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)

II.    Prerequisite


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

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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
    - Floor plans
•    Drawing and Controlling
    - Floor plans
     - Printing and Plotting Guide
•    Drawing Organization, Introduction to Dimensioning
     -  HVAC Fixtures and Equipment
•    Constructing Geometric Figures & Object Selection
    - Doors and Windows                             
•    Midterm  Examination
•    Architectural Desktop Introduction to Building Systems
•    Adding Attributes to Enhance Blocks
    -Fire Alarms
•    Architectural Desktop / Controlling Drawing Accuracy
    -Sprinkler Systems
    -Structural Design
    -ASHRAE duct fittings
•    Final Exam
•    Projects Evaluation

The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments by informing the class accordingly.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

After a brief lecture, students will use the computer to create Mechanical systems' layouts on given architectural drawings.  Instructor shall monitor progress and give specific individual in-struction on the use of the computer.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.    Use of the computer and plotter.
B.    Reading text and handouts.
C.    Writing answers to homework problems.
D.    Maintaining a portfolio of your drawings.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Text: Designing Mechanical Systems using Building Systems; by Mary Ellen Pennisi-Vazzana, David Driver

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Completed computer drawings and written homework assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information

Specific policies on attendance, grading, project assignments, quizzes, make-up exams, etc. are determined and will be distributed to the class by the individual instructor.

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.

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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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