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Visual Communications I

  • Fall 2020
  • Section All
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/20/2020 to 12/14/2020
  • Modified 08/04/2020


Architectural graphics is the focus of this course and will introduce students to basic techniques of freehand sketching, drafting, and perspective drawings. Rendering skills, shading, and introductory model building will also be addressed. The production of two-dimensional black and white architectural rendering and presentation drawings will be studied. (F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisite Course: Minimum 2.0 in ((DCTM 101 or concurrently) or Architectural Drafting Placement Test 80%)
Placement Scores: Reading Level 4 and Writing Level 4 and (Math Level 4 or minimum 2.0 in MATH 105 or MATH 106)

Contact Hours






Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and use traditional drafting equipment and drawing medium.
  2. Identify and present graphical images in orthographic, axonometric, and perspective representation, both free hand and with drafting equipment using standard graphic techniques.
  3. Identify and draw orthographic orientations using standard graphic techniques.
  4. Produce a set of drawings in orthographic mode using plans, sections, and elevations in order to create a cohesive explanatory unit.
  5. Recognize and define the X, Y, and Z-axis and the planes corresponding to this axis in an axonometric drawing.
  6. Differentiate the parts of an axonometric drawing.
  7. Create an exploded axonometric drawing using traditional drafting equipment.
  8. Define and recognize the differences between one, two, and three-point perspective drawings.
  9. Recognize, locate, and label the components of linear perspective including: station point, sight line, central axis of vision, cone of vision, picture plane, center of vision, horizon line, ground plane, ground line, convergence, and vanishing points.
  10. Apply the principles of convergence, foreshortening, diminution of size, and overlapping of graphic objects.
  11. Construct a one-point and two-point perspective drawing using traditional drafting equipment.
  12. Select and apply specified entourage for a drawing and maintain specified scale.
  13. Evaluate a design problem and compose a presentation board, which will meet the client’s information needs.
  14. Physically construct a presentation board, which will meet accepted standards for public viewing and discussion.
  15. Present and conduct himself/herself in a professional manner deemed necessary for public discussion.



Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 0-20%
Class Participation 5-20%
Projects 50-80%
Quizzes 0-10%
Reports/Presentations 10-20%


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the Transfer webpage.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC MTA webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Campus Resources, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-1924 [TTY (517) 483-1207] as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive educational environment that will benefit student success. In order to ensure this vision, the College has established the LCC Student Code of Conduct and the Student General Rules and Guidelines to ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as to support the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established guidelines for the redress of grievances by individuals accused in such proceedings.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422 or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

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