CAD Civil

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Course Description:
This course will provide instruction in the various commands, methods, and techniques of computer aided drafting systems for civil engineering especially using AutoCAD and the Civil 3D software modules. Software operations will be stressed and the student will complete a series of exercises, drawings, and projects.


Course Details


ETD 1320





Required textbooks/ course materials:

Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013by Holland and Mercier published by Sybex.  ISBN 9781118281758


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Use technology to organize, acquire, and convey information on drawings and reports


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Produce civil engineering type drawings using computer aided drafting software.
  • Generate boundary survey drawings based on metes and bounds description.
  • Understand the project flow and drawings needed for subdivision and roadway projects.
  • Define the basic terminology used in the civil engineering and surveying.
  • Create a Plan/Profile drawing, Cross Section drawing, and a Contour map.
  • Make use of technology to organize, acquire, convey, and present information.
  • Communicate with clarity and precision regarding basic civil engineering concepts.
  • Calculate Cut/Fill volumes using Digital Terrain surface models.

Demonstrate mastery of computer aided drafting (CAD) by constructing engineering, mechanical, and geometrical drawings. 

Demonstrate ability to sketch, letter, and generate line-work to describe various objects.

Demonstrate ability to read and produce drawings involving orthographic projection, sections, pictorial and auxiliary views.

Demonstrate a wide range of mathematical skills including plane trigonometry, strength of 

materials, technical, and other engineering problems, including theories learned in engineering mechanics.

Demonstrate ability to use standard surveying equipment to make measurements and calculations to run a 

traverse, establish levels, keep notes and produce required drawings.

Demonstrate ability to analyze physical and mechanical properties of soil and concrete.

Demonstrate ability to solve basic hydraulic problems using the theory of incompressible fluids.

Demonstrate on-site skills required to establish grades, locate property lines and utilities and produce plots and calculate cut and fill by average-end-area.

Unit Tests, Quizzes, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Projects, Final Exam


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Learning outcomes are determined by measuring the ability of each student to retain the learning objectives of the course. Performance-based methods, such as completion of assigned projects, general knowledge tests, oral and written presentations of assignments, group discussions, observation of mastery of critical skills and analysis of the final product will determine the final grade on this course.


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