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 Course Title:   Introduction to Building Construction


 Department:    BLDG

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    11

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    14

 CIP:    469998

 EPC:    759

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Practical hands-on experience in core construction skills. Includes basic building vocabulary and nomenclature in the safe operation of hand and power tools. Covers construction math applications and exposure to construction trade clusters. Instruction will include OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Certification and fork lift operation certification.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 132

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply construction math to projects. Understand construction terms and vocabulary.
  2. Set-up a safe work environment. Recognize unsafe work conditions and practices.
  3. Interpret basic blueprints and layout for small projects. Calculate material takeoff and estimate cost of project.
  4. Identify and use hand tools safely. Identify and use portable and stationary power tools safely.
  5. Cut and install laminate and trim with router. Layout/mark/cut sheet rock/drywall.
  6. Make sheetrock repairs. Install sheet rock and corners.
  7. Texture and finish sheetrock drywall joints. Use framing square to layout rafter cuts.
  8. Use framing square to layout stair stringers. Understand building codes related to stair construction.
  9. Layout a 2x4 stud wall for framing. Read and understand the importance of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  10. Recognize the importance of working with diverse populations within a construction environment.
  11. Work in teams and develop teamwork.
  12. Understand the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its content related to the construction industry.
  13. Describe, identify and install anchors, fasteners and adhesives.
  14. Identify and select proper building materials. Use a forklift.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.3 Understand the consequences of choices as they relate to local/global community and environmental issues.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.2 Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical, and environmental issues in the use and misuse of technology.

Course Contents

  1. Construction terms and vocabulary.
  2. Calculating math for construction projects, i.e. materials, layout, etc.
  3. General safety in the workplace. Using hand and power tools safely.
  4. Framing square.
  5. Teamwork. Diverse populations.
  6. Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Basic blueprints and layout.
  7. Sheetrock and drywall joints. Fasteners and building materials.
  8. OSHA 10 construction and training. Forklift operation.