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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

ACH 121 - Construction Technology 1

3 credit hours - One hour of lecture and four hours of laboratory weekly; one term.
(formerly ACH 121 - Architectural Materials and Methods 1)

Examine the built environment through exploration of basic materials and methods used in construction. Apply environmental factors from site analysis to general design principles. Evaluate structural theory, wood frame construction methods, thermal and moisture protection, fenestration and interior finishes commonly used in building design. Create construction details of connections commonly used to join materials in residential construction. Lab fee $40.

Corequisite(s): ACH 111  or permission of the department chair.

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Relate environmental and regulatory factors concerning the building site.
    • Compare the context of the site as it relates to the building design.
    • Distinguish the impact of environmental elements on the building design.
    • Describe the impact of the LEED system and sustainable design strategies.
    • Translate zoning laws as they apply to the building site.
    • Extrapolate topography and grade.
  • Employ structural concepts to buildings.
    • Generalize principles of structural theory as it applies to building integrity.
    • Classify building systems: structural, mechanical/electrical, enclosure.
    • Model the function of structural members.
    • Infer structural load distribution through the building.
  • Classify common building assemblies.
    • Analyze building performance through their component assemblies.
    • Discuss design principles affecting selection of foundation.
    • List basic characteristics of wood.
    • Distinguish light wood frame systems: floor, wall, and roof.
    • Classify components of thermal and moisture protection.
    • Identify types of fenestration: doors, windows, skylights, vents.
    • Describe elements of the kitchen and bathroom.
    • Generalize interior finishes for floor, wall and ceiling.
  • Recognize communication of the built environment.
    • Create graphic communication through technical drawings.
    • Produce wall sections and construction details.
    • Discuss common document development trends within the industry.
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 3 Information Literacy Core 5 Self Management Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking