MEC 1011 - Design Communication I

Fall 2010 Course Policy


Paul Johnson
Office: CLK 114
Link to Schedule:

Catalog Description (last revised in ’00?):

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 since ’04:

·         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.

New since ’08:

·         COSMOSWorks

Schedule and Time Commitment:

Each student has 14 First meetings and 14 Second meetings. First 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 SolidWorks.

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.


There are no required references for this course. However, you might like to ‘browse the cart’ of reserve materials in the library for this course. Some assignments may reference helpful texts in abbreviated form. For example, L&J refers to:

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

Or G refers to:

·         Technical Drawing (13th Edition) by Frederick E. Giesecke et. al., 2009


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:

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 can excuse the absence (email me or leave a message on my cell 802 279-5299 or as a last resort call Department Chair, Louise Maynard at 728-1284).

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 (First Meeting or Second Meeting). 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. I 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. I will most likely 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 (