MEC 1011 - Design Communication I
Fall 2004 Course Policy


Paul Johnson
Office: New Morrill 114


Mary Waldo
Office: Morrill 123A
Phone: 728-1349


Russell Mitchell


Feel free to contact any one of us to request an appointment for extra help. Please don’t let poor performance keep you from asking for help.

Catalog Description:

The course provides a basic understanding of the principles and technology of mechanical drawing and computer modeling as methods of documenting and communicating mechanical designs. The concepts of geometric construction, orthographic projection, sectional and auxiliary views, dimensioning, and fasteners are covered using hand-drawing techniques and basic drafting tools. Basic proficiency is also developed in computer-aided design (CAD) using a two-dimensional documentation software and a three-dimensional parametric solid-modeling software. The computer operating system, file management techniques, and email are also introduced. 6 hours of laboratory per week.

New this year:

        Less pencil and paper drawing and more use of the computer.

        Introduction of electronic notebooks.

        Students will first produce complete documentation of simple designs.

Time Commitment:

A common rule of thumb is that each course credit demands about 3 hours of student time per week. Those 3 hours per credit should lead a student of average skills to an average grade. A 2-credit course like this with two 3-hour meetings per week should give the option but not force students to work outside required meeting time.


Each student has 14 meetings with Johnson (1011 section called Lecture) and 14 meetings with Waldo or Mitchell (1011L section called Lab). Johnson’s meetings will introduce concepts (at first with pencil and paper), web authoring for electronic notebooks, and 2D modeling/documentation with AutoCAD, where Waldo/Mitchell will introduce file management, and 3D parametric solid modeling/documentation with Autodesk Inventor.


Engineering Design Communication, Conveying Design Through Graphics, Shawna D. Lockhart and Cindy M. Johnson, Prentice Hall, 2000
Autodesk Inventor R8 Fundamentals – Conquering the Rubicon, Elise Moss, Schroff.

Each point in the course carries the same weight. Final letter grades will be given based on a standard scale.





points each

= 480 points


Mid-Term Project




= 220 points


Final Project




= 300 points






=1,000 points

Quizzes may be given on short notice for a portion of the related assignment grade.

Attendance and Due Dates:
Attendance at every meeting is expected. All labs will run the full 2 hours and fifty minutes. Professional communication in advance of an absence can excuse the absence. Professional communication in advance of a due date can extend the due date. Failure to communicate prior to an absence or a missed due date will be seen as academic neglect and can lead to dismissal. Late assignments earn a zero grade. Late Projects lose 30 points every 24 hours up to an announced limit after which they earn a zero grade.

Academic Integrity:
Your academic integrity reflects your personal integrity. We expect honesty. If you represent someone else’s work or ideas as your own, you show disrespect for your peers that will not be tolerated.