DTM*4600 Computer Assisted Design

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2023 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

Landscape designs and visualizations will be prepared with computer technology using landscape and turfgrass related projects. Drafting, design, visualization or modeling software will be taught and used to create plans, views, pictures and/or models.

Pre-Requisites: DTM*2200, DTM*2400, (DTM*1400 or DTM*2010)

Restricted to Associate Diploma students in the Turfgrass Management program


Teaching Assistant:


Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to WebAdvisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

At the successful completion of the course the student should be able to:
  1. Understand the fundamentals of CAD
  2. Have an awareness and appreciation for computer technology as it relates to design and construction projects.
  3. Have developed skills in utilizing a CAD system to prepare graphic solutions for landscape design and construction projects

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

Introduction to the course + Introduction to CADTopics discussed: Computers and CADD Software in Landscape Design and Turf Management, Starting Autocad, AutoCAD Screen Layout, Opening existing files, Navigating around a drawing using Zoom and Pan, Saving a dwg file, creating backup files, Setting up your Units, Calculating Limits using Paper size and scale, Paper Space vs Model Space, Setting Up a Page Layout step by step, and Drawing a Line.

Basic Drawing and Title Blocks
Topics discussed: Drawing other shapes- Circle, Polyline (explode, pedit), Rectangle, Arcs, Basic Modify commands, Erase, Selecting objects, More Modify commands - move, copy, offset, mirror, rotate, trim, extend, fillet, chamfer.

Annotations: Text
Topics discussed: Single Line Text, Multi-Line Text, Font Styles, Text height -non-annotative vs annotative, Text in paper space

Layers and Line types
Topics discussed: Layers, Examples of Layers, Creating a new layer, Line types and their scale, Line weights, Lineweights via Layers, Lineweights via Colors (.ctb file), Layer Standards, Changing object properties

Advanced Drawing and Techniques
Topics discussed: Parallel and perpendicular o-snap, Advanced rectangle, Object snap tracking, Hatching

CAD Blocks
Topics discussed: What are Blocks and why are they used? Examples of blocks, Blocks in manual drafting, Blocks in AutoCAD, Creating your first Block, Inserting Blocks, Editing Blocks, Saving blocks as external Files, Block libraries

Annotations: Dimensions
Topics discussed: Dimensioning, Dimension styles, Method of dimensioning- 3 tier and single string, Dimensions in paperspace

Plotting + Annotations: Leader Lines
Topics discussed: Multi leaders, adding leader lines, Plotting to a PDF, Plotting to Paper

Introduction to other Technical Drawings
Topics discussed: Polyline widths, Controlling the UCS, Site section

Topics discussed: Section Drawings In relation to CAD, Landscape Design, and Turf Management

Topics discussed: Detail Drawings In relation to CAD, Landscape Design, and Turf Management

External References
Topics discussed: External references, attaching drawings, attaching images, attaching excel

Course Wrap-Up
Topics discussed: Summary of the Course

Labs & Seminars:

In this course students will be introduced to one of the major CAD programs on the market today.  This course is project oriented and hands on.  A series of assignments will allow the student to gradually develop expertise in using AutoCAD to prepare golf course design and construction drawings.  

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark Learning Outcomes Assessed
12 Weekly Exercises
Assignment 1
1, 2
Assignment 2
1, 2, 3
Assignment 3
1, 2, 3

Final examination:

There is no final exam scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

Not applicable.

Recommended Texts:

Not applicable.

Lab Manual:

Not applicable.

Other Resources:  

All U of G students can acquire a free copy of AutoCAD, the CAD software program that will be the focus of this course. Students are encouraged to download this software to their personal computer. This will allow the student to work on the course assignments outside of the scheduled class time. Students are also encouraged to bring their computer to class.

For AutoCAD Download please visit: https://www.autodesk.ca/en/products/autocad/trial-intake

For Computer Specifications please visit: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-AutoCAD-2022-including-Specialized-Toolsets.html

Field Trips:

Not applicable.

Additional Costs:

For this course, you will need a USB memory stick to store your work. If you do not already own one, please purchase one before the next class. Memory sticks are generally available at minimal cost. Please bring this with you to each class.

You should purchase a memory stick that has at least a minimum of 5 GB of memory

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Assignments will be marked according to the University of Guelph grade range definitions published in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Please submit assignments by the scheduled deadline in class, unless otherwise instructed.  Late penalties (of 10% per day) may be applied if the required deadline is not met.

All students will receive 20% of their final grade (with feedback) by the 40th day of class.

Course Policy on Group Work: 

Not applicable.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor.  When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Other Course Information:

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