Introduction to Autodesk Inventor

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAD 240

       Course Name: Introduction to Autodesk Inventor

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course explores issues in the field of computer-aided design using Autodesk Inventor.  Students learn basic parametric modeling techniques.  Topics include sketching tools, creating basic three-dimensional parts, assemblies and 3-D presentations.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Fundamental parametric modeling & assembly techniques.

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

See D2L

WeekTopics CoveredReading
1 Parametric Modeling Fundamentals - Quick start
Work Features

Lesson 1
Lesson 2

2 User interface
The Standard Toolbar
Lesson 3
Lesson 4

3 The Feature Toolbar Lesson 5

4 The Feature Toolbar Lesson 5

5 Sketch Tools
Solids Toolbar
The Precise Input Toolbar
Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 8

6 Sheet Metal Tools
Creating Sheet Metal Parts
Lesson 9
Lesson 10

7 Creating a Basic Part
Drawing Management
Lesson 11
Lesson 12

8 Drawing Annotation Toolbar
Orthographic Viewing
Lesson 13
Lesson 14

9 Drafting Standards Lesson 15

10 Textures & colors Lesson 16

11 Assembly Tools Lesson 17

12 Bottom-Up Assembly Lesson 18

13 Top-Down Assembly Lesson 19

14 Presentations (self study – no class but lab is open) Lesson 20

15 Assembly Drawings Lesson 21

16 Final Exam

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

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture demonstration of drawing techniques with a hands on focus emphasizing the solution of drawing problems.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Autodesk Inventor R5 fundamentals: Conquering the Rubicon; Elise Moss, SDC Publications.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Drawings will be graded according to standard drawing conventions provide on assignment sheets, notes and handouts.  Late submissions will incur a 10% late fee.

A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F Below 60%
Attendance 10%

XI.   Other Course Information

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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  • victims of sexual misconduct
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