Course Syllabus

Three Credits (12–16 hrs per week)

Course Mission: The mission of this course is to help students learn mechanical engineering drafting standards and become proficient using SOLIDWORKS to create drawings to communicate product manufacturing and inspection information.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Drawing Views: Students will be able to interpret, create, and manipulate views for mechanical engineering drawings.
  2. Drawing Annotations: Students will be able to interpret and create annotations and symbols on mechanical engineering drawings.
  3. GD&T: Students will be able to interpret and create geometric dimensions and tolerances for mechanical engineering drawings.
  4. CSWPA-DT: Students will prepare for and pass the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional - Drawing Tools exam.
  5. Full Drawing Sets: Students will be able to interpret and create complete drawing packages of mechanical engineering drawings.


  • ME 172- Parametric Mechanical CAD

Required Materials and Technology

  • All instructional content is provided in the course.
  • SOLIDWORKS Design software is required. Download and installation instructions are in the course.

System Requirements


  • You must have a computer capable of running SOLIDWORKS and I-Learn. Please read the I-Learn Computer Standards and be sure you have the proper technology to access I-Learn and complete your course.
  • Ensure you have the proper hardware and software setup to run SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS requires minimum system requirements. Please review these system requirements and obtain the proper hardware and software necessary to run it—SOLIDWORKS System Requirements.
    • If you are off-campus and your computer is not capable of running the software, you must gain access to a computer in your community that is capable and willing to install and run SOLIDWORKS.
    • If you are on-campus and cannot install the software on your own computer, you may use the computers in the Mechanical Engineering computer labs located in AUS 153 and AUS 163.
  • Note for Apple/Mac users: SOLIDWORKS does not run on Mac computers. Those using Mac computers will need to either partition their drives or install Parallels Desktop with Microsoft Windows. You can obtain both here: University Store Student Software (select "More Software").
    • Mac users must purchase Parallels Desktop, but this is at a significantly reduced rate. After logging in at the link above, click on "More Software." If you don't find Parallels in the Most Popular list, click on "Security & Utilities."
    • Microsoft Windows is also offered for a very small fee to students. Click the Microsoft tab and choose the appropriate operating system—refer to the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements above. Be sure to install the operating system on the Parallels side of your Mac.

Course Architecture

This course runs in 14 one-week lessons with Week 01 at the beginning and Week 14 to wrap up. You will progress through the course by achieving competency in all course outcomes at a basic level, then again at an intermediate level for each outcome. Once the intermediate level is achieved you will pursue some advanced level of competency in each outcome. Each weekly lesson is open from the beginning of the semester.

SOLIDWORKS Certification

A key part of this class is completing the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Drawing Tools (CSWPA-DT) exam. This certification is recognized by industry and will be taken in Unit 6. The CSWPA-DT has a 30 day waiting period between retakes. Official information can be found on the Solid Works Certification Program. Students will be issued a digital certificate upon passing the exam. Students will be given 100 minutes to complete the exam and must achieve a grade of 75 percent or higher to pass.

The exam must be proctored. If you are on BYU-Idaho campus there is a schedule that will be shared with you in the course to request a proctoring time. If you are off campus, you must contact your instructor to work it out.

Typical Unit Structure

There are 14 weekly sections. Within each week, there are typically six assignments. Assignments 1–5 are the formative assignments where you are able to watch videos and learn concepts by watching and doing. Assignment 6 is the Ponder assignment where you will apply the concepts you have already learned in new ways. You will also notice that Weeks 06 and 13 are highlighted in yellow. These weeks provide you with the opportunity to prove your mastery of the outcomes. Week 06 is the official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Drawing Tools Exam (CSWPA-DT). Week 13 is a project requiring you to create a complete drawing package of mechanical systems.

Course Structure and Grading

Students will progress through the semester by achieving competency in all five outcomes. The table below shows how each week relates to the outcomes. It also shows how grades will be determined. Student grades will start at zero at the beginning of the semester, and will increase with each completed assignment. For instance, after completing Week 01, a student should have a maximum grade of 4 percent and after completing Week 02, the maximum grade could be as high as 10 percent, etc. See the table below as an example:

Late Policy

Since there are 14 units in the course and 14 weeks in the semester, you will be expected to complete one unit each week. Each assignment has a due date. Please review your I-Learn Calendar for each assignment's due date. Work can be completed and resubmitted at any time before the semester ends. However, you will receive a 2% deduction per day, the  lowest possible grade is 50%. 

Plan your weekly schedule wisely to set aside adequate study time that allows you to work at a healthy and steady pace throughout the course.

For more information on how due dates are set up in this course, see the How to Understand Due Dates page. Please don't fall behind. It will be very difficult to do well in the class. You are welcome to work as far ahead as you want.

Course Structure




Overall Score


Drawing Views


Course Introduction


5% F


Basic Drawing Views


12% F


Intermedia Drawing Views


19% F


Advanced Drawing Views 7% 26% F


Drawing Tables and BOM 7% 33% F


CSWPA - DT 15% 48% F
Dim. & Tol.


Drawing Standards and Symbols 7% 55% F


Tolerance Stack; Hole/Shaft Fits 7% 62% D-


GD&T Fundamentals 7% 69% D+


GD&T Form Controls 7% 76% C


GD&T Orientation and Profile 7% 83% B


GD&T Location and Runout 7% 90% A-


Industry Project 16% =16% 100% A


EXTRA CREDIT Projects 10% =10% 110% A

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 93 -100%
A- 90 - 92%
B+ 87 - 89%
B 83 - 86%
B- 80 - 82%
C+ 77 - 79%
C 73 - 76%
C- 70 - 72%
D+ 67 - 69%
D 63 - 66%
D- 60 - 62%
F 59% and below

Keys to Success

BYU-Idaho Learning Model

All courses, including online courses, at BYU-Idaho follow a pattern of learning that enables students to take more responsibility for their own learning and for helping to teach one another. This pattern is called the Learning Model. Here are two pages to help you better understand the Learning Model:

Take charge of your education by applying the Learning Model | Learning Model interactive tutorial

Tips for Success in this Course

  • As a three credit course, you should expect to spend around 9–12 hours per week (3–4 hours per credit-hour) completing course activities and assessments. Plan your weekly schedule wisely to set aside adequate study time that allows you to work at a healthy and steady pace throughout the course.
  • Read your announcements and communications from your instructor each week before beginning the materials. Your instructor will provide timely information about changes, expectations, and other important things to note as you begin the weekly lesson.
  • A tips sheet is provided in the course, which provides tips on common errors students struggle with. We encourage you to look through the tips sheet before beginning any assignment and refer to it first if you run into a problem trying to complete the assignment.
  • Each unit also has a Discussion: Q&C forum where students can help each other as they work through the unit assignments. We encourage you to visit this forum often to help your fellow students and receive help in return. Your instructor and/or TA will also be involved in this forum to help answer and clarify questions posted.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Student Honor Code

Student Honor is following the path of discipleship and learning to be more like Christ—learning to think, to feel, and to act more as He does. Following the Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Academic honesty and integrity is expected of all BYU-I students.

  • Copying another’s work from the internet, a book, or any other source and claiming it as your own work is plagiarism. Read the official definitions of plagiarism and cheating from the Academic Honesty portion of the Honor Code. Each case of plagiarism or cheating will be dealt with by the instructor. Any academic dishonesty issue will be referred to the BYU-I Dean of Students if necessary. When working on a group project, you have the responsibility to assure that others in the group do not plagiarize.
  • Even though you are taking this course online, BYU-Idaho’s Dress and Grooming standards still apply.

By adhering to the Honor Code you will create a learning environment, “consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”


This syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises, based upon circumstances. Any changes will be available to view in the course documents.

Student Support

Tutoring and Academic Support

Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. There are tutors available to help you with your writing questions and there might be course-specific tutoring available. Check the Online Tutoring page for more details.

Online Support Center

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Course Summary:

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