To Complete the HOUSE.DWG tutorial
Get SET UP# Open the "AutoCAD Tutorial.doc" found in the appropriate HANDOUTS folder
  1. Start up AutoCAD LT fromt the START menu
  2. Adjust your DISPLAY in the CONTROL PANELS to show a screen size of at least 1024x768 (1280x1024 works REALLY well if it is available and practical)
  3. Tile your windows so that you can follow the tutorial on one side, and do the work on the other side of your screen (It should look like the image on the right - the drawing is already underway in AutoCad)

Work diligently through the tutorial - you MUST observe each step along the way for it to work properly


Start AutoCad by* The EASY Way
    • Double-clicking an OLD drawing from your server
    • Use FILE NEW
    • Use SAVE AS right away and name it appropriately(Otherwise, it may not allow you to save the file later)
  • FROM SCRATCH IF presented with the initial dialogue (shown on the right)
    • Click ENGLISH (feet and inches)
SETUP your OSNAP right away* Click OSNAP at the bottom of the screen to turn it on
NOTE: If you CAN'T SEE Osnap - MAXIMIZE the main window on the screen to make it visable at the bottom!
  • Right Click and enter SETTINGS
  • Toggle the options as shown to engage:
    • Endpoint
    • Midpoint
    • Center
    • Quadrant
    • Perpendicular

SETUP your DRAWING UNITS right away
  • use FORMAT - UNITS to correct the way you set the sizes of your objects
    • Set PRECISION to 1/16"
SETUP your DIMENSION STYLES (if you need to correct the display of the dimension lines)* use DIMENSION - STYLE and Click MODIFY at the right side

  1. Select PRIMARY UNITS at the top
    1. Set UNIT FORMAT to fractional
    2. Set PRECISION to 1/16"
  2. Select TEXTat the top
    1. Set TEXT HEIGHT to 3/16"
  3. Select LINES AND ARROWSat the top
    1. Set Arrow Size to 3/16"
    2. Set EXTEND BEYOND DIM LINES to 3/16"
    3. Change the COLOUR of the Dimension and Extension lines to BLUE

Be sure your AutoCAD drawing is maximized to fill that tile on your screen
Set your UNITS before starting a new drawing
Hit the ESC key a couple of times if you ever need to stop a function and try a do-over

The OBJECTIVE is to create plans that view a project from three sides:


  • Edges should align between TFR views
  • Smaller dimensions should appear within larger dimensions
  • A dimension should never appear twice unnecessarily - even between TFR views

Students are provided with examples of traditional and innovative design and encouraged to discuss and assess these designs in terms of rationale and effect. After becoming familiar with design concepts, students will be assigned AutoCAD design tasks. These tasks will help them identify architectural components and determine room sizes to correct scale, and optimum placement. Students evaluation of their own designs against the original need and purpose will help them conceive and make modifications to improve the quality of products.


2.1 describe and use various forms of communication techniques to document a project or service from conception to completion (e.g., multimedia computer presentation, graphic or animation presentation, sketches and technical drawings, written or electronic report)

Service and Product Evaluation

3.1 demonstrate understanding of how to continuously evaluate projects and suggest improvements (e.g., choice of material, properties, shape, material or product selection for use in weather conditions, wood instead of metal, pulley instead of gear)

3.2 demonstrate an understanding of quality control to determine that project or service meets approved specifications or standard (e.g., dimensions are correct, joints are clean, welding bead is acceptable, use of accepted allergy testing methods, food ingredients meet safety standard)

3.3 incorporate appropriate technological concepts (e.g., structure, material, fabrication, mechanism, power and energy, controls, systems, function, aesthetics, ergonomics, environmental stewardship) in the design, fabrication and evaluation of a project, product or service

Common Learning Tool and Formative Evaluation

This tutorial external image msword.png AutoCAD Tutorial.doc was design as a tool to introduce AutoCAD as a Designing software to the students. The tutorial will guide the students through the design of a single house layout. Through this layout, students will learn about the AutoCAD's most common tools. At the end of the tutorial, students will be ask to applicate their knowledge through a project given by the instructor. This small project could be anything from a detailled layout of your bedroom to the layout of your dream house or even the layout of a familly restaurant.

In all, the purpose of this Formative Evaluation is to ensure that the students understood the application of the different software tools through the creation of a good layout. The final layout should demonstrate the use of various tools as well as layers and dimensions.

Here is an example of a project that has been designed by a student in the past.
external image msword.png House layout example.doc

Evaluation Tool

Here is an example of a project that could be use as an evaluation tool.

Online Tutorials: