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MEC 1012
Design Communication II

Vermont Technical College

Randolph Center, Vermont


MEC1012  Design Communication II                Class Policy                 Spring, 2004

Competent technicians and engineers must be able to describe their designs, inventions, machines, and ideas to other people.  This course is the second of two to further develop students’ skills in communication of designs and in computer-aided drafting and design (CADD).  A long-term team design project will give students practice in teamwork skills, project management and the design process.  Each student will spend one 3-hour session with Ms. Chioffi, and one 3-hour session with either Ms. Waldo or Mr. Johnson, for a total of 6 hours per week in class.  All sessions are scheduled in Morrill Addition 310.




2:00 – 4:50

Ms. Chioffi



2:00 – 4:50

Mr. Johnson



9:00 – 11:50

Ms. Chioffi



8:00 – 10:50

Ms. Waldo



The grade for this course will be half from Assignments and half from the Project, as detailed in the table.  It will be based on 1000 “points”, so that a 50-point assignment, for example, would be worth 5 % of your course grade.  All Project work will be graded as a team.  In Project Review #3, 50 points of your grade will be determined by a peer review.

QUANTITY        DESCRIPTION                                                                           EACH   TOTAL


Assignments (Chioffi)




Assignments (Chioffi)




Assignments (Waldo / Johnson)




Project Review (70 pts Chioffi / 30 pts Waldo / Johnson)




Project Review (105 pts Chioffi / 45 pts Waldo / Johnson)




Project Review (175 pts Chioffi / 75 pts Waldo / Johnson)



COURSE TOTAL                                                                                                       1000


An Assignment could be an Inventor model, an AutoCAD drawing, or some other short-term assignment.  The topic for each assignment will be introduced by one instructor, and work on that assignment will usually continue the following week with the same instructor.  Most of the work on Assignments will be accomplished during class time, though work outside class is certainly allowed.  Asking questions of the instructor is encouraged, and consultation with classmates is allowed, though all submitted assignments must be the individual student’s work.


The Project is an in-depth design project that will be introduced in the first week, and will continue throughout the semester.  Approximately half the lab time will be dedicated to work on the Projects, though students are allowed to work outside class as well.  Students will work in teams on the project, though will be graded individually.  Project grades will be given at 3 different times of the semester during the Project Reviews.  The 3rd Project Review will include an oral presentation component.

Late Assignments received after the due time and day will be reviewed by the instructor, but will receive a Zero grade.  No make-up of these will be scheduled.

Late Projects will incur a 25-point penalty per school-day.

Class Conduct should be based on common sense, but specifically no mobile phones, CD players, headphones etc.  And, computer use is limited to objectives of the course.  If it is not tolerated in the workplace then it is not tolerated in this class.

Honor Principle

We expect that all of us will act ethically and honestly.  All work that is submitted must show evidence of individual effort.  Submitting the work or ideas of others as your own is plagiarism. This course will follow VTC Policy # 107 on Cheating and Plagiarism.

Learning Accommodations

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 Judd Support Center, extension 1278, or by email ( rgoodall@vtc.edu) .

Required Texts and Tools:

Modern Graphics Communication, 2nd Edition, Giesecke et al, Prentice Hall

AutoCAD 2004 Tutorial, Randy Shih, SDC Publications

Zip disk

Bound notebook (not spiral or 3-ring type) at  least 7” x 9”, about 50 pages

Design Notebook:

A Design Notebook will be kept by each group.  In the workplace, this documentation is extremely important, for safety, for patent considerations, or for team communication.

This is the place to keep a hard copy of design meeting notes, progress log, research, drawings and other documentation critical to the progression and completion of the project.


If you have questions at any time, please ask.  You needn’t wait until the next class time.  Each instructor will announce when they will be available in their offices, and all are accessible by e-mail.

Ms. Waldo                   Morrill 123a                              mwaldo@vtc.edu        728-1349

Mr. Johnson                Morrill Addition 114                  pjohnson@vtc.edu