Syllabus GE101B

Instructor:                            Jim Leake        309 TB           (217) 244-0401

Head Teaching assistant:  Michael Halloran

Teaching assistants:           Harish Narasingaraj, Siyao Luan, Sagnik Das, Pranay Devnani


Course structure:               Credit hours                three

(Credit & contact hours)

Lecture                        twice a week for one-hour period

Modeling Lab             once a week for two-hour period

Sketching Lab            once a week for one-hour period


Text:                              Engineering Design Graphics: Sketching, Modeling, and Visualization, 2nd edition, by Leake and Borgerson



Illinois Compass (

Autodesk design community (



Portable storage device (USB flash device or portable HD)

Mechanical pencils – 0.5, 0.7 mm


Software:                    Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015, Autodesk SketchBook



Dimension SST 1200 3D printer

iPad Air tablets

Z Corp 700 handheld laser scanner

Microscribe G2X digitizer

Wacom Cintiq 21ux interactive pen display

HP T1100ps 44″ DesignJet Printer



30%     2 Written exams

20%     2 Modeling exams

20%     Design project

16%     Lab assignments (modeling, sketching)

14%     Miscellaneous (sketch portfolio, quizzes, assignments)

Course Goals:                    

  1. To develop spatial visualization and reasoning skills.
  2. To gain familiarity with the standards and conventions of engineering design graphics.
  3. To use geometric modeling software (e.g., parametric) as a design and visualization tool. Emphasis placed upon learning general modeling concepts and techniques.
  4. To gain exposure to digital simulation and prototyping tools commonly used in product design.
  5. To develop sketching skills using pencil and paper, and digital tablets.
  6. To introduce engineering design methodology, and to demonstrate the role of graphics in the engineering design process.
  7. To provide insight into the product design process, in particular as it relates to the architecture and functionality of the product.