MEC 1011 - Design Communication I
Fall 2005 Course Policy

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Paul Johnson
Office: MOA 114

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

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 last year:

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

         Introduction of electronic notebooks.

         Students first produce complete documentation of simple designs.

         More geometric tolerancing.

Schedule and Time Commitment:

Each student has 14 1011 ‘lecture’ meetings with Johnson and 14 1011L ‘lab’ meetings with Waldo or Johnson. Lecture meetings will introduce concepts (at first with pencil and paper), 2D construction with AutoCAD and web authoring, where lab meetings will introduce file management, and 3D parametric solid modeling/documentation with Autodesk Inventor.

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.


         Engineering Design Communication, Conveying Design Through Graphics, Shawna D. Lockhart and Cindy M. Johnson, Prentice Hall, 2000

         Autodesk Inventor 9: An Introduction, Ron K.C. Cheng, autodesk Press, 2004.


Each point in the course carries the same weight. Quizzes may be given on short notice for a portion of the related assignment grade. Final letter grades will be given based on a standard scale.





points each

= 360 points





points each

= 120 points


Mid-Term Project




= 220 points


Final Project




= 300 points






=1,000 points

Attendance and Deadlines:

Each Instructor will have their own policy. Late projects lose 30 points every 24 hours up to an announced limit after which they earn a zero grade.

Johnson’s meetings:
Attendance at every meeting is expected. All labs will run the full 2 hours and fifty minutes. Failure to communicate prior to an absence or a missed deadline will be seen as academic neglect and can lead to dismissal. Professional communication in advance of an absence (email me or call Department Chair, John Kidder at 728-1783) can excuse the absence. Professional communication in advance of a deadline (email) can extend the deadline if the communication includes a commitment to a new due date and time. No assignment deadlines can be extended further than the beginning of the next like meeting (1011 or 1011L). Late assignments earn a zero grade.

Waldo’s meetings:
Attendance at every meeting is expected. All labs will run the full 3 hours. All labs for my sections are due at the end of the lab. Late labs will be corrected but will receive a zero (0) grade. Paper printouts must be in my hands by the end of lab and I will lock the V: drive files at that time. Exceptions may (or may not) be granted if prior communication is received.

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.

Extra Help:

Please do not hesitate to ask for help outside of required class time. You can arrange meetings via email. Ms. Waldo will likely be found in her office. Mr. Johnson will be found in a computer lab and help if you need it. Additionally, if you’d like a tutor, contact Dan Boyce, Academic Skills Coordinator, in Conant Hall 223 (728-1519 or


Students with disabilities, whether physical, psychological, or learning, who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Learning Specialist as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. Please meet with Robin Goodall to verify your eligibility for accommodation and/or academic assistance related to your disability. She can be reached at the Student Support Center (Conant 224), extension 1278, or by email (