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APST 255: Computer Aided Design is intended for students enrolled in the BSc (Architecture) program at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University. For those students interested in pursuing a career as a registered architect, this course also contributes to the RAIC Syllabus Diploma.
Area of Study: Applied Studies
Prerequisite: Basic trigonometry and algebra are recommended
Centre: RAIC Centre for Architecture
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
This course has a challenge for credit option.
Credit may be transferred for previous work considered equivalent.
APST 255: Computer Aided Design explores the fundamentals of Computer Aided Design (CAD). In this course, you will explore the use of computer technology to develop your ability to create innovative design solutions using critical thinking.
APST 255 is one of three communications courses that introduces the basic techniques and drawing systems of graphic representation in architecture. Together, these three courses are designed to help you develop a process of visualization, analysis, practice, and representation for the purpose of graphic communication.
APST 255 is comprised of the following projects:
After successfully completing this course, you will acquire proficiency in the following areas:
Your work in this course will be evaluated based on five projects. A final course grade of 67% or higher is required to pass the course. Grading information is summarized in the following table:
Note: Students who wish to be certified by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board must achieve and maintain a grade point average of 67% or greater.
Each project may include required reading or online resources linked through the Study Guide.
Students must also have access to the following CAD packages (which are available as student versions at no charge):
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the APST 255 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on each collection.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, October 18, 2019.
Updated November 08, 2019 by Student & Academic Services