Building Materials and Methods

Course Number: CT 103
Transcript Title: Building Materials and Methods
Created: March 25, 2021
Updated: March 25, 2021
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

MTH 60 or MTH 98, RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Introduces function and performance characteristics of basic building materials and components. Addresses methods and sequences in the construction process. Prerequisites: MTH 60 or MTH 98, RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit Available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Identify materials and methods used in the construction industry.
  2. Analyze building materials quality, function and utility.
  3. Apply proper handling and storage of building materials.
  4. Organize building materials and components for sequencing construction activities.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcomes are assessed through a combination of hands-on and written assessments.  Priority is given to hands-on proficiency based assessment in an environment that requires demonstration of skills necessary for success in industry.

Texts and Materials

Modern Carpentry, 12th Edition, Wagner, Smith

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Identify materials and methods used in the construction industry.
  • Have knowledge of locally available materials and be able to identify which are appropriate for a project
  • Utilize specifications to identify construction method for project
  • Calculate board footage
  • Research and compile building products manual by Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) master format
Outcome #2: Analyze building materials quality, function and utility.
  • Define load capacity of building material
  • Identify appropriate fastener type and sizing units
  • Determine grades and moisture content
  • Know the difference between nominal and dressed sized lumber
Outcome #3: Apply proper handling and storage of building materials.
  • Determine the storage needs of different building products:
    • Moisture protection
    • Breathability
    • Weight bearing capacity
    • Hazardous materials
  • Identify steps to ensure proper storage and protection
Outcome #4: Organize building materials and components for sequencing construction activities.
  • Establish schedule for construction
  • Identify sequence of materials based on schedule
  • Identify placement of materials for access