DFTG-1405 Introduction to Technical Drawing

Douglas Smith

Credit Spring 2023


DFTG-1405-002 (55210)
LEC MW 11:05am - 12:25pm HLC HLC2 1501

LAB MW 12:25pm - 1:45pm HLC HLC2 1501

Teaching Methodology and Course Description


This is a HYBRID course - approximately 50% will be in a classroom and 50% online.  Students will attend class on Mondays in room 1501 of the Highland Campus from 11:05am until 1:45pm . Masks are required for classroom courses. The professor will conduct live, online meetings on Wednesdays from 11:05am until 12:25pm. Participation in these meeting is strongly recommended. Online 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.

Here is the link to this Google Meet:  TBA


First Class Meeting will be Online:  Wednesday, January 18, from 11:05am until 1:45pm                                                         

I will email a link to the first meeting to the class.                                                            

Online sessions:  Wednesdays from 11:05am until 12:25pm.                                                   

Final Class  TBA                                                                                                                                                         




Introduce students to the principals of technical drawing employing both sketching and Computer-Aided-Drafting techniques.  Describe and demonstrate the process of visualization and constructing multiview, isometric, and section drawings. Demonstrate and explain the theory and practice of dimensioning. Explain the importance of standards in the modern technical drawing environment.

Course Description: (4 credit hours) Expected work load is approximately 5.00 hours per week

An introduction to reading, interpreting, and developing technical drawings, including the principles of drafting and computer-aided design. This class serves as the department’s introductory computer-aided-design (CAD) course. Transferability of workforce courses varies. Students interested in transferring courses to another college should speak with their Area of Study (AoS) advisor, Department Chair, and/or Program Director.

Required Technology, Textbook and Materials

Required Textbook: 

Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD 2023, by Smith, Ramirez, and Fuller, SDC Publications, ISBN: 978-1-63057-430-7.

This book can be ordered through the ACC bookstore with free delivery: https://austin.bncollege.com/shop/acc-virtual/home

Technology Requirements for Online DFTG 1405

This course is 50% online therefore students are required to have the appropriate technology to successfully participate in the course. Students must have computer and internet access before the online orientation at 11:05am on January 19. A link will be sent the the class via email prior to the orientation.

  • Software Requirements: A FREE student version of AutoCAD 2023 can be downloaded by joining the Autodesk Student Community. Click here for more information about educational downloads.
  • Internet Access: Students must have access to a high speed internet connection (at least 20 Mbps download speed)
  • Computer Hardware Requirements: Students must have a computer with a Windows 10 operating system that can run the desktop student version of AutoCAD 2022 and a two-button mouse with scroll wheel. Autodesk’s system requirements for AutoCAD 2022 can be found here. Online meetings require a computer to have a speaker (or phone) for audio.
  • Please note: AutoCAD 2022 runs only on the Windows operating system - it will not run on a Chromebook. Mac users will need either Apple Boot Camp or Parallels installed to run AutoCAD 2022.
  • Recommended Accessories: A dual monitor display setup is strongly recommended. A computer with a webcam and a microphone is recommended. Note: Having two monitors allows you to have AutoCAD open on one monitor and follow along with an instructional video on the other. This arrangement is much smoother than having to constantly close the video and open AutoCAD as you work on projects. If you intend to major in the A&E CAD program at ACC, you will find the dual monitors very beneficial for future advanced CAD classes.

If you don’t have access to the technology required for this course, please let me know as soon as ACC may have a limited supply of loaner laptops.


ACC Email and Blackboard

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 for this course will be accessed through Blackboard.

  • Distribution of handouts and readings
  • Instructional materials including videos
  • Submissions of assignments and activities
  • Grading

As instructed by your professor, students will be required to access instructional materials via Blackboard.

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


Course Requirements

Course Assignments (times are approximate):
Chapter 1.   Technical Drawing (2.5 Hours)

Chapter 2.   Multiview Drawing (5.0-7.5 Hours)

Chapter 3.   Traditional Drafting (not applicable in 100% online course format)

Chapter 4.    Computer Aided Design Basics (10 Hours)

Chapter 5.    Dimensioning Fundamentals (3.5 Hours)

Chapter 6.    Dimensioning Architectural Drawings (2 Hours)

Chapter 7.    Isometric Drawings (5 Hours)

Chapter 8.    Sections (5 Hours)

Chapter 9.  Blocks (5 Hours)

Chapter 10.  3D Modeling Basics (2.5 Hours)

Capstone Project 1 -  Mechanical Working Drawings(10-12.5 Hours)

Capston Project 2 -  Architectural Working Drawings (15 Hours)


Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

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

  • Create technical sketches, geometric constructions, orthographic projections, pictorial/sectional views, dimension drawings, and apply lettering techniques (source WECM manual end-of-course outcome).
  • Prepare free-hand multiview sketches of objects assigned by the instructor.
  • Prepare technical drawings utilizing traditional drafting tools and techniques. Prepare orthographic/multiview drawings using miter line construction techniques employing line conventions and line weights that comply with the ASME Y14.3-2003 standard.
  • Prepare technical drawings with AutoCAD requiring students to set units, limits, layers, and utilize the tools of AutoCAD’s Draw, Modify, Object Snap and Dimension toolbars and print drawings to scale in Paper Space.
  • Create AutoCAD dimension styles that comply with the ASME Y14.5-2009 standard and fully dimension multiview drawings.
  • Add dimensions that comply with accepted industry standards to architectural drawings.
  • Prepare isometric, pictorial drawings of machine parts utilizing AutoCAD.
  • Draw section views of machine parts using AutoCAD techniques complying with the ASME Y14.3-2003 standard.
  • Create, insert and edit blocks with AutoCAD including creation of a block library of architectural symbols in one drawing and inserting the blocks into a different drawing using AutoCAD’s Design Center.
  • Create 3D models of machine parts utilizing AutoCAD software utilizing the tools located on the ribbon in AutoCAD’s 3D Modeling workspace and print the models to scale in Paper Space.
  • Utilize AutoCAD to prepare dimensioned multi-sheet working drawings for machine assemblies that comply with the ASME Y14.34-2008 and ASME Y14.5-2009 standards.
  • Utilize AutoCAD to prepare multi-sheet working drawings (dimensioned floor plan and elevations) for a multi-bedroom residential architectural project.

Grading, Attendance, Academic Integrity


Grades will be determined as follows: 

  • 70% Daily Work-Drawing assignments, quizzes, class participation, etc. 
  • 15% Capstone Project 1 - Mechanical Working Drawing
  • 15% Capstone Project 2 - Architectural Working Drawing

Grades will be determined as follows:

  • 90 - 100 points = A
  • 80 - 89 Points = B
  • 70 - 79 Points = C
  • 60-69 Points = D
  • Less than 60 Points = F



See ACC policy on Incompletes in the Withdrawals and Incompletes section below.

Policy on Late or Missing Work

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


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

Representing the work of another person as your own work is considered scholastic dishonesty by the A&E CAD department.  Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their own thought, research or self-expression.  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.

Reproduction or transmission of A&E CAD Departmental Check Prints in any manner (including photography and scanning) is a violation of the A&E CAD department’s Scholastic Dishonesty policy.

Sharing a drawing file of a class project with another student, or representing another’s file as your own work, is a violation of the department’s Scholastic Dishonesty policy.

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.


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. It is the student's responsibility to inform instructor when circumstances prevent him/her from completing projects or keeping up with the pace of the class.   An instructor may lower a student’s final grade on a project for late submittal.

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.



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.  The Final Withdrawal Date for this semester is TBA.  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.”



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.

Course Subjects

Note: Schedule below may change as necessary depending on pace of class.

Class 1 – Class 26

Daily Work Activities as assigned by instructor.

Class 27 - 31.                                                             

ASSIGN: Capstone Project


Note: Reading schedule below may vary depending on pace of class.

Refer to Blackboard.

College Policies and Student Support Services

A&E CAD Department 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.

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

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: 10/12/2022 15:25:23