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AutoCAD 1 – Basic 2D


AutoCAD 1 – Basic 2D

Learn the basic 2D features of the latest versions of AutoCAD. This introductory course covers drawing setup, basic construction and editing tools, layer management, object properties, basic annotation with text and dimensions, and an introduction to layouts and plotting.



Access Length

3 Months


Instructor Supported



Course Overview

The delivery format of this course is via self-directed, video lectures and demonstrations, PDF manuals, and online support via web-based discussion groups and email support.

This course is designed for the full, Windows version of AutoCAD.  Regarding running AutoCAD on a Mac, the best solution is to use the Mac’s Bootcamp utility and have a copy of Windows installed on its own partition. Parallels Desktop will also work and will allow you to install the full PC version of AutoCAD on your Mac.
Although there is an “AutoCAD for Mac” version available, it is not widely used and is missing many of the features found in the full Windows version of AutoCAD. The current Mac version will work for the level one course but if you continue your training with the intermediate and advanced courses, the further you go the more you will run into features that simply do not exist on the Mac software.

Upon successful completion of this course, the students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Set up an AutoCAD drawing.
  • Use construction commands to create a new drawing.
  • Use editing commands to modify an existing drawing.
  • Use annotation commands to add text and notes to a drawing.
  • Use dimensioning commands to add dimensions to a drawing.
  • Set up viewports to plot a single layout, single scale drawing.

Students can get a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk by going here.


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Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction to AutoCAD

Introduction to basic AutoCAD concepts and the AutoCAD interface. Using the online Help system. Entering, canceling, and repeating commands. Line, Circle, Arc, Polygon, Rectangle, Erase, and Undo commands introduced. Starting a new drawing, saving a drawing and opening a drawing. File utilities and windows file management techniques.

Lesson 2: Coordinates

Introduction to the Cartesian Coordinate system, methods of point entry and Dynamic input. New concepts also include navigating a drawing with the Zoom and Pan commands, Drawing Aids, and Object Snaps.

Lesson 3: Selection and Editing I

Introduction to basic selection methods. (Pick, Window, Crossing, Previous, and Last). Construction and Editing I – Erase, Move, Copy, Rotate, Offset, and Mirror.

Lesson 4: Polylines and Editing II

Creating and working with Polylines. Construction and Editing II – Trim, Extend, Fillet, and Chamfer.

Lesson 5: Setup, Layouts and Viewports

Discussion on drawing set up procedures. Using basic template drawings. Introduction to Paper Space. Creating single viewports and setting viewport scales.

Lesson 6: Inquiry and Editing III

Construction and Editing III – Stretch, Scale, and Lengthen. Breaking and Joining entities. Introduction to basic inquiry procedures with the List, Dist, ID, Area, and Measuregeom commands.

Lesson 7: Properties and Layers

Introduction to Layers and Object Propertes AutoCAD. Controlling linetypes with Ltscale and Celtscale. Students will learn how to set and modify properties through the Properties Palette. New commands include Layer, Properties, and MatchProp.

Lesson 8: Annotation

Discussion on procedures for adding text to a drawing. Setting a style and following standards. Students will learn techniques for creating and formatting text. Various options of the Mtext editor will be discussed in depth.

Lesson 9: Grips and Tracking

Introduction to grips and grip edit commands. Working with Polar Tracking and Polar Snap settings. Using Object snap tracking and the Align command.

Lesson 10: Points and Arrays

Construction & Editing IV – Donuts and Spirals. Xlines and Rays. Rectangular and Polar Arrays. Point, Divide and Measure.

Lesson 11: Dimension Overview

Introduction to dimensioning terms and commands. Introduction to dimension styles and style settings and how they control the appearance of dimensions. Students will learn how to create and manage both mechanical and architectural style dimensions.

Lesson 12: Dimension Editing

Editing and fine-tuning the appearance of dimensions with Child styles, dimension edit commands (Update, Edit and Tedit), grip editing, and the Properties palette.

All necessary course materials are included.

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