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Home - Spring 2012

This is a first quarter course (Jan 17 - March 5).

Course Times
Lecture: WF 9:25 - 10:40 Room 304
Section 1 Lab: H 9:25 - 12:05 3rd floor computer room

Office Hours
Stop by anytime except during lunch. You can also make an appointment by email. Finally, I will make sure I am in my office from 10:30 to 11:30 and 3 to 4 on Wednesdays and 3 to 4 on Thursdays.

AutoCAD 2011 & AutoCAD LT 2011, by Ellen Finkelstein (YOU WILL NEED THIS BOOK IN LAB FROM DAY ONE).

Continued below.

Communication outside of class is accomplished through this website and email. Emails are sent to your rowan email address. Check your email every day. Emails sent to me outside of work hours may not be read until the next working day. Be professional went crafting your emails!

Upon completion of the course, civil engineering students will be able to:
   Interpret Engineering Drawings
   Sketch Engineering Drawings
   Use AutoCAD to make 2D Drawings

Learning Activities
Learning activities help students meet the course goals. The learning activities are preparation, listening and discussing, and practice.

  • By preparation, I mean reading technical information before class, primarily by reading assigned material. This activity provides students with three benefits. First, students arrive in class with some introduction to the material they are expected to learn. Second, assigned readings often cover course topics with greater breadth and depth than can be covered in class. Thus, student learn more. Finally, learning how to effectively read technical information takes practice, just like learning how to play a sport or musical instrument. Many of the students taking this class will spend their careers creating and/or reading technical information. By "struggling" through difficult readings in college, students are better prepared for work.
  • You will listen to some lecture, as this is an effective way to transmit information; however, you are also expected to discuss material with the instructor and fellow students in class.
  • Finally, you will practice. This will be done by working on examples and assignments in and out of class. I will distribute a handout with all of our in class problems. If you lose it, you can get it here.

Evaluation Activities
The evaluation activities used in this class are linked to the learning activities.

  • Examples: During the lab sessions you will work through examples in the first 20 chapters of the course text.
  • PathFinder Problems: Problems are worked online that reinforce the concepts and skills learned in class.
  • Other Problems: Other problems are used to evaluate all of the learning activities. In this calss, they are mostly drawings. Specifically, they help me evaluate your ability to define and solve problems. Your work must be your own; however, I encourage students to compare results. If you discover different answers, discus and rework. However, DO NOT COPY!. Use the Policy link to review my homework policies/guidance/format. Please email, phone or stop by my office if--upon reviewing course materials, notes and/or discussing with other students in the class--you are unable to complete a problem.
  • Mid-quarter Exam: One semester exam will be used to test your ability to independently solve problems. This exam will be open notes.
  • End-of-quarter Exam: A comprehensive final exam will be used to test your ability to independently solve problems. This exam will be open notes.

Grading (graphics portion of course)
Grades in the course will be based on the ten point scale (92-100 = A, 90-92 A-, 88-90 B+, 82-89 = B, etc.). Depending upon class performance, the scale may be adjusted down slightly, e.g., an 89.9 might be an A-. This will be done at the end of the semester. Points will be awarded as follows.

  • AutoCAD Examples - 20
  • Assignments 40 (PathFinder - 15, Green home - 11, Other - 14)
  • Mid-quarter Exam - 20
  • End-of-quarter Exam - 20

Your score in each category is calculated by summing the points received.

Your final grade will be the sum of the four categories MINUS any demerits applied for unprofessional conduct.

Unprofessional conduct is associated with showing proper respect for your professor and classmates. Arriving late, leaving during class without permission, talking when the professor or other students "have the floor", and other disruptive activities will result in demerits. Unless otherwise indicated, a demerit is worth 0.1 points off your final grade.

Student Accommodation
If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work, please contact me. Students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations (856 256 4234). The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations.

Academic Misconduct
You are encouraged to work together on assignments. However, copying is not acceptable. Copied assignments will receive a zero grade (both original and copies). For paper assignments, copying is writing on your paper while looking at another student's paper. When working electronically, copying is when two students are working on one computer or a student uses a file created by another student. Cheating on a test will cause the student to receive a zero grade, at a minimum. If you are to miss an assignment due date, exam, quiz, field trip, or laboratory session you must have a valid excuse and notify me prior to the event (except in case of emergency).

See my Student Resource page.

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