Course Description

Three credits course with two lecture hours and three lab hours per week for the duration of the semester.  The course will focus on the development of an understanding of how Information Technology (IT) is used in the process of presenting design information.

During the course, students will operate and develop skills in using the computer and CAD applications for the purposes of creating project information documents, that includes reports and design drawings.  The course will focus in developing student skills to create 2D and 3D models and use rendering and animation applications to present them.  In addition, students will work in a computer network environment, which enable them practicing this tool to create, manage, and exchange project information efficiently.

Emphasis of the course will be on the use of computer as a tool and a method in building design. Exercises will serve to develop skill in using the computers to explore and document design ideas.  Demonstrations will introduce students to additional uses of the computer as a design tool, and supplemental lectures will relate the work of the lab to other types of computer graphics, computer-aided design, Virtual Reality, the role of computer-aided drafting and design in architectural offices.

Course Objectives

  1. Presentation and discussion of general terms, definitions, and methods of personal computing.

  2. Understanding of Windows-NT environment and computing at KFUPM.

  3. Develop studentsí skills in using personal computing in office applications, such as word-processing, spreadsheet, database.

  4. Develop studentsí skills in using the CAD systems to generate drawings, and understanding the manner in which design ideas can be explored and presented.

  5. Exposure to the range of CAD systems on the market and their different capabilities and applications.

  6. Knowledge of CAD as a tool and a method in the production of architectural drawings in 2D and 3D.

  7. Skills in using rendering and animation techniques to enhance the presentation of architectural ideas.

  8. Appreciation of the influence of computer graphics on architectural building design.

  9. Enhancement of the students' self-management skill with respect to time utilization, organization, efficiency, and accuracy.


Course Content and Sequence

The course is divided into four inter-related parts, each containing a series of lectures and exercises, including a final project.


1.         Introduction to Personal Computers and Windows-NT environment

Initial lectures and exercises will focus on developing student understanding of the personal computer Windows environment that includes file management, networking, E-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, Database, communications and connectivity.

 2.         Introduction to computer graphics and the use of Architectural Desktop (AutoCAD 2000i)

The first part of this portion will introduce students to computer graphic applications to generate basic drawings in 2-D environments. Lectures and demonstrations will include drawing and editing commands, text writing, hatching, dimensioning, blocks and x-ref. creation and insertion, layer management, and plotting.

The second part will introduce the students to 3D environment in AutoCAD that include; Solid and surface modeling, extrusion, coordinate systems, 3D viewing and other related command.

Exercises will parallel and demonstrate the mastery of these basic skills.



3.         Development of skills on using 3D MAX VIZ as a rendering and animation application.

The third portion of the course will emphasize the attainment of a high level of proficiency at operating rendering and animation software.  Students will be introduced to 3D MAX VIZ software and be expected to transfer basic knowledge about working on computer graphics software in order to be able to render and animate 3D models. The full range and power of this software will be used to generate complete and realistic presentation. Discussion will include lights and cameras controls, textured material creation and mapping and key framing.

 4.         Final lectures will deal theoretically and practically with how consulting offices exchange project information.


Course Requirements

1          ATTENDANCE

            Students are required to be in attendance at all times in the lab during the scheduled periods, without exceptions.  Labs will begin promptly.  Two unexcused absences will cause a warning letter to the offending student requiring him to confer with the department chairman.  Additional unexcused absences, in accordance with University Policy, may be cause for the student to be administratively withdrawn from the course with DN grade. Students will be expected to work until the end of the lab sessions and to start the week's assignments in class. One point will be deducted for every late attendance. 2 points for every unexcused absence.

2          LAB WORK

            All work should be done in the lab. Within regular lab hours there will be no visitors, radios, food, drink, or smoking. Prayer times should be observed. The regulations of the CED CAD Center must be followed.

3          ASSIGNMENTS

            Students are required to complete and hand in on time all assignments, both large and small.  Points will be deducted for late submissions.  When allowed, work on the workstations may be done during lab hours.  Work in the CED CAD center may be done during its posted hours of operation and when not reserved for another class use. Students are required to comply with the assignments given and not undertake alternative efforts without the satisfactory completion of the original assignment. It is expected that assignments can be worked on during part of the lab period but approximately 3 hrs per week of additional time will need to be spent on the assignments to complete them in an average manner. Extra work is always, however, encouraged.   Assignment must be saved on the homework folder as will be explained.


4          BOOKS

            In additional to the assigned textbook, handouts will be provided as required. Additional assignments and information may be extracted from the following sources, which form a recommended reference reading list:


AutoCAD 2000 Userís Guide.

AutoCAD Command Reference.

Autodesk 3D Max Reference Manual.

Autodesk 3D Max Tutorials.


5          NOTEBOOK

            Each student is required to maintain a folder containing the following sections.  The folder may be reviewed any time for completeness.


A         Lecture notes distributed by the instructor and hand-notes.

B          Reading notes-taken while doing assigned reading and included in this section for reference and review for exams.

C         Written exercises-completed written work and papers.

D         Handouts-assignments, schedules, etc.



            The final term grade will be determined by the instructor based on assignments, quizzes (which may be given during lab hours), exams, and the student's progress, attitude, participation, and attendance pattern.  The term grade will be calculated on a numerical basis, which will be converted to a letter grade at the end of the semester.  The approximate proportion of the components of the course in determining the final grade is to be as follows:

             Assignments                                                                           25 %

Midterm Exam                                                                         20 %

Term Project                                                                            15 %

Final Exam                                                                               20 %

Quizzes                                                                                      5  %

Participation and personal qualities                                       5  %

Attendance                                                                               10  %


The grading scheme for all work is a point system.  When the work is assigned, it is indicated as being worth a certain number of points. More important and longer assignments are worth more points and, similarly, less important and shorter assignments are worth less.  In this way each assignment is proportional to the other work of the course in a specific manner.  At the end of the semester, the total number of points earned compared to the total number possible will be the basis for calculating the final grade.


Work not submitted on time will receive no credit.


Work that is copied will not be accepted for grading and will result in a failing (F) of the course.  As well, the person from whom the work was copied, if he has knowingly assisted in the copying, may be subject same plenty.

Do not give your password to anybody.  You will be responsible for any illegal access to any account through your user ID.