Course code DatZ5003

Credit points 6

Computer Aided Design

Total Hours in Course162

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes40

Independent study hours114

Date of course confirmation17.01.2012

Responsible UnitInstitute of Engineering and Energetics

Course developer

author prof.

Ilmārs Dukulis

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The purpose of the course is to obtain extended understanding on the concept of computer aided design and spheres of usage in solving of engineering problems, as well as basic principles of computer aided system selection. Practically master course students acquire the possibilities of drawing of different components using AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical or equivalent packages.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge on the concept of computer aided design and spheres of different CAD system application, the basic principles of computer aided system selection. Knowledge is assessed in Test 1 and practical works. Skills to choose an appropriate software application related to the computer aided design sphere basing on the problem nature, to use the software in creating of technical documentation, for example, drawings and specifications, and to present them. Skills are assessed in Test 2, practical and independent works. Competence, working in group or independently, to use the information technology facilities for the solving of engineering problems and to manage them, as well as to convince others and argue own viewpoint. Competences are assessed in practical and independent works.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Overview and demonstration of software, hardware and auxiliaries used in computer aided design. – 1 h
2. Drawing simple lines and shapes. Modifying simple lines and shapes. Using snaps. – 3 h
3. Hatching and text in drawing. Displaying dimensions in drawings. Defining dimension styles. – 3 h
4. Defining and applying layers. Size and form deviations. Use of templates in drawing. Preparation of title block. Saving the template. – 4 h
5. Placing of typical blocks in the drawing. Block creation, editing. Copying of styles and layers from other drawings. – 2 h
6. Sample drawings to reinforce acquired skills. – 4 h
7. Preparation and printing of drawing output. – 1 h
8. Creating 3-D models. 3-D coordinate systems. Views. Tools for building and editing of full-size models, planar and curved surfaces. Visualization of 3-D objects. – 4 h
9. Test 1 on the theoretical aspects of the first part of the course. – 1 h
10. Construction of axonometric image in Isometric Drafting mode. – 2 h
11. AutoCAD and Solidworks 2D and 3D file interchangeability. – 3 h.
12. Basic principles of standardized product selection when working with AutoCAD Mechanical tools. – 1 h
13. Using the Screw Templates, Screw Connection, Screw, Washer, Nut, Rivet, Accessories, and Pins tools in the Fasteners panel of the Content tab. – 5 h
14. Using the Holes and Parts panels’ tools of the Content tab. – 3 h
15. Using the Shaft panel tools of the Content tab. – 2 h
16. Using the Motors tool of the Content tab. – 2 h
17. Using the Chains/Belts and Springs tools in the Calculation panel of the Content tab. – 2 h
18. Test 2. Test on the theoretical aspects of the second part of the course. – 1 h

19. Overview of screen recording tools. Overview of video tutorial preparation principles and preparation of simple video tutorials using CamStudio, ActivePresenter, or similar software. – 4 h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Students receive a final mark if they have successfully completed the tasks assigned in practical works and have passed two tests, as well as developed and presented individual tasks. The tasks performed in the practical works have to be presented. Presentation includes short oral report of each finished task as well as answers to the questions about the theoretical aspects of this topic. Theoretical knowledge is assessed as a test. The overall assessment depends on the average assessment of practical works, the average assessment of tests and the average assessment of individual tasks.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Development and presentation of a 2D drawing according to an individual task. Development and presentation of a 3D drawing according to an individual task. Preparation of a video tutorial on inserting standardized products into a drawing from the AutoCAD Mechanical library (for each student on different standardized products from the Content tab). Development and presentation of a drawing related to the topic of the master’s thesis.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student will get a successful mark in test if at least 50% of the tasks in the test are properly solved. The student receives high mark if the tasks performed in the practical and independent works are completed, well-designed and the student is able to answer the questions.

Compulsory reading

1. Dukulis I. Pamati darbā ar AutoCAD 2018: mācību e-grāmata. Jelgava, 2018. 178 lpp.
2. Omura G., Benton B.C. Mastering AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018. John Wiley & Sons, 2017. 1048 p.

3. Onstott S. AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 Essentials. John Wiley & Sons, 2017. 432 p.

Further reading

1. Čukurs J., Nulle I., Dobelis M. Inženiergrafika. Mašīnbūves rasēšana: Mācību grāmata. Rīga: RaKa, 2008. 256 lpp.
2. Čukurs J., Viļumsone I., Nulle I. Inženiergrafika (Tēlotājas ģeometrijas pamati, projekciju rasēšana. Konstruktoru dokumentācija. Datorizētās projektēšanas pamati). Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 416 lpp.
3. Čukurs J., Vronskis O. Tehniskā grafika: Mācību grāmata. Rīga: RaKa, 2008. 266 lpp.
4. Plantenberg K. Engineering Graphics Essentials with AutoCAD 2018. Instruction. Mission, KS: SDC Publications, 2017. 950 p.

5. Simmons C., Phelps N. The essential guide to technical product specification: engineering drawing. BSI British Standards Institution. London: BSI, 2009. 204 p.


The study course is included in the compulsory part of the academic higher education master study programme “Agricultural Engineering” for sub-programs “Agricultural Technologies and Techniques”, “Vehicles and Service”, “Machine Design and Manufacturing”. 1st year, 2nd semester.