Text: Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD 2006, James D. Bethune, Prentice Hall,

Please remember to bring the text book with you to each class.


Class Times: TR 5:00-6:50 p.m. Room 2031 Nevins Hall.

Instructor: Dr. Barry Hojjatie, Phone: (229) 333-5753, Office: 2011 Nevins Hall.

Email: bhojjati@valdosta.edu Office hrs: Right after each class,

also: MW 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.,

T: 4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m., and other times by appointment. Prerequisite: None

Dates to Remember:

Holidays: Sept. 4; Oct. 16 & 17; Nov. 23-24

Mid-term: October 6, Last Class Day: Dec 4

Final Exam: Th. Dec. 7, 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Course Description

Welcome to the Pre-Engineering program at VSU and this freshman engineering course! This course is about the fundamental principles of engineering drawing using AutoCAD and it covers the following topics: introduction to engineering design and three-dimensional visualization; geometric construction; graphical projection and sketching; introduction to descriptive geometry, and computer graphics. Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to: use drafting software to produce orthographic/multi-view projections, section/auxiliary views, use the principles of descriptive geometric to solve problems of spatial relationships; communicate engineering design decisions in a visual form, use instrument drawing, and become familiar with selected graphical/design software commonly used in engineering. The main objective of this course is to develop concepts of graphical communication/interpretation and its application in design process. Specific objectives are:


1. Understanding the fundamentals of engineering drawing via use of the AutoCAD program.

2. Understanding the fundamentals of multiview, oblique, and isometric views, spatial

visualization, dimensioning and sectional views.

3. Become familiar with the graphical methods of engineering problem solving (time permitting,

examples in application of Excel, and MATLAB, as relates to this course will be given).


Materials Required


1.      A simple calculator, 2. a 12 engineering scale, 3. Compass, 4. Protractor, 5. Triangles (one of each: 45/45/90 and 30/60/90), 6. Pencils (one HB, and one H), 7. Eraser (erasing shield is optional), 8. Vellum or tracing paper (about 10-15 sheets for hand drafting), 9. A USB Flash Drive. Note; These materials can be purchased individually from VSU campus bookstore, an art/drafting supply store, or stores such as Wal-Mart or OfficeMax.


Course policy


Most classes are hands on using AutoCAD. Class attendance is required. Student may be excused from class with prior approval. Each student is responsible for all materials covered in class and assigned homework regardless of absence.

Excessive absence from lecture (e.g., 5 scheduled classes) may result in failing grade in the course. If a student stops attending the lectures without officially dropping the course, will receive a grade of F. Students are encouraged to discuss the concepts/homework/Lab work problems with each other (excluding take home and in-class exams) to improve their skills in AutoCAD and other topic of the course; however, work that you submit must be your own. Students requiring classroom accommodations because of a documented disability should discuss this need with the professor at the beginning of the semester. Students not registered with the Access Office Program should contact their office in Nevins Hall room 1115 [Phone: 245-2498 (voice), 219-1348 (tty)]. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO FOOD/DRINK IS ALLOWED IN COMPUTER LABS. ALSO, NO OTHER COMPUTER ACTIVITIES (i.e., Games, internet search, etc) ARE ALLOWED DURING LECTURE.



Lab work: 15% (including Manual and AutoCAD assignment, much of this will be done in class using AutoCAD 2006 software, not all in-class work will be graded).

Special Assignments/Quizzes: 10%, Class Participation/Project:10%, Test #1 (Mid-term): 20%, Test #2: 20%, Final Exam: 25%. Normally no make up Quizzes will be given.


Final grades: A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: < 60.


Main Topics


1. Getting started with AutoCAD 2006

2. Fundamentals of 2-D Construction

3. More Advanced AutoCAD 2006 Commands

4. Sketching

5. Orthographic Views

6. Sectional Views and Auxiliary Views

7. Dimensioning

8. Fundamentals of 3D Drawing

9. Surface Modeling

10. Solid Modeling


Other Topics of Interest


11. Using Tablet PCs and Mobile Technology to improve visualization and computational skills of engineering students and its applications in graphical representation of engineering data in 2D & 3D.