Topics in CAD

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAD 290

       Course Name: Topics in CAD

       Credits: 1-4 (1-4 lecture; 1-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies; consent of instructor or chairperson.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course explores major issues in the field of Computer Aided Design.  Topics will be selected from the following subspecialties as they relate to the design process: up-and-coming CAD software packages, animation, multimedia, Internet, and simulation.  This course will have a different focus and/or scope from other courses currently offered in the department and can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine semester hours of credit.

IV.   Learning Objectives

This course will cover a wide variety of different topics related to technical advances in the design field.

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

One major topic will be selected for study.  Examples of possible topics and the questions that drive them are as follows:
Topic Examples
Animation and simulation: How can physical systems be successfully modeled in order to determine functionality?  How can the designer get an idea of range of motion, mechanical stresses, thermal distributions, and alike? How can the designer best represent a product in-house or to a potential customer?

Technical Communications: How can the flow of data related to the design/manufacturing processes best be controlled and represented?  How can the Internet be used as a clearinghouse for information and thus streamline the process?

New Software: this topic would entail presenting and instructing in new software products that are currently not offered in the curriculum.

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