MEC 1011 - Design Communication I
Randolph Campus

Fall 2012 Course Policy


Louise Maynard, Mary Waldo, Scott Horschel
Office: Clarke 114


Schedule and 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 would require about 6 hours per week, so with two 3-hour meetings per week, most students should complete all their work within the scheduled lab times on most weeks.  There may be exceptions of course.  Meeting deadlines will be very important, and will be discussed for each assignment.


The required text is “Engineering Graphics with SolidWorks 2012,” by David & Marie Planchard, published by SDC.  We will work intimately with this text, beginning on the first day, including using worksheets in the text.  You MUST have one!  There are many other references available on SolidWorks and drafting, which you’re encouraged to investigate.


Grading will be weighted on a 1000 point-scale as shown, then stated as a percentage.  The number of points for an assignment will depend on its complexity, and will be announced.  So for example, a 25-point assignment counts as 2.5% of your course grade, while Project 3 counts as 20% of your course grade.  Final letter grades will be given based on a standard scale.




25 to 75

points each

= 550 points

Project 1




= 100 points

Project 2




= 150 points

Project 3




= 200 points






=1,000 points

Attendance and Deadlines:

Attendance at every meeting is expected. All labs will run the full 2 hours and fifty minutes. If a student is absent from lab, they will receive a zero grade for the work assigned and due that day.  (In the case of an emergency or special situation, you must contact the instructor beforehand to see if other arrangements can be made.)  Late assignments earn a zero grade. Late projects lose 20 points per day up to an announced limit, after which they earn a zero grade.  Poor attendance and repeated missed deadlines will be seen as academic neglect and can lead to dismissal.



VTC is our workplace, for students, faculty and staff, so I expect that we will all treat each other with respect, courtesy, and professionalism.  As in any workplace, we will follow the rules below:

1      We will arrive at meetings on time.

2      We will not jump up to leave the room in the middle of a meeting.

3      We will turn cell phones off before meetings begin.

4      We will not wear headphones during meetings.

5      We will refrain from using rude language and behavior.

6      When someone else is speaking, we will listen.

A student who behaves unprofessionally will be asked to leave the meeting, and will earn a zero grade for that day’s work.

Academic Integrity:

Your academic integrity reflects your personal integrity. I expect that all of us will act ethically and honestly.  If you represent someone else’s work or ideas as your own, you show disrespect for your peers that will not be tolerated.  This course will follow VTC Policy # 107 on Cheating and Plagiarism.


Extra Help:

Please do not hesitate to ask for help outside of required class time. You can arrange meetings with your instructor via email, or at the office in Clarke 114.  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 (