Programs in Architectural & Building Construction Technology


Class Schedule


Academic School Year: Fall 2013- Spring 2014

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Daytime Classes:
Time Code Monday Code Tuesday Code Wednesday Code Thursday
10:00am -12:45pm             63 Construction Drawings 1+2 (M&TH)
10:00am -12:45pm             65 Construction Drawings 3+4 (M&TH)
11:00am - 1:45pm 70 Applied Mathematics 68 Blueprint Reading 1    
11:00am - 1:45pm 90 Introduction to Mathematics (NC, 3TC)
2:00 - 4:45pm 65 Construction Drawings 3+4 (M&TH)
3:00 - 5:45pm 63

Construction Drawings 1+2 (M&TH)

96 Intro to Communications  (NC, 3TC)
3:00 - 5:45pm 60 AutoCad Level 1 66 Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1
Evening Classes:
Time Code Monday Code Tuesday Code Wednesday Code Thursday
6:15 - 9:00pm 03 Applied Mathematics

07

Architectural Detailing 1
18
Blueprint Reading 1 62 Autocad 2
6:15 - 9:00pm 23 Building Materials and Methods of Construction 2 08 Architectural Detailing 2 19 Blueprint Reading 2 44 NYC Construction Code (Spring Only)
6:15 - 9:00pm 30 Estimating 1 61 AutoCad Level 1 83 Revit Level 2 14 Construction Drawings 1
6:15 - 9:00pm 31 Estimating 2
22
Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1
16
Construction Drawings 3 15 Construction Drawings 2
6:15 - 9:00pm 93 Introduction to Mathematics (NC, 3TC) 20 Construction Management 1 17 Construction Drawings 4 35 History of Architecture (Fall Only)
6:15 - 9:00pm 10 Rendering 1 21 Construction Management 2
58
Surveying 2 37 Introduction to Design
6:15 - 9:00pm 11 Rendering 2
72
Intro to Communications  (NC, 3TC) 04 Architectural Design 1 01 Mechanical Design (Fall Only)
6:15 - 9:00pm 12 Specifications 40 Mechanical Equipment of Buildings 05 Architectural Design 2 42 Multiple Dwelling - Zoning Laws (Fall Only)
6:15 - 9:00pm
33
Green Building Design
52
Strength of Materials 57 Surveying 1 56 Structural Design (Spring Only)
6:15 - 9:00pm 82 Revit Level 1        
47
Construction Site Safety
6:15 - 9:00pm 45 Perspectives        
 
                 

 


Course Descriptions

All courses meet a minimum of 15 weeks at the hours per week listed. See class schedule for specific days and times.

Applied Mathematics
Course Code 70 or 03
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course focuses on an understanding of general mathematics, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Various types of algebraic, geometric and trigonometric equations are studied. Students develop an awareness of the applications of formulas and solving of equations as they relate to the construction industry.
Prerequisite: Passed placement test or Introduction to Mathematics
Architectural Design 1
Course Code 04
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Students study basic theories and principles of architectural design, coupled with historical and contemporary theories of architecture. Techniques of drawing presentations are researched and analyzed. Students develop an awareness of the major issues and current forces in technology and social perspectives of architecture. Design principles of enclosed space, fire protection, safety with respect to life and occupancy requirements of contemporary design solutions are discussed. Students are required to design, develop and graphically present three small sized projects.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Design
Architectural Design 2
Course Code 05
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Architectural Design 1. This advanced course delves more deeply into theories and principles of design, and into contemporary issues in architecture. Students will design, develop and graphically present three intermediate sized projects.
Prerequisite: Architectural Design 1
Architectural Detailing 1
Course Code 07
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Study of the use of materials such as wood, masonry, concrete and pre-cast concrete, and steel in the construction of buildings and their components. Students will be made aware of the intricacies and interdependency of building components and the need for the level of detail necessary to communicate clearly to the constructors of a project. Students will perfect their drafting skills and learn to produce clean, crisp and concise details suitable for their portfolios.
Prerequisite: Construction Drawings 4
Architectural Detailing 2
Course Code 08
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Architectural Detailing 1. Students study more complicated portions of buildings. Components such as steel and concrete stairs, special drywall applications, control and expansion joints, storefront framing, cabinetry and integration of engineering systems are examined. Students develop an ability to satisfy the Project Design within practical construction, technology and budget constraints, and produce coherent, clearly drafted component details for use by architects and contractors.
Prerequisite: Architectural Detailing 1
Blueprint Reading 1
Course Code 68, 18 or 48
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course is designed to develop in students an awareness of the complexity of modern construction and its related technologies. Students will learn the skills needed to read and understand construction drawings, as well as an understanding of manufacturers' literature of component parts used in buildings. Both commercial and residential construction materials and drawings are studied. Problems encountered in design development such as site limitations, zoning restrictions, utility availability, coordination of product specifications, adherence to building codes and life safety are explored.
Blueprint Reading 2
Course Code 19 or 79
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Blueprint Reading 1. Students learn to read, understand and interpret the relationships of the various systems within a structure. Systems include structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Blueprint symbols, design parameters, material usage and drawing references are examined from their architectural, engineering and construction perspectives. Students will learn to visualize the building by integrating and coordinating the different drawings.
Prerequisite: Blueprint Reading 1
Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1
Course Code 66 or 22
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course provides a general survey of materials and methods currently used in the construction industry. History and developments, advantages and disadvantages and the intrinsic nature of each material are examined. Appropriate uses and limitations of materials are discussed so as to integrate these materials and techniques with other aspects of construction, such as Engineering, Specifications, Value Engineering and Estimating. Course is supplemented with manufacturers' literature, samples and audio-visual presentations. Course follows the CSI Format of materials and building systems.
Prerequisite: Passed Placement Test or Introduction to Technical Communications
Building Materials and Methods of Construction 2
Course Code 23
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1. Course focuses on a more detailed understanding of previously presented material. Materials and systems employed in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industries are covered. Students learn the various technological systems and materials available in the architectural, engineering and construction industries today, and their relationship to each other. The "how," "why" and "when" these systems should be employed are discussed. In addition, students are required to research and present a term project in class.
Prerequisite: Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1
Autocad Level 1
Course Code 60 or 61
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
The primary objective of this class is to familiarize the student with the basic understanding of AutoCAD and the fundamentals of 2D drafting. The first five weeks of the program will center on the basic draw and modify commands of the application. During the next five weeks, the base knowledge established in weeks one through five will be expanded to include text, dimensioning, hatching, and other more specific commands to help fine tune the students’ abilities. The remainder of the class, the students will focus on the completion of a final term project, a single family dwelling, inclusive of foundation, framing plans, exterior elevations, sections, and details.
Prerequisite: Construction Drawings 2
Autocad Level 2
Course Code 62
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Expanding on the base knowledge established in AutoCAD Level 1, the students will be given a semester long project. The project will be a commercial building in which the students will be required to complete the full set of documents by the end of the semester. The studio will be treated as a professional office with office standards and project deadlines established by the project client. At the beginning of each week, the students will be given a brief overview of new commands or project modifications established by the client. It is the ultimate goal of the course to expand not only the students’ CAD abilities, but professional skills as well.
Prerequisite: Autocad Level 1
Revit Level 1
Course Code 82
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Introduction to Revit and Building Information Modeling (BIM).   BIM and Revit allow the creation of an intelligent 3D model capable of facilitating the design process and creating well integrated project based drawings and construction documents.  This course will introduce students to the interface and power of a BIM model and will bring students through the creation of their own BIM project.  
Prerequisite: Autocad Level 1 and Autocad Level 2
Revit Level 2
Course Code 83
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
 
 
Prerequisite: Revit Level 1
Construction Drawings 1
Course Code 14
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course introduces students to drafting tools and techniques and the basic drafting of floor plans, elevations, sections, orthographic projections and schedules. Students develop basic technical skills with an understanding of the reasons for different views and the spatial relationships in architectural drawings. Students will ultimately draft a floor plan, elevations and sections of a simple small structure.
Construction Drawings 2
Course Code 15
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Construction Drawings 1. Students advance to intermediate drafting level, and prepare a coordinated set of plans, elevations, sections and interior details for a residence. The course develops an awareness of building components and their relationship within a structure. Site development, zoning requirements, building codes, spatial relationships and corresponding elements are explored.
Prerequisite: Construction Drawings 1
Construction Drawings 1 + 2
Course Code 63
6 Credits, 81/4 hours per week
A combination of Construction Drawings 1 and Construction Drawings 2. See above for course descriptions.
Construction Drawings 3
Course Code 16
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Construction Drawings 2. Course focuses on the preparation of an entire but abbreviated set of architectural drawings. Structural, topographical, mechanical and electrical drawings are explored within the interconnected character of a building. Design sketches and reference materials are used simulating architectural office procedures, with the student adopting the role of drafter, coordinator and illustrator of the designer's ideas. During the course, working drawings for a building will be produced.
Prerequisite: Construction Drawings 2
Construction Drawings 4
Course Code 17
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Construction Drawings 3. The work focuses on the preparation of the detailing phase of the building begun in Construction Drawings 3. Students become aware of the fine points of building construction, the depth of detail requirements and the use of reference materials and importance of sketches. The course work aims to equip the student with a portfolio set of drawings
Prerequisite: Construction Drawings 3
Construction Drawings 3 + 4
Course Code 65
6 Credits, 81/4 hours per week
A combination of Construction Drawings 3 and Construction Drawings 4. See above for course description.
Prerequisite: Construction Drawings 2
Construction Management 1
Course Code 20
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course presents everyday practical management of construction projects, encompassing inspections, record keeping, report development, contract documents, job safety, job site management and responsibility centers. Course also covers the basic interfacing required to coordinate various construction trades, design aspects, building code compliance, and creating a Project Manual and its application. Course will include a Saturday field trip.
Prerequisite: Specifications 1
Construction Management 2
Course Code 21
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Construction Management 1. Course expands the skills and knowledge necessary to administer, schedule and manage a construction project. Students study the complex construction documents and legal aspects of a Construction Manager's duties and responsibilities. Course teaches an understanding of contract documents and industry terminology together with an ability to evaluate various circumstances and manage a construction project to a safe, legal and efficient completion.
Prerequisite: Construction Management 1
Construction Site Safety
Course Code 47
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
An analysis of safety policies and procedures of a construction site. Among the topics covered will be: Maintenance of the site and adjacent areas, adjoining property, excavations, erection and demolition, repairs and alteration operations, scaffolding, ramp, material handling and hoisting, explosives and blasting, explosive powered equipment and flammable and hazardous materials. The successful completion of this course is pending approval to l meet one of the eligibility requirements for the City of New York Site Safety Manager Examination.
(as of August 2008)
Pre requisite: Blueprint Reading 1, Building Materials and Methods 1 or equivalent
Estimating 1
Course Code 30
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course teaches how to translate information in contract documents to create a material quantity estimate for a project. Students become aware of various types of computations and formulas employed in the construction industry that are required to prepare an accurate and detailed quantity estimate.
Prerequisite: Applied Mathematics and Blueprint Reading 1
Estimating 2
Course Code 31
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Estimating 1. Course focuses on the impact of the variables that exist in estimating the costs of different types of construction materials, equipment, and labor. Students develop an understanding of procedures such as take-off and unit costs and will create a total project cost from an examination of the dimensions and translation of construction documents.
Prerequisite: Estimating 1
Green Building Design
Course Code 33
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
The principles of sustainable design are discussed and reviewed and includes an overview of LEED credits. Students who successfully complete this course ("B" or better) will be eligible to take the "LEED for Green Associate" certificate examination from the United States Green Building Council (www.USGBC.org).
Prerequisite: Blueprint Reading 1 and Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1
History of Architecture
Course Code 35
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
A study of the history of architecture, addressing salient features of different historical eras from ancient Egypt to present day. Course discusses cultural background of art and architecture, geography, climate and social factors in architecture and how various social, political, religious influences and available materials and construction methods impact on the evolution of various building styles and methods.
Prerequisite: Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1 and Introduction to Design
Introduction to Design
Course Code 37
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course introduces students to design as an integral part of building construction. Concepts of spatial order, hierarchy of elements, symmetry, repetition, solid/void are discussed. Historical precedents are analyzed. Students develop an understanding of buildings as functional, habitable spaces as well as places that express an idea or quality of life. One city walking tour will be held as part of the class.
Prerequisite: Construction Drawings 1
Introduction to Mathematics
Course Code 90 or 93
0 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course is for students who have not acquired the basic math skills necessary to complete the Institute's higher level courses. General math, with an introduction to the basics of algebra and geometry, are taught.
Introduction to Communications
Course Code 72 or 96
0 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course is for students who have not acquired the basic reading comprehension and writing skills necessary to complete the Institute's higher level courses. Course teaches the basic reading and writing skills necessary to read and comprehend technical documents and prepare accurate, clear, professional technical communications.
Mechanical Design
Course Code 01
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course focuses on the basic theory of energy, the conservation and consumption of energy in buildings, and the basic principals of HVAC design, electrical and lighting design, and plumbing design. Building code standards that regulate building design are incorporated into the course.
Prerequisite: Mechanical Equipment of Buildings
Mechanical Equipment of Buildings
Course Code 40
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
An introductory course covering the mechanical systems of buildings. Course covers HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, as well as types of elevators and fire protection equipment.
Prerequisite: Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1 and Blueprint Reading 1
Multiple Dwelling and Zoning Laws of NY
Course Code 42 [Fall only]
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
A study of New York State's format and interpretation of laws governing various building types and their construction, and New York City's Zoning Laws. Students will develop an awareness of and learn to read and interpret the strict requirements and constraints imposed on the construction industry by multiple dwelling and zoning laws.
Prerequisite: Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1 and Blueprint Reading 1
New York City Construction Code
Course Code 44 [Spring only]
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
New York City's Building Code and Reference Standards are studied with an objective to teach students the implications of these laws in terms of building types, uses and construction.
Prerequisite: Building Materials and Methods of Construction 1 and Blueprint Reading 1
Perspectives
Course Code 45
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Students learn to create perspectives for rendering. Course develops an understanding of the techniques of layout, shading, shadowing and texturing, value delineation process, and an ability to clearly draft, sketch and render elements.
Prerequisite: Construction Drawings 2
Rendering 1
Course Code 10
3 credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Students study proportion, size, quantity, quality, rhythm, harmony, selection contrast, and placing center of interest in interior and exterior renderings. Basic presentation techniques used such as line, tone and color are examined. Students learn the use of line drawing to delineate surfaces and plane intersections, how to integrate line and tone combination techniques, design features, light and shadow into artistic architectural and interior presentations.
Prerequisite: Perspectives
Rendering 2
Course Code 11
3 credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Rendering 1. Students incorporate color media with black and white into advanced compositions to create complex professional architectural and interior renderings.
Prerequisite: Rendering 1
Specifications
Course Code 12
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Introductory course in mastering specification writing for construction projects. Students examine the technical language and legality of different specification formats. The course teaches an ability to research and locate manufacturers' specifications relative to design and the construction industries.
Strength of Materials
Course Code 52
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Objective of the course is to develop an awareness of simple engineering design as a basic science of mechanics. Instruction focuses on simplified mechanics and strength of various construction materials such as wood, steel and concrete. Students learn to apply theories and formulas for structural materials in the design and construction industries.
Prerequisite: Applied Mathematics
Structural Design
Course Code 56
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Course focuses on basic structural design. Students learn formulas so as to design common forms of construction in wood, steel and concrete.
Prerequisite: Strength of Materials
Surveying 1
Course Code 57
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Introduction to basic surveying principles used to determine earth surfaces by measurements of distance, direction and elevation. Students learn geographic methods used to describe boundaries and gain an understanding of techniques used to develop metes and bounds of property descriptions. Students gain hands-on experience with surveying instruments in the field, and learn to create the necessary measurements utilized in the construction industry.
Prerequisite: Applied Mathematics and Blueprint Reading 1
Surveying 2
Course Code 58
3 Credits, 2 3/4 hours per week
Continuation of Surveying 1. Advanced surveying principles encompassing horizontal and slope distances, and vertical and horizontal angles. Students develop an awareness of various geographic controls of defined areas, an understanding of the means used to measure fixed land parameters, and an ability to integrate measurements into a comprehensive summation of surveying activities in the field. Course includes field work.
Prerequisite: Surveying 1

Institute of Design and Construction