CAD Introduction to Building Systems - HVAC
I. Course Prefix/Number: FME 140
Course Name: CAD Introduction to Building Systems - HVAC
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
This course in CAD for Facilities Management, Facilities Engineering, Focuses on Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC), and fire Protection Systems. The course covers layout and creation of Computer-generated models as they apply to building's mechanical systems. Topics include fundamentals of the development of construction drawings using CAD for HVAC, fire protection systems. (The course does not include engineering aspects of design but only the layout and drafting using CAD.) Students cannot receive credit for both CAD 140 and FME 140.
IV. Learning Objectives
The students will be taught the basic terminology of computer-aided design. They will learn how to operate the computers and plotters and how to select commands from the keyboard, tablet and screen menus. After learning the commands of the basic CAD system, they will use building systems software to learn the benefits of discipline specific programs.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Exploring AutoCAD tools and Displays.
- Creating Drawing Aids. Basics Handout
- Drawing and Controlling
- Drawing Organization, Introduction to Dimensioning
- Constructing Geometric Figures & Object Selection
- Architectural Desktop Introduction to Building Systems
- Adding Attributes to Enhance Blocks
- Architectural Desktop / Controlling Drawing Accuracy
The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments by informing the class accordingly.
VII. Methods of Instruction
The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions; a mixture of classroom exercise, and supervised hands-on experience in laboratory.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- All laboratory safety rules must be followed by students.
- The maximum allowed absences are six (6). Any more will result in a failing grade. (Three absences will lower your grade by one letter grade).
- All quizzes and exam must be completed.
- Three tardiness will be equal to one absence.
- Each student must participate in shop practices.
- Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
- The schedule of lecture and lab assignments is tentative. It may change as conditions dictate.
- Lecture attendance is mandatory.
IX. Instructional Materials
Books to be chosen by the instructor.
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Scheule of Classes.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Quizzes, Mid-term and a comprehensive final exam.
- Assessment of performance on exercises and laboratory task.
- "Hands on" performance evaluation.
XI. Other Course Information
Three absences lowers the final letter grade three letters. Six absences will result in failure of the course. All appropriate safety precautions must be observed during lab sessions. Any accident must be reported immediately. The lab must be cleaned and all equipment picked up before leaving.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.