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Course Outlines

AICO 3010

AutoCAD: Advanced

School School of Energy
Program Applied Industrial Computing Option
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date April 10, 2021
End Date June 26, 2021
Total Hours 36
Total Weeks 11
Hours/Weeks 3.27
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites AICO 2000
CRN 59520

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Gordon Sigsworth
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location NA
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course explores AutoCAD's advanced features allowing the user to efficiently create 2D drawings. Topics such as drawing, modifying, annotating, dynamic block creation, attribute extraction, managing external references and plotting are covered in greater depth introducing new commands and options. Sheet sets and express tools are examined as is CAD workflow. The format includes lecture, discussion as well as hands-on exercises and assignments.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explore advanced 2D features of AutoCAD.
  • Utilize efficient 2D drawing methods.
  • Effectively use AutoCAD's newest features.
  • Reference and share information effectively.
  • Select the appropriate workflow for a project.
  • Use sheet sets to organize multiple file drawing sets.

Learning Resources

A Windows Operating system based computer with Internet access. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) should be used when accessing BCIT's environment.

AutoCAD 2018 to 2021 software installed on computer. Could use BCIT's AppsAnywhere software for remote access to AutoCAD 2021.

Calculator, pen, and paper.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Assignment 115Airport Layout Plan: Blocks, external references, tables. Setup three Layouts.
Assignment 220Mechanical assembly: xrefs, annotative text & dimensions, tables. Setup two Layouts.
Assignment 320Template file (*.DWT) creation: layers, styles, blocks, *.ctb file, layout setup.
Assignment 415Architectural Floor plan: Blocks, Dataextraction, tables. Setup one Layout.
Final Examination30Practical exam, 2 hours duration.

Course topics

  • Review AICO2000 material: Mtext, Fields, Dimension styles using Plotscale, Blocks with Attributes, Layout setup.
  • Review Annotative features: Text, Dimensions, Mleaders, Blocks, and Hatching. Setup a Layout.
  • Layer control tools, Layer Groups and Filter, Viewport specific Layer settings.
  • Viewing commands and methods, Windows Copy and Paste & Object Linking and Embedding (OLE).
  • Mtext, Dimensions, Blocks with attributes, Tables, Images.
  • Plotscale calculations and Style settings.
  • Selection options, Qselect Filter, Properties and Quick properties, U/Undo/Redo, Save/Saveas.
  • Xref drawings, In-Place block/Xref editing.
  • Blocks with Attributes.
  • Annotative text, dimensions, and mleaders.
  • Osnaps, Otrack, Polar Tracking, Measuregeom (Distance, Angle, Area/Volume), Measure/Divide.
  • Overview of editing commands, advanced features of Array.
  • Build a template file based on an engineering theme, populate with all required Named content and settings, create a *.ctb file to control plotted output, use Page setup.
  • Advanced features of Mtext: Tab stops, Column breaks, Bullets/numbering, indentation.
  • Table styles and Dataextraction tool.
  • Ordinate, Tolerance, and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) dimension types.
  • Import and Export of multiple file types.
  • Express Tools commands (Top Ten).
  • Plotting: Page setup, E-Transmit and Publish.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Energy

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Gordon Sigsworth, Instructor
March 25, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Paul Morrison, Interim Associate Dean
March 29, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.