Course Syllabus

CS 78.1A Make it with 3D Printing
Course Syllabus


Course Description

Learn where to find 3D models and turn them into physical objects using a variety of 3D printers. Includes learning about the features and abilities of 3D printers and the software and hardware used for 3D printing.


Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:
1. Find and download existing 3D models.
2. Print objects on a selection of 3D printers.

Class Meetings

This class is being taught in-person on Mondays 5:30-9:30 pm, starting on April 3rd, 2023.

Instructor Contact

Donald Laird


Phone: (707) 524-1809

I try my best to respond to emails within 2 work days. You must put the class section number in the subject line of any email you send to me.

Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmates' work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.




Required Software

To be discussed in class


Important Dates

Day Class Begins: 4/3/2023

Day Class Ends: 5/22/2023

Last Day to Add without instructor's approval: 4/3/2023

Last Day to Drop with refund: 4/3/2023

Last Day to Add with instructor's approval: 4/10/2023

Last Day to Drop without a 'W' symbol: 4/10/2023

Last Day to Opt for Pass/No Pass: 4/17/2023

Last Day to Drop with a 'W' symbol: 5/14/2023

Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it. A student may be dropped from any class when that student's absences exceed ten percent (10%) of the total hours of class time. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact the instructor to avoid being dropped from the class.


For face-to-face courses, students who fail to attend the first class meeting may be dropped by the instructor.  

Pass‐NoPass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online in your student portal or file the P/NP form with Admissions and Records. With a grade of C or better, you will get P.

You must file for the P/NP option by the deadline listed above. Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade.

Instructor Announcements and Q&A Forum

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences. 

Late Policy

All assignments are due at the start of class on the due date, unless other instructions are given. A late submission will receive a 50% penalty. Submissions more than one week late are not accepted without prior arrangement.


There will be an online final exam. The material comes from the class lectures and supplemental materials. If the exam is missed or submitted late, a zero will be recorded as the score. It is your responsibility to take the exam by the due date.

Grading Policy

Click the “Grades” link in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I grade once a week and post grades and comments in the Canvas gradebook.

Grades will be assigned as follows:










If taking Pass/No Pass you need at least 70% of the total class points and complete the

midterm exam and the final exam to pass the class.

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Code of Conduct page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. Students are encouraged to share information and ideas, but not their work. See this link on Plagiarism:
SRJC's statement on Academic Integrity

Special Needs

Every effort is made to conform to accessibility standards for all instructor-created materials. Students should contact their instructor as soon as possible if they find that they cannot access any course materials. Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278).

List of assignments

Note to students: the assignments listed below do not include all course content. To view all course content, go to Modules.


Course Summary:

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