This beginning course will explain the fundamentals of interpreting (reading) architectural drawings. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to understand plan and elevation views, sections, details, schedules, specifications, symbols and abbreviations found on most residential and commercial construction drawings. 2 hrs./wk.
Associated Costs: These are additional (out-of-pocket) expense considerations that students should expect in addition to the course tuition, fees, and textbooks. $5 to 10.
Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Explain the basic theory of multiview orthographic projection system as it relates to interpreting working drawings.
- Explain construction materials as they relate to interpreting working drawings.
- Explain and interpret written specifications.
- Interpret working drawings and written specifications used for light frame construction.
- Interpret working drawings and written specifications used for heavy construction.
Content Outline and Competencies:
I. Interpreting Working Drawing A. Explain a drawing layout as it relates to multiview orthographic projection; plan views, elevations, and sections. B. Define the alphabet of lines. C. Interpret dimensions. D. Interpret sections cuts as they relate to sections and/or details. E. Obtain information from schedules. F. Read and measure lines using an architectural scale. G. Interpret civil engineering scales and metric scales. H. Draw and identity common symbols used on working drawings. I. Explain common abbreviations used on working drawings. J. Use the proper terms relating to working drawings and written specifications. II. Materials of Construction A. Explain the different properties of dimension lumber, timber, and engineered lumber. B. Identify the different steel shapes. C. Explain the properties of concrete. D. Explain steel reinforcement as it relates to concrete E. Identify the different concrete masonry units. III. Written Specifications A. Explain contract documents. B. Explain bid and contract forms. C. Explain material standards. D. Explain technical specifications. IV. Light Frame Construction A. Interpret and obtain information using residential drawings and specifications. B. Interpret and obtain information using light commercial drawings and specifications. V. Heavy Construction A. Explain heavy timber construction B. Interpret and obtain information from structural steel plans, sections, and specifications. C. Explain pre-engineered steel construction. D. Interpret and obtain information from reinforced concrete plans, sections, and specifications. E. Explain pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete construction.
Method of Evaluation and Competencies:
Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
Tests 50% of grade Class Assignments/Homework 15% of grade Quizzes 15% of grade Final Exam 20% of grade Total 100% Grading criteria: 90-100% = A 80- 89% = B 70- 79% = C 60- 69% = D Below 60% = F
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