For entry-level courses in Beginning AutoCAD, Architectural AutoCAD, Interior Design AutoCAD, and Landscape Architecture AutoCAD.Class-tested on over 3,500 students, this text supplements the on-line course which offers a self-paced approach to learning AutoCAD, and assumes no prior technical knowledge. Ideal for students of architecture, drafting, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. It meets the needs of a variety of learners--from fast-paced to visual--and continually reinforces important concepts and commands in a highly repetitive manner that drives the point home.
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AutoCAD® Architect Using AutoCAD® 2002 is a web-based introduction to AutoCAD 2002®. The online course uses a well-organized, easy-to-follow method to present the AutoCAD commands, giving users a solid foundation in AutoCAD. Short videos highlighting the steps to complete a command are included in the online lessons. The lessons are supported with examples and applications to the field of architecture. Projects that allow users to practice and master the AutoCAD commands are presented after each section of instruction.
The online course presents command information in small, manageable lessons. The content for each lesson is presented in the same format, allowing for continuity of instruction. Numerous graphics are used to provide visual support for the information. This consistency in format creates a more comfortable learning environment, allowing the user to focus on the content rather than the presentation.
The course allows users to begin drawing almost immediately. It then builds on the basic skills, allowing the user to create more complex drawings and to complete those drawings more efficiently.
A glossary of terms is provided for each lesson to help develop the user's knowledge of the terminology as well as the commands.
Course Companion to AutoCAD® Architect Using AutoCAD® 2002
The print supplement provides reinforcement of the basic concepts presented in the online course. Each lesson glossary is included for reference. Information on completing each project is also included, allowing the user to practice and master the AutoCAD skills when offline.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
The AutoCAD program is a very powerful CADD (computer aided drafting and design) program that contains production tools for almost every application. Whether the AutoCAD user is an architect, an engineer (civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, electronic, aerospace, etc.), interior designer, landscape architect, construction consultant, draftsman, or widget designer, the contents in the "AutoCAD Architect" web site and this associated user manual will be an appropriate platform for learning the AutoCAD program. Although the applications presented on the web site and in this user manual are architectural in nature, students and professionals from completely diverse disciplines can successfully complete and effectively apply the course material to the production process for their own specific application.
Since 1986 (re1.2.18 of the AutoCAD program), the approach used in the "AutoCAD Architect" course has been introduced to over 4000 students and practicing professionals. The material presented has met the needs of a variety of individuals with different skills and learning abilities. A common concern of beginning CADD students is the complexity associated with the numerous AutoCAD books available on the open market. Students have stated that the information presented in these books is too confusing and somewhat overwhelming and they need an easy-to-follow, logical format that introduces commands one step at a time. "AutoCAD Architect" answers this desire for the beginning CADD user.
There are as many methods to provide instruction in AutoCAD, as there are instructors who teach the program. The individual philosophy of these instructors will vary with their experience and the success they have enjoyed within the learning environment.
Student success in these varied educational settings depends on the desire and backgrounds of the students themselves. Varied levels of expertise will position the students at different levels and capabilities. Computer literate students will feel more comfortable than first-time users. Students with computer graphics background will be more familiar with some of the basic concepts associated with CADD than beginning users. "AutoCAD Architect" is designed as a source of instruction that can be, manipulated in a regimented step-by-step classroom environment with direct instructor contact or as a self-paced, open entry, open exit learning experience or anything in between.
The delivery format of "AutoCAD Architect" has proven to be a very successful, user friendly learning environment that provides students and practicing professionals with an outstanding opportunity to grasp the AutoCAD program. The well-organized, easy-to-follow method of presentation has been developed through years of teaching experience in the classroom and continued professional application. It is this experience that guides the order of presentation, the format of the individual commands, the repetitiveness of the instruction, the minimal level of complexity, and the ease of the projects.
Over the next few pages, the user will be introduced to these concepts with an explanation as to why "AutoCAD Architect" is an appropriate platform for learning this complicated program. The thirty foundation commands and exercises are designed to allow the user to succeed. Each project builds upon previously learned commands and encourages the user to try each exercise numerous times in order to master the commands.
Presentation and Format
The order of presentation has been designed to allow the user to ease into the program without becoming overwhelmed by the magnitude and complexity of the AutoCAD program itself. The student will master some very simple commands that provide just enough knowledge to construct very basic drawings. With each new command, the method to complete a given exercise will be improved.
The techniques acquired in one command will carry over to new commands as they are introduced. Additionally, new features in successive commands can be applied back to previous learned commands. This order of presentation allows the user to apply knowledge immediately.
The format of individual commands is designed to provide a look and feel that enhances the user's ability to understand each new command. Upon mastering one command, the format of presentation for each successive command will be identical. This method of presentation reinforces the user's previously learned commands while eliminating the necessity to concentrate on format. This allows the user to focus on the important content. Because the format of individual commands has a look and feel that is uniform, the content and user's ability to comprehend that content become the primary focus of the learning environment.
The format and layout for each page of instruction on the web site is set up with the same look and feel. The content for the command is located near the top left with a supporting graphic to the right. A caption box accompanies each graphic. There is an enlarged graphic below the initial screen to enhance the user's view of the material. Across the top of each web site page is a list of common links (Screen Menu, Command Line, Glossary, four Examples, and an Application) to additional instructional content for each command.
The consistency of instruction used in "AutoCAD Architect" is designed to reinforce previously learned commands while making the introduction of new material easier to follow. By having a consistent look and feel to each and every command, the user will be guaranteed to have the same exposure to the same presentation format for each command. The uniform nature of "AutoCAD Architect" is designed to drive home the point for the beginning student or practicing professional.
"AutoCAD Architect's" minimal level of complexity is designed to jump-start the user into the AutoCAD program without becoming over burdened with all the special features associated with each command. It is very important that the beginning user recognize the ease with which the program can be utilized to create simple drawings. These same concepts (the thirty foundation commands) can be utilized to create almost any two-dimensional drawing. Most commands have multiple options to choose from, allowing the user to incorporate advanced features, which will improve productivity. These additional features are not required to create basic drawings, and are, therefore, usually not part of "AutoCAD Architect".
As the student or practicing professional communicates and works with other CADD users in the working environment, new features will come forth allowing the user to become more proficient with the program and the individual commands. The associated features of each of these commands are extensions of the true power of the program. Over time, with experience, the user will acquire the additional skills necessary to become very productive with the AutoCAD program. Practice, practice, practice!!!
The simplicity of projects in "AutoCAD Architect" is designed to provide an opportunity for duplicate efforts that reinforce the newly acquired commands. Each project elaborates on previous projects while adding new command functions. Because each project is so simple, the time spent to complete an exercise is not extensive and the user can experience a real sense of accomplishment.
It is highly recommended that the user complete each project numerous times in order to master the commands presented in the section that relates to that project. Additionally, the user can incorporate a "timing" mechanism into the production process to challenge the user to a "real world" experience.
Each of the previously mentioned components (order of presentation, format of the individual commands, consistency of the instruction, minimal level of complexity, and ease of the projects) work together with a multilevel instructional format that enhances each of the different skill levels of the individuals who are attempting to learn this very complicated program. Each instructional page is structured in the exact same fashion, which encourages the first-time computer user while embracing the skills of the more experienced students.
The content for a particular command is presented exactly the same for each new subsequent command, allowing for continuity of instruction. The graphics on any one page directly relate to the content on that page, reinforcing concepts with a visual image. The caption under the graphic is a very brief description of the content on that page relating directly to the image.
The content for a particular command is presented exactly the same for each new subsequent command, allowing for continuity of instruction. Each web page is designed exactly the same way. The command content is positioned on the left with the associated graphic on the right and an enlarged graphic below. Across the top of each web page is a list of links to different features for each command. These features are consistent from command to command. These features include: Introduction, Screen Menu, Command Line, Glossary, four Examples, and an application.
The user manual is provided as abbreviated supplemental information to the web site to assist the user with printed documentation. Like the web site, the user manual is organized with a similar "look and feel" from page to page and from lesson to lesson. Each lesson will address the primary features associated with the web site instruction, including Introduction, Screen Menu, Command Lines, examples, and applications. The user manual is intended to be a supplement to the web site and not a stand-alone instructional book. The user manual, unlike the web site (with numerous graphics) provides minimal content in the form of text with very few graphics. The user manual will reduce or eliminate the need for the student to download and print web site documentation, which can be very tim...
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