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Architectural Technology Course Descriptions

ARC 111  Introduction to Architectural Technology

This course introduces basic architectural drafting techniques, lettering, use of architectural and engineer scales, and sketching. Topics include orthographic, isometric, and oblique drawing techniques using architectural plans, elevations, sections, and details; reprographic techniques; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and print scaled drawings within minimum architectural standards.

drafting class

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 6

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

ARC 111 Course Outline

ARC 112  Construction Materials and Methods

This course introduces construction materials and methodologies. Topics include construction terminology, traditional and alternative materials and their properties, manufacturing processes, construction techniques, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to detail construction assemblies and identify construction materials and properties.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

ARC 112 Course Outline

ARC 113  Residential Architectural Technology

This course covers intermediate residential working drawings. Topics include residential plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a set of residential working drawings that are within accepted architectural standards.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 6

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ARC 111 and ARC 112

Corequisite: None

ARC 113 Course Outline

ARC 114  Architectural CAD

This course introduces basic architectural CAD techniques. Topics include basic commands and system hardware and software. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and plot architectural drawings to scale within accepted architectural standards.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisites: None

Corequisite: None

ARC 114 Course Outline

ARC 119  Structural Drafting

This course introduces basic concepts associated with sizing and detailing structural assemblies. Topics include vocabulary, span-to-depth ratios, code requirements, shop drawings, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to perform simple calculations and prepare shop drawings and preliminary structural plans.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: ARC 113 and MAT 121

Corequisite: None

ARC 119 Course Outline

ARC 131  Building Codes

This course covers the methods of researching building codes for specific projects. Topics include residential and commercial building codes. Upon completion, students should be able to determine the code constraints governing residential and construction projects.  

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ARC 112

Corequisite: None

ARC 131 Course Outline

ARC 132  Specifications and Contracts

This course covers the development of written specifications and the implications of different contractual arrangements. Topics include specification development, contracts, bidding material research, and agency responsibilities. Upon completion, students should be able to write a specification section and demonstrate the ability to interpret contractual responsibilities.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: ARC 112

Corequisite: None

ARC 132 Course Outline

ARC 210  Introduction to Sustainable Design

This course introduces concepts and principles related to sustainable site development and architectural design.  Topics include low impact and sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material and resource management, indoor environmental quality, and return on investment.  Upon completion, students should be able to articulate and integrate sustainable design principles into site and architectural design.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: ARC 111

Corequisite: None

ARC 210 Course Outline: Not  Available

ARC 211  Light Construction Technology

This course covers working drawings for light construction. Topics include plans, elevations, sections, and details; schedules; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a set of working drawings that are within accepted architectural standards.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 6

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ARC 111 and ARC 112

Corequisite: None

ARC 211 Course Outline

ARC 212  Commercial Construction Technology

This course introduces regional construction techniques for commercial plans, elevations, sections, and details. Topics include production of a set of commercial contract documents and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a set of working drawings in accordance with building codes.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 6

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ARC 111

Corequisite: None

ARC 212 Course Outline

ARC 213  Design Project

This course provides the opportunity to design and prepare a set of contract documents within an architectural setting. Topics include schematic design, design development, construction documents, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a set of commercial contract documents.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 6

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisites: ARC 111, ARC 112, and ARC 114

Corequisite: None

ARC 213 Course Outline

ARC 220  Advanced Architectural CAD

This course provides file management, productivity, and CAD customization skills. Emphasis is on developing advanced proficiency techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to create prototype drawings and symbol libraries, compose sheets with multiple details, and use advanced drawing and editing commands.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: ARC 114

Corequisite: None

ARC 220 Course Outline

ARC 221  Architectural 3-D CAD

This course introduces architectural three-dimensional CAD applications. Topics include three-dimensional drawing, coordinate systems, viewing, rendering, modeling, and output options. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare architectural three-dimensional drawings and renderings.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 4

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ARC 114

Corequisite: None

ARC 221 Course Outline

ARC 230  Environmental Systems

This course introduces plumbing, mechanical (HVAC), and electrical systems for the architectural environment. Topics include basic plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems for residential and/or commercial buildings with an introduction to selected code requirements. Upon completion, students should be able to develop schematic drawings for plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems and perform related calculations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisites: ARC 111 and MAT 121

Corequisite: ARC 236

ARC 230 Course Outline

ARC 235  Architectural Portfolio

This course covers the methodology for creating an architectural portfolio. Topics include preparation of marketing materials and a presentation strategy using conventional and/or digital design media. Upon completion, students should be able to produce an architectural portfolio of selected projects.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ARC 113, and ARC 114

Corequisite: None

ARC 235 Course Outline

ARC 236  Architectural Mechanics/Electronics Technology

This course covers the production of working drawings for plumbing, mechanical, and electrical (PME) systems for buildings. Topics include PME working drawing development. Upon completion, students should be able to produce PME working drawings and schedules.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 4

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: ARC 111 and MAT 121

Corequisite: ARC 230

ARC 236 Course Outline

ARC 240  Site Planning

This course introduces the principles of site planning, grading plans, and earthwork calculations. Topics include site analysis, site work, site utilities, cut and fill, soil erosion control, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare site development plans and details as well as perform cut and fill calculations. Students should also be able to demonstrate techniques and procedures to minimize the impact of development on the environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ARC 111

Corequisite: None

ARC 240 Course Outline

ARC 263  Introduction to ADA Title III

This course introduces the American Disabilities Act Title III requirements. Emphasis is on Title III requirements as they apply to building construction. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret and apply Title III requirements to buildings.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: ARC 211

Corequisite: None

ARC 263 Course Outline

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