;
  • Requiring the student to revise or replace the work in which the violation occurred – including a reduced maximum grade;
  • A reduction in the grade on the work in question;
  • A failing grade on the work in question;
  • A failing grade or other denial of credit in the course;
  • Recommending disciplinary sanctions to the Dean of Student Services.

Within 5 (five) business days of the meeting with the student, the instructor shall provide written notification of the resolution to the student, the department chair, the instructional dean, for informational purposes, and to the Dean of Student Services, for possible disciplinary action.


Withdrawals and Incompletes Policy

ACC Withdrawal Policy

The College defines withdrawals as occurring after the official reporting date of the semester, typically the 12th class day.  In addition, the Legislature has mandated the Rule of Six (see below).  There may also be financial aid issues.

“It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the rolls should they decide to withdraw from the class.  The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary.  If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is recorded before the Final Withdrawal Date.  It is the student's responsibility to learn the Final Withdrawal date (consult ACC's online calendars).  The student is also strongly encouraged to keep any paperwork in case a problem arises.

Students are responsible for understanding the impact that withdrawal from a course may have on their financial aid, veterans’ benefits, and international student status.  Per state law, students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2007 or later at any public Texas college or university may not withdraw (receive a “W”) from more than six courses during their undergraduate college education. Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to withdraw from a course without having it count toward this limit. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor when making decisions about course selection, course loads, and course withdrawals.

ACC Incomplete Policy

Students may request an Incomplete from their faculty member if they believe circumstances warrant.  The faculty member will determine whether the Incomplete is appropriate to award or not.  The following processes must be followed when awarding a student an I grade. 

1.      Prior to the end of the semester in which the “I” is to be awarded, the student must meet with the instructor to determine the assignments and exams that must be completed prior to the deadline date.  This meeting can occur virtually or in person.  The instructor should complete the Report of Incomplete Grade form.

2.     The faculty member will complete the form, including all requirements to complete the course and the due date, sign (by typing in name) and then email it to the student.  The student will then complete his/her section, sign (by typing in name), and return the completed form to the faculty member to complete the agreement.  A copy of the fully completed form can then be emailed by the faculty member to the student and the department chair for each grade of Incomplete that the faculty member submits at the end of the semester.   

3.      The student must complete all remaining work by the date specified on the form above.  This date is determined by the instructor in collaboration with the student, but it may not be later than the final withdrawal deadline in the subsequent long semester.  

4.      Students will retain access to the course Blackboard page through the subsequent semester in order to submit work and complete the course. Students will be able to log on to Blackboard and have access to the course section materials, assignments, and grades from the course and semester in which the Incomplete was awarded.  

5.      When the student completes the required work by the Incomplete deadline, the instructor will submit an electronic Grade Change Form to change the student’s performance grade from an “I” to the earned grade of A, B, C, D, or F. 

If an Incomplete is not resolved by the deadline, the grade automatically converts to an “F.”  Approval to carry an Incomplete for longer than the following semester or session deadline is not frequently granted.”


Course Requirements

Course Contract:

The majority of the course is self-paced.  Students will plan, design and produce their own portfolios.  Students will submit a Course Contract through Blackboard following the orientation meeting. 


Portfolio Development Flow Chart


Qualities of Successful Distance Learners

Distance learning requires a unique set of knowledge, skills and attitudes in order for students to be successful. Even students who excel in a face-to-face setting may struggle in a distance learning course if they are not prepared or do not know what to expect. Clearly explaining the factors that will help them successfully adapt to the distance learning mode of delivery will set proper expectations with your student and improve their chances of success.

The personal traits and characteristics that contribute to success in distance learning courses, as identified by ACC's Instructional Development Series, are listed below:

 

 

Personal Qualities of Successful Distance Learners

  • Sets goals and deadlines
  • Remains on track and on time
  • Completes projects
  • Seeks assistance (from instructor and/or classmates) when needed
  • Possesses strong reading and writing skills
  • Communicates comfortably via email and other online platforms
  • Possesses strong problem solving skills
  • Plans in advance to provide adequate time for completing readings and assignments
  • Learns from things they hear, like lectures, audio recordings and podcasts
  • Has a designated, distraction-free place to work on assignments
  • Focuses on reading/studying despite distractions
  • Willing to spend 10-20 hours a week on the online course
  • Keeps a record of assignments and due dates
  • Plans to login to the online class daily
  • Students with disabilities know who to contact for assistance

 


Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Prepare a professional-quality portfolio suitable for seeking employment in the fields of technical drawing and CAD.
  • Prepare a resume suitable for seeking employment in the fields of technical drawing and CAD.
  • Prepare references suitable for seeking employment in the fields of technical drawing and CAD.
  • Apply job hunting strategies and interviewing skills required of a job search in the A&E CAD field.

A&E CAD PROGRAM LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLO’s) – At the completion of an award (certificate or AAS degree) students will create a portfolio of projects the demonstrate mastery of the PSLO’s defined for the award. Note: In most cases, successful completion of the projects assigned in the advanced courses of the award meets the standard set by the PSLO. A&E CAD awards and their corresponding PSLO’s are listed below:

At the completion of the AAS degree –Architectural Specialization ‐ the student will be able to:

A1.     Operate AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) software including computer aided drafting (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), and 3D modeling applications to plan and prepare construction documents and technical graphics appropriate to the architecture and construction industries.

A2.     Utilize various architectural drawing types and determine their appropriate uses in architectural projects to demonstrate knowledge of building systems and familiarity with building codes.

A3.     Demonstrate knowledge of architectural concepts of foundational architecture courses as outlined in the 2014 Student Performance Criteria (SPC) established by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

  I1.       Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare documents and technical graphics appropriate to a range of

             design, manufacturing, and construction industries.

At the completion of the AAS degree –Civil Specialization ‐ the student will be able to:

C1.     Utilize CAD drafting & design software to plan and prepare construction documents, technical graphics and visualizations appropriate to the civil infrastructure industry.

 

C2.     Demonstrate knowledge of civil drafting and design procedures; familiarity with design criteria, and their appropriate uses in civil infrastructure projects.

 

C3.     Perform analyses and calculations suitable for civil infrastructure drafting & design processes.I1.    Utilize CAD

           software to plan and prepare documents and technical graphics appropriate to a range of design,

           manufacturing, and   construction industries.

 

  I1.       Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare documents and technical graphics appropriate to a range of

             design, manufacturing, and construction industries.

 

At the completion of the AAS degree –Mechanical Specialization ‐ the student will be able to:

M1.    Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare documents and technical graphics appropriate to the mechanical engineering industry.

 

M2.    Generate code from CAD/CAM software to operate a 3‐axis CNC milling machine to manufacture a mechanical part.

 

M3.    Illustrate correct usage of ASME Y14.5 and other associated mechanical standards in technical graphics of capstone projects.

 

  I1.        Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare documents and technical graphics appropriate to a range of

              design, manufacturing, and construction industries.

 

At the completion of the AAS degree –Electronics Graphics Specialization ‐ the student will be able to:

  E1.    Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare technical graphics and documentation appropriate to

            the Electrical/Electronic Engineering industry.

 

  E2.     Utilize CAD software to translate schematics, logic diagrams, and other technical graphics into the physical

            layout of Integrated Circuits and Printed Circuits.

 

  E3.    Employ CAD‐based verification tools and techniques to debug Integrated Circuit layouts

 

  I1.    Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare documents and technical graphics appropriate to a range of design,

           manufacturing, and construction industries.

 

At the completion of the Architectural Drafting/BIM Certificate‐ the student will be able to:

 

A1.     Operate AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) software including computer aided drafting (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), and 3D modeling applications to plan and prepare construction documents and technical graphics appropriate to the architecture and construction industries.

 

A2.     Utilize various architectural drawing types and determine their appropriate uses in architectural projects to demonstrate knowledge of building systems and familiarity with building codes.

 

A3.     Demonstrate knowledge of architectural concepts of foundational architecture courses as outlined in the 2014 Student Performance Criteria (SPC) established by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

 

At the completion of the Civil CAD Specialization Certificate the student will be able to:

C1.     Utilize CAD drafting & design software to plan and prepare construction documents, technical graphics and visualizations appropriate to the civil infrastructure industry.

 

C2.     Demonstrate knowledge of civil drafting and design procedures; familiarity with design criteria, and their appropriate uses in civil infrastructure projects.

 

C3.     Perform analyses and calculations suitable for civil infrastructure drafting & design processes.

At the completion of the IC Layout and Design Certificate the student will be able to:

  E1.     Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare technical graphics and documentation appropriate to

      the Electrical/Electronic Engineering industry.

 

 E2.     Utilize CAD software to translate schematics, logic diagrams, and other technical graphics into the physical

      layout of Integrated Circuits and Printed Circuits.

 

  E3. Employ CAD‐based verification tools and techniques to debug Integrated Circuit layouts

 

At the completion of the Mechanical CAD/CAM Certificate ‐ the student will be able to:

  M1.    Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare documents and technical graphics appropriate to the

   mechanical engineering industry.

 

  M2,    Generate code from CAD/CAM software to operate a 3‐axis CNC milling machine to manufacture

 

  M3.    Illustrate correct usage of ASME Y14.5 and other associated mechanical standards in technical graphics

   of capstone projects.


instructional Methodology and Open Labs

Instructional Methodology

This Capstone course is only open to students who have completed the majority of the technical courses required for their degree or certificate - students enrolling for this course are strongly encouraged to contact the professor prior to the end of the Spring semester to see if they qualify for this course. 

This course has a MANDATORY* online Orientation meeting where students will receive an overview of the course and online expectations. Professor will hold live online meetings on days TBA at the orientation. *The Orientation and class meetings will be recorded and posted to Blackboard for students who are not able to attend online meetings.

Students will access all of the curriculum for this course from Blackboard. Students will receive a detailed confirmation email from the professor prior to the start date.

Contact Douglas Smith: email douglas@austincc.edu with course questions.

Open Labs

Hours for the online open lab will coincide with the tutoring schedule which will be posted during the first week or two of the semester. You may not be able to complete all the assignments in class, so the online open lab is one of your best opportunities to get help in finishing the lab exercises.

You can access the online tutored lab from the link in Blackboard.


Readings

 DFTG 1491 Student Guide (available online thru Blackboard):

Module 1 - Creating a CAD Portfolio 

Module 2 - Creating a CAD Resume

Module 3 - CAD Job References 

Module 4 - Interviewing for a CAD Position

Module 5 - Submitting your Portfolio

Module 6 - CAD Internships
 


Course Subjects

The curriculum of this course is presented as Modules in Blackboard. After logging in to Blackboard, the student will see links in the left navigation menu (see example below).

By clicking on the links under the Learning Modules section of the left navigation menu you can open these modules.

All projects will be submitted through Blackboard.


ACC Policies

Health & Safety Protocols

For the latest on ACC’s policies regarding Covid 19 visit the following URL:

https://www.austincc.edu/coronavirus

ACC Withdrawal Policy

The College defines withdrawals as occurring after the official reporting date of the semester, typically the 12th class day.  In addition, the Legislature has mandated the Rule of Six (see below).  There may also be financial aid issues.

“It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the rolls should they decide to withdraw from the class.  The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary.  If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is recorded before the Final Withdrawal Date. Consult the academic calendar available at ACC's website to determine the Final Withdrawal Date for the semester.  The student is also strongly encouraged to keep any paperwork in case a problem arises.

Students are responsible for understanding the impact that withdrawal from a course may have on their financial aid, veterans’ benefits, and international student status.  Per state law, students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2007 or later at any public Texas college or university may not withdraw (receive a “W”) from more than six courses during their undergraduate college education. Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to withdraw from a course without having it count toward this limit. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor when making decisions about course selection, course loads, and course withdrawals.

ACC Incomplete Policy

Students may request an Incomplete from their faculty member if they believe circumstances warrant.  The faculty member will determine whether the Incomplete is appropriate to award or not.  The following processes must be followed when awarding a student an I grade. 

1.      Prior to the end of the semester in which the “I” is to be awarded, the student must meet with the instructor to determine the assignments and exams that must be completed prior to the deadline date.  This meeting can occur virtually or in person.  The instructor should complete the Report of Incomplete Grade form.

2.     The faculty member will complete the form, including all requirements to complete the course and the due date, sign (by typing in name) and then email it to the student.  The student will then complete his/her section, sign (by typing in name), and return the completed form to the faculty member to complete the agreement.  A copy of the fully completed form can then be emailed by the faculty member to the student and the department chair for each grade of Incomplete that the faculty member submits at the end of the semester.   

3.      The student must complete all remaining work by the date specified on the form above.  This date is determined by the instructor in collaboration with the student, but it may not be later than the final withdrawal deadline in the subsequent long semester.  

4.      Students will retain access to the course Blackboard page through the subsequent semester in order to submit work and complete the course. Students will be able to log on to Blackboard and have access to the course section materials, assignments, and grades from the course and semester in which the Incomplete was awarded.  

5.      When the student completes the required work by the Incomplete deadline, the instructor will submit an electronic Grade Change Form to change the student’s performance grade from an “I” to the earned grade of A, B, C, D, or F. 

If an Incomplete is not resolved by the deadline, the grade automatically converts to an “F.”  Approval to carry an Incomplete for longer than the following semester or session deadline is not frequently granted.”

ACC Statement on Academic Integrity

Austin Community College values academic integrity in the educational process.  Acts of academic dishonesty/misconduct undermine the learning process, present a disadvantage to students who earn credit honestly, and subvert the academic mission of the institution. The potential consequences of fraudulent credentials raise additional concerns for individuals and communities beyond campus who rely on institutions of higher learning to certify students' academic achievements, and expect to benefit from the claimed knowledge and skills of their graduates. Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations.  Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion, falsifying documents, or the inappropriate use of the college’s information technology resources.  Further information is available at https://www.austincc.edu/about-acc/academic-integrity-and-disciplinary-process

In consultation with the department chair, the instructor may resolve the matter in one or more of the following ways:

  • Dismissing the allegation;
  • Issuing a written warning that further violations may result in additional penalties;
  • Requiring the student to revise or replace the work in which the violation occurred – including a          reduced maximum grade;
  • A reduction in the grade on the work in question;
  • A failing grade on the work in question;
  • A failing grade or other denial of credit in the course;
  • Recommending disciplinary sanctions to the Dean of Student Services.

Within 5 (five) business days of the meeting with the student, the instructor shall provide written notification of the resolution to the student, the department chair, the instructional dean, for informational purposes, and to the Dean of Student Services, for possible disciplinary action.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Students at ACC have the same rights and protections under the Constitution of the United States. These rights include freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition and association. As members of the community, students have the right to express their own views, but must also take responsibility for according the same rights to others and not interfere or disrupt the learning environment. Students are entitled to fair treatment, are expected to act consistently with the values of the college, and obey local, state and federal laws. www.austincc.edu/srr

As a student of Austin Community College you are expected to abide by the Student Standards of Conduct. https://www.austincc.edu/students/students-rights-and-responsibilities/student-standards-of-conduct

Senate Bill 212 and Title IX Reporting Requirements 

Under Senate Bill 212 (SB 212), the faculty and all College employees are required to report any information concerning incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking committed by or against an ACC student or employee. Federal Title IX law and College policy also require reporting incidents of sex- and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. This means faculty and non-clinical counseling staff cannot keep confidential information about any such incidents that you share with them.

If you would like to talk with someone confidentiality, please contact the District Clinical Counseling Team who can connect you with a clinical counselor on any ACC campus:  (512) 223-2616, or to schedule online:  https://www.austincc.edu/students/counseling

While students are not required to report, they are encouraged to contact the Compliance Office for resources and options:  Charlene Buckley, District Title IX Officer, (512) 223-7964;  compliance@austincc.edu .

If a student makes a report to a faculty member, the faculty member will contact the District Title IX Officer for follow-up.

Student Complaints

A defined process applies to complaints about an instructor or other college employee. You are encouraged to discuss concerns and complaints with college personnel and should expect a timely and appropriate response. When possible, students should first address their concerns through informal conferences with those immediately involved; formal due process is available when informal resolution cannot be achieved.

Student complaints may include (but are not limited to) issues regarding classroom instruction, college services and offices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or disability.

Further information about the complaints process, including the form used to submit complaints, is available at: http://www.austincc.edu/students/students-rights-and-responsibilities/student-complaint-procedures

Statement on Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects confidentiality of students’ educational records. Grades cannot be provided by faculty over the phone, by e-mail, or to a fellow student.

Class grades should be posted in Blackboard, and this could be mentioned here.

Recording Policy

To ensure compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), student recording of class lectures or other activities is generally prohibited without the explicit written permission of the instructor and notification of other students enrolled in the class section.  Exceptions are made for approved accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recording of lectures and other class activities may be made by faculty to facilitate instruction, especially for classes taught remotely through BlackBoard Collaborate or another platform.  Participation in such activities implies consent for the student to be recorded during the instructional activity.  Such recordings are intended for educational and academic purposes only.

Safety Statement

Health and safety are of paramount importance in classrooms, laboratories, and field activities. Students are expected to learn and comply with ACC environmental, health and safety procedures and agree to follow ACC safety policies.  Emergency Procedures posters and Campus Safety Plans are posted in each classroom and should be reviewed at the beginning of each semester.  All incidents (injuries/illness/fire/property damage/near miss) should be immediately reported to the course instructor. Additional information about safety procedures and how to sign up to be notified in case of an emergency can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/emergency

Everyone is expected to conduct themselves professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual may be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity and will be referred to the Dean of Student Services for disciplinary action.

In the event of disruption of normal classroom activities due to an emergency situation or a continuing illness outbreak, the format for this course may be modified to enable completion of the course. In that event, students will be provided an addendum to the class syllabus that will supersede the original version.

Campus Carry

The Austin Community College District concealed handgun policy ensures compliance with Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code (also known as the Campus Carry Law), while maintaining ACC’s commitment to provide a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  Beginning August 1, 2017, individuals who are licensed to carry (LTC) may do so on campus premises except in locations and at activities prohibited by state or federal law, or the college’s concealed handgun policy. 

It is the responsibility of license holders to conceal their handguns at all times.  Persons who see a handgun on campus are asked to contact the ACC Police Department by dialing 512-223-7999.   Please refer to the concealed handgun policy online at http://austincc.edu/campuscarry

Discrimination Prohibited

The College seeks to maintain an educational environment free from any form of discrimination or harassment including but not limited to discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

Faculty at the College are required to report concerns regarding sexual misconduct (including all forms of sexual harassment and sex and gender-based discrimination) to the Manager of Title IX/Title VI/ADA Compliance.  Licensed clinical counselors are available across the District and serve as confidential resources for students.

Additional information about Title VI, Title IX, and ADA compliance can be found in the ACC Compliance Resource Guide available at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o55xINAWNvTYgI-fs-JbDyuaMFDNvAjz/view

Use of ACC email

All College e-mail communication to students will be sent solely to the student’s ACCmail account, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion. ACC will send important information and will notify students of any college- related emergencies using this account. Students should only expect to receive email communication from their instructor using this account.  Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff.  Information about ACC email accounts, including instructions for accessing it, are available at:  http://www.austincc.edu/help/accmail/questions-and-answers

Use of the Testing Center

All testing is currently online.  While campuses are closed, exams for courses will be online tests that students can take from home.  For more information about online testing at ACC, visit the Online Testing resource page: https://www.austincc.edu/academic-and-career-programs/acconline/testing.

The instructor should provide additional information about how they will conduct examinations and other assessments here.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

The success of our students is paramount, and ACC offers a variety of support services to help, as well as providing numerous opportunities for community engagement and personal growth.

Student Support

ACC strives to provide exemplary support to its students and offers a broad variety of opportunities and services.  Information on these campus services and resources is available at  http://www.austincc.edu/students.  A comprehensive array of student support services is available online at:

https://www.austincc.edu/coronavirus/remote-student-support 

Student Accessibility Services

Students with documented disabilities who need academic or other accommodations must request them through the office Student Accessibility Services (SAS).   SAS offices are located at each major campus.  Students are encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least three weeks before the start of the semester; otherwise, the provision of accommodations may be delayed.  Students who have received approval for accommodations from SAS for this course must provide the instructor with the document titled “Notice of Approved Accommodations” from SAS before accommodations will be provided. Accommodations will not be provided retroactively.  Arrangements by the instructor for academic accommodations can only be made after he or she receives the “Notice of Approved Accommodations” from the student.

Additional information about Student Accessibility Services is available at https://www.austincc.edu/offices/student-accessibility-services-and-assistive-technology

Academic Support

ACC offers academic support services on all of its campuses. These services, which include online tutoring, academic coaching, and supplemental instruction, are free to enrolled ACC students. Tutors are available in a variety of subjects ranging from accounting to pharmacology. Students may receive these services on both a drop-in and referral basis.

An online tutor request can be made here:

https://de.austincc.edu/bbsupport/online-tutoring-request/

Additional tutoring information can be found here:

austincc.edu/onlinetutoring

Library Services

ACC has a full-service library at each of its campuses to support ACC courses and programs and to provide students with research and assignment assistance from expert faculty librarians.  ACC students have full rights and privileges to access Library Services online 24/7 via the ACC Library website and students can use their ACCeID logins to access all online materials, including ebooks, articles from library databases, and streaming videos.   ACC Libraries also provide an “Ask a Librarian” service, which allows students to reach a librarian 24/7 through online chat “live.”  Faculty librarians are also available via email and phone seven days a week during hours of operation. Visit:

In partnership with ACC’s Student Support Center, ACC Libraries also maintain a limited collection of textbooks for students (made available by Student Affairs) to borrow. Priority access to the textbook collection is given to students receiving assistance. More information is available on the ACC website by searching “Student Support Center Textbook Collection.”

Student Organizations

ACC has over seventy student organizations, offering a variety of cultural, academic, vocational, and social opportunities.  They provide a chance to meet with other students who have the same interests, engage in service-learning, participate in intramural sports, gain valuable field experience related to career goals, and much else.  Student Life coordinates many of these activities, and additional information is available at http://sites.austincc.edu/sl/.

Personal Support

Resources to support students are available at every campus. To learn more, ask your professor or visit the campus Support Center. All resources and services are free and confidential. Some examples include, among others:

Mental health counseling services are available throughout the ACC Student Services District to address personal and or mental health concerns: http://www.austincc.edu/students/counseling .

If you are struggling with a mental health or personal crisis, call one of the following numbers to connect with resources for help. However if you are afraid that you might hurt yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately.

Free Crisis Hotline Numbers:

  • Austin / Travis County 24 hour Crisis & Suicide hotline: 512-472-HELP (4357)
  • The Williamson County 24 hour Crisis hotline: 1-800-841-1255
  • Bastrop County Family Crisis Center hotline: 1-888-311-7755
  • Hays County 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-877-466-0660
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “home” to 741741
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline:   1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline:1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Some faculty may consider adding a student sign-off page at the end of the syllabus to be removed and handed back to the instructor providing evidence that the student received a copy of the syllabus and had an opportunity to ask questions, but such a page is optional.

Illness

Any ACC student or employee with symptoms or exposure to the COVID-19 virus should inform their professor(s) or supervisor and complete the college’s self reporting form: 

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?AustinCC&layout_id=124

 


A&E CAD Departmental Policies and Procedures

Attendance/Class Participation

Regular and timely class participation in discussions and completion of work is expected of all students.  If attendance or compliance with other course policies is unsatisfactory, the instructor may withdraw students from the class. Students accruing more than two (2) UNEXCUSED absences may be withdrawn from the course at the instructor's discretion.  Students may make-up absences by attending other classes.  It is the student's responsibility to inform instructor when circumstances prevent him/her from attending class.   An instructor may lower a student’s final grade for a course due to excessive absences.

In the event the college or campus closes due to unforeseen circumstances (for example, severe weather or other emergency), the student is responsible for communicating with their professor during the closure and completing any assignments or other activities designated by their professor as a result of class sessions being missed.

Withdrawal Policy

The College defines withdrawals as occurring after the official reporting date of the semester, typically the 12th class day.  In addition, the Legislature has mandated the Rule of Six (see below).  There may also be financial aid issues.

“It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the rolls should they decide to withdraw from the class.  The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary.  If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is recorded before the Final Withdrawal Date.  The Final Withdrawal Date for this semester is [refer to ACC website].  The student is also strongly encouraged to keep any paperwork in case a problem arises.

Students are responsible for understanding the impact that withdrawal from a course may have on their financial aid, veterans’ benefits, and international student status.  Per state law, students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2007 or later at any public Texas college or university may not withdraw (receive a “W”) from more than six courses during their undergraduate college education. Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to withdraw from a course without having it count toward this limit. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor when making decisions about course selection, course loads, and course withdrawals.

Policy on Late or Missing Work

Instructors may impose a late penalty on work that is submitted after the assigned due date.

Ownership of Student Work

The Architectural & Engineering Computer Aided Design (A&E CAD) Department reserves the right to retain any and all student work (including but not limited to: original work, scans, photographs, and copies of student work) completed as A&E CAD course work for the purposes of documentation, accreditation, evidence of student performance, university transfer, marketing or any other purpose supporting the mission of the Department and Austin Community College.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices (face-2-face courses)

To avoid disturbing or distracting others during face-2-face classes or open on-campus lab times, students are requested to conduct personal communications of any sort outside of the classrooms. For this reason, the use of cell phones and other PDA’s by students is prohibited inside A&E CAD classrooms (this includes placing or receiving phone calls, text messages and emails). When conducting personal communication in the hallways, please control the volume of your voice so as not to disturb students in nearby classrooms.

 



Published: 06/02/2022 15:37:03