Sustainable Construction and Design

Sustainable Construction and Design Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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CAD200 CAD SoftPlan

3 credits – The CAD SoftPlan course will introduce students to an object based CAD program and the process involved in generating a complete set of residential working drawings. Emphasis will be placed on setting up a drawing, using file management,organizing architectural information, paying attention to detail,converting sketches to CAD, modifying CAD drawings, and applying problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: CON102 Introduction to Residential Construction

Course Fee: $50.00

COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace

3 credits – This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

CON102 Introduction to Residential Construction

2 credits – Students will be introduced to basic residential construction safety, history, terminology, materials, and basic construction techniques. This course will cover basic information and develop manual skills needed to begin construction of a new home.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

CON108 Construction Safety

1 credit – The Construction Safety course will provide students with the requirements and expectations required to work safely in the numerous occupations of the construction industry. The course will introduce students to the national OSHA safety standards for General Construction and upon their completion of this course will receive the OSHA 10 hour General Construction certification.

Lecture Hours: 16

CON121 Carpentry Fundamentals I

4 credits – The Carpentry Fundamentals Level I course will prepare the diploma level students to take the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Level One test. This course will serve as a review and preparation over the Level One Objectives as defined by NCCER.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 96

Pre-requisites: CON102 Introduction to Residential Construction and CON133 Construction Technology Lab

CON129 Concrete Lab

2 credits – The Concrete Lab course will provide students with hands-on experience in estimating, ordering, forming, working, and finishing concrete.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: CON130 Concrete Theory

CON130 Concrete Theory

1 credit – The concrete theory course will provide students with a basic understanding of concrete, and its relationship to residential construction.

Lecture Hours: 16

CON131 Site Layout and Blueprint Reading

1 credit – The Site Layout & Blueprint Reading course will train students to interpret and use site plans and other working drawings. Students will learn how to interpret construction symbols and building specifications. Students will develop site layouts for various projects utilizing lasers, builder’s levels, and transits using site plans and other working drawings.

Lecture Hours: 16

CON133 Construction Technology Lab

4 credits – The Construction Technology Laboratory course offers students the opportunity to further develop their skills with hand and power tool operations, and to devote more time to hands-on construction projects while improving their skill competencies.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 128

CON146 Construction Technology Lab 2

3 credits – The Construction Technology Lab II course will provide students with the opportunity to utilize the knowledge gained in previous construction courses with hands-on applications to construction projects. This course will reinforce construction competencies in applied mathematics, site layout, blue print reading, framing, exterior finishing, interior finishing,sustainable design, and building science.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 96

Pre-requisites: CON133 Construction Technology Lab

Course Fee: $50.00

CON201 Framing Techniques and Lab I

2 credits – The Framing Techniques and Lab 1 course will introduce students to the methods used to layout wall lines and plates, measure and cut all required parts, and assemble a floor deck, walls, and roof/ceiling framing with an emphasis on air sealing and advanced framing techniques.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

CON214 Exterior Framing Systems I

3 credits – This course will utilize resource efficient advanced framing methods that stress energy efficiency and sustainable design. The “Whole Systems Approach" to residential design and construction will be teamed with Universal Design principles, Optimum Value Engineering techniques, the “Building America” program, and the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

CON217 Exterior Finishing

3 credits – This course will present the various materials used for residential exterior finishes. Topics will include insulated sheathing, building wraps, drainage planes, shingles, soffits, venting, windows, and exterior doors. Emphasis will be on sustainable construction techniques and building science principles

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

CON228 Methods of Interior Finishing

3 credits – In the Methods of Interior Finishing course, students will discuss the theory and history of the residential interior system. The lab portion of this course will focus on gypsum wallboard installation, taping, finishing, texturing, and painting. The gypsum wallboard work will be followed by the installation of pre-hung door units, casing, base molding, custom trim, closet finishes, hardware, and cabinetry. Universal Design and a focus on indoor air quality will be stressed. Custom interior finish packages may be included.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

CON290 Construction Estimating and Project Management

2 credits – The Construction Estimating and Project Management course will link construction estimating with project management and scheduling.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: CON510 Construction Technology Lab III

CON302 Building Science I

1 credit – Students will learn building science principles and methods to determine how thermal energy transfer, air infiltration and ex-filtration, internal and external air pressures, moisture migration, and durable design strategies apply to today's residential design and construction industry.

Lecture Hours: 16

CON386 Sustainable Design

1 credit – The Sustainable Design Course is an overview of the concepts and strategies involved in sustainable design and construction. The course covers the history of sustainable design, LEED categories, Build It Green, USGBC, NAHB, and local and federal agencies overseeing and mandating green design. Also included are discussions of Green Point Raters, LEED AP, and additional certification opportunities along with market advantages and "Greening your business."

Lecture Hours: 16

CON510 Construction Technology Lab 3

3 credits – The Construction Technology Lab III course will provide students with the opportunity to utilize the knowledge they have gained in their previous construction courses with hands-on applications to construction projects. This course will require that students use their knowledge of construction codes and construction documents and computer aided drafting to provide detailed drawings adhering to the International Energy Conservation Code and Universal Design Principle.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 96

Pre-requisites: CON146 Construction Technology Lab 2

Course Fee: $50.00

CON512 Construction Technology Lab 4

3 credits – The Construction Technology Lab IV course will provide students with the opportunity to utilize the knowledge they have gained in their previous construction, energy, building science, and design courses with hands-on applications to construction projects. This course will require students to use their knowledge of sustainable construction principles; adhering to the International Energy Conservation Code and Universal Design principles.

Lecture Hours: 96

Pre-requisites: CON510 Construction Technology 3

Course Fee: $50.00

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

ENV155 Residential Energy Auditing

4 credits – This course covers building energy auditing and associated heating and air-conditioning equipment. The concepts of heat flow, energy audit software, building science, building envelope, construction practices, material costs, moisture concerns, proper insulation techniques, energy pricing, energy modeling, and commercial and residential HVAC systems including equipment selection, layout, piping techniques, troubleshooting, codes, preventive maintenance, multiple systems, and system accessories are covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

HCR201 Manual J and D HVAC Design

3 credits – The Manual J and Manual D Residential HVAC Design course will provide students with the necessary skills to analyze a residential building's heating and cooling loads, and design appropriate ductwork systems . Students will begin the process using pencil and paper worksheets and Excel spreadsheets; then finish using Manual J and Manual D dedicated software programs.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits – Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Pre-requisites: MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits – This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: Appropriate Placement Test Scores: ACT Math Score of 25 OR Compass Score of 51-100 in the College Algebra Domain or 31-50 in the Trigonometry Domain.

Other Requirements: Successful completion (C or better) of three years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra and one year of geometry and/or trigonometry, or appropriate mathematics placement score.

MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

3 credits – This course is the second course of a two-semester pre-calculus sequence. Topics include trigonometry and applications, vectors, analytic geometry, and polar and parametric equations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT122 College Algebra

MAT772 Applied Math

3 credits – This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY102 Human and Work Relations

3 credits – This course studies self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

 

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Kendra Wyatt-Koger
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Jacob Kvinlaug
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Ray Beets
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