CAD Introduction to Building Systems - Revit

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAD 220

       Course Name: CAD Introduction to Building Systems - Revit

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: Knowledge of CAD drafting.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Revit enables students to create full 3D architectural project models and place them in working drawings. Class focuses on the basic tools that the majority of users will need to work with.  Topics include creating floor plans, adding views, adding various building components, and creating sheets for plotting.  Credit cannot be received in both ARC 220 and CAD 220.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Demonstrate the fundamental design tools of Revit Building such as editing or creating views of a model.  Prepare basic floor plans that involve walls, levels, doors, windows, structural grids and columns. Modify existing plans to include components such as floors, ceilings, roofs, stairs, railings and ramps.Implement documentation and presentation features including text, dimensions, tags, schedules, and legends.

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

The Basics of Revit

  • What is Revit
  • Overview of the Revit Interface
  • Revit File Types; Opening and Saving Files

Creating Basic Floor Plans

  • General Drawing and Sketch Tools
  • Drawing Walls
  • Adding Doors and Windows

Setting Up Levels and Grids

  • Creating and Using Levels
  • Structural Grids and Columns

Modifying Specific Objects

  • Selecting & Modifying Objects
  • Modifying Walls
  • Modifying Levels
  • Modifying Doors and Windows
  • Modifying Structural Grids and Columns

Editing Tools

  • Move and Copying Objects
  • Rotating Objects
  • Resizing Objects
  • Creating Linear and Radial Arrays
  • Mirroring Objects
  • Aligning Objects
  • Splitting Walls and Lines
  • Offsetting Objects
  • Trimming and Extending

Creating Views of the Model

  • Using the Project Browser
  • Working with Views
  • Viewing Elevations
  • Cutting Sections
  • Creating Callouts
  • Creating 3D Views

Adding Components

  • Adding Components

Floors and Ceilings

  • Creating Floors
  • Creating Ceilings


  • Creating Roofs
  • Creating Roof by Extrusions

Stairs, Railings and Ramps

  • Creating Stairs
  • Adding and Modifying Railings
  • Creating Ramps

Curtain Walls

  • Creating Curtain Walls
  • Working with Curtain Wall Panels
  • Attaching Mullions to Curtain Grids

Sheets and Printing

  • Setting up Sheets
  • Views and Sheets
  • Printing Sheets


  • Working with Text
  • Adding Dimensions
  • Adding Tags
  • Building Schedules

Detailing in Revit

  • The Basics of Importing Files
  • Setting Up Detail Views
  • Creating Details
  • Creating Legends

Modifying Elevations, Plans and Sections

  • Modifying Elevations
  • Editing Plan and Section Profiles

Custom Walls, Roofs and Floors

  • Creating Wall, Roof and Floor Types
  • Adding 3D Profiles
  • Creating Vertically Compound Walls


  • Preparing Templates
  • Presetting Annotation Styles
  • Creating Titleblocks

Final Exam

Projects Evaluation

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.

Text: Using Autodesk Revit #; by Daniel Stein

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.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.