Course Descriptions

Building Technology Department Course Descriptions
2012-2013 College Catalog

 Course Name
Course #
 Credits Description
Introduction to Architectural Design  AR100  4 The fundamental principles and practices of architecture and architectural drafting are presented in weekly lectures and are developed in the studio through a wide variety of graphics projects. Emphasis is placed on the core competencies of architecture and architectural practice and how they are used in an office setting.Students will be required to purchase drafting tools and will be instructed on their proper use. This includes the development and understanding of proper lineweights in the creation of plans, elevations and sections, lettering skills, graphic symbols, dimensioning, sheet layout, geometric construction, isometrics, and orthographic projection. Students will be introduced to basic skills and principles that are found in an architectural practice. This includes the proper handling of drawings, executing the construction of existing condition drawings through measurement and drafting, understanding measurement and scale, sketching and the proper use of trace as a drafting and design tool and the use and care of office machines (printers and copiers). (Offered in the fall and spring)
Introduction to CAD  AR110  3 Through lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions students will be introduced to the use of computers for the production of drawings. Students will learn to create architectural drawings similar to those produced in an architectural office, using industry standards such as AutoCAD and National CAD Standard v5. CAD skills will include basic drawing, modifying and editing commands, and proper techniques for final presentation drawings. Students will learn these skills through the development of a project from plans to a 3d model. At course end, students take a simulated AutoCAD assessment exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in AutoCAD. (Offered in the fall and summer)
Architectural Design I  AR150  4 Through lectures and hands-on studio sessions students are introduced to the fundamental theories and ordering principles of architectural design and how primary elements, forms and solids are used to construct architectural form and space. These fundamentals and the skills learned previously in AR100 will be reinforced through a variety of two- and three-dimensional design projects. Preliminary design influences such as contract implementation, the phases of an architectural project and the changes to integrated project delivery (IPD), site design and analysis; architectural programming; passive and active solar design; Zoning By-Laws and Building Codes and their impact on design and construction are all explored. Introduction of green rating systems and their impact as a voluntary rating system and their influence on building codes, design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings will also be discussed. The use and development of graphic problem-solving, presentation and communication techniques are demonstrated and explored. Students study examples drawn from architectural history, including site visits to major buildings in the Greater Boston area. Prerequisite: A GPA of 2.0 in AR100 or a waiver from the department chair. (Offered in the spring and summer)
Building Construction and Materials  AR160  4 Building Construction and Materials AR160 is a comprehensive study of building construction technology, which includes various building systems, the construction process and the materials used in those systems and processes. The study of the methods and techniques of material extraction, manufacturing assembly and installation are covered in depth. Students will learn about specific material’s properties, characteristics, and their combinations to form composite elements. The pre-construction process is studied including the roles of professionals such as regulatory agencies, the design team, the construction team, financing agencies, the owner, and the user. Professional industry entities dealing with building specifications such as the CSI (Construction Specifications Institute), their composition and organizational components such as Masterformat, Uniformat, Sectionformat, Pageformat, and Project Delivery are covered as well as green rating systems such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for new construction. The course also provides an overview of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems found in a building. (Offered in the spring)
Sustainable Buildings: Design & Construction  AR220  3 Overview of the concept of sustainability (holistic living and building design that integrates solar concepts, energy efficiency, and material ecology) and its economic, political, and environmental consequences. Lecture and hands-on application focus on sustainable building practices, including design, specification, construction, lifecycle issues, LEED certification and other organizations. Exploration of the historical basis for the ideology of sustainability, its applications in today's society. (Offered in the fall)
Introduction to World Architecture  AR240  3 Through lectures, written assignments and analysis, students will develop an understanding of the driving social, environmental, material, and technological forces in world architecture from prehistory to post modernism. They will improve their skills of visual analysis and visual literacy, understand basic architectural typologies from varied cultures, and develop their ability to write and think critically. The course will focus on the western tradition of architecture, which includes Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Europe, and Islamic North Africa and Spain; but will also include "Non-Western" cultures of China, Japan, and Native America. The course will be split into two parts: pre-history to Renaissance in the first half of the semester and Baroque to Post Modernism in the second half of the semester. The course is intended to bring the students to a historical awareness such that the student sees how the influence of historic precedent is all around them in their own built environment. (Offered in the fall and spring)
Environmental Systems  AR250  4 The study of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems for facilities, both residential and commercial. Also included is the presentation of the basic principles found in vertical circulation, security, fire protection, noise control and room acoustics, energy sources, and green building design considerations. Field trips to area construction and building sites augment class studies. (Offered in the spring)
Architectural Design II  AR260  4 The student is assigned a simulated light construction project – a single-family residence, for example – following it through successive stages. Initially, an analysis of the environmental factors influencing design are explored: cultural/historical, legal/economic and climatic. Each student then develops a program based on user/owner requirements and determines the design criteria and objectives for each project. Using graphic diagrams as a means of testing ideas, students explore various spatial organizations and circulation patterns to develop a concept diagram. The concept is then further developed into schematic design drawings; floor plans, elevations and isometric drawings, through sketching and hand drafting. Students will then create design development documents using AutoCAD software. The selection of materials and technologies appropriate to the student’s project is developed individually in the studio. Prerequisite: A GPA of 2.0 in AR100, AR110 and AR150 or a waiver from the department chair. (Offered in the fall)
Statics and Strength of Materials  AR280  4 Introduction to the basic fundamentals of statics and strength of materials relating to structural components of a building or structure. The principles of static equilibrium and free-body diagrams are applied to basic building structural elements and simple structural systems commonly found in buildings. The principles of stress, strain, and material properties are studied as they relate to materials commonly used in the building industry. Bending, shear, and deflections and associated stresses are investigated and used as design requirements. Prerequisite: MA120 and PH212 (Offered in the spring)
Construction Document Technologies  BT200  4 This course develops the graphic skills and technical knowledge that are needed to communicate essential, detailed information to clients, builders/contractors, and consulting engineers. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of a complete set of working drawings for a single-family residence, using AutoCAD and Revit software. The methods and techniques of light wood frame construction in residential and commercial buildings are explored in depth. Sample specifications are studied and prepared by each student. Energy efficiency as required by codes and sustainable and green building practices will be emphasized in the development of the construction documents. The objective is to understand the purpose of contract drawings as a means of communicating design ideas to a builder/contractor and to expand and strengthen the student’s skills in the fundamental methods and techniques of light wood frame construction. Also covered are the CSI Manual of Practice and Project Delivery Practice Guide as the basis of practice in building design, construction and facility operation and maintenance. Students will take a simulated assessment exam for Certified Document Technologist to demonstrate their understanding of the industry standard manual of practice. Prerequisites: A GPA of 2.0 in AR100, AR110, AR150 and AR260 or a waiver from the department chair. (Offered in the spring)
 BIM I  BT210  4 Introduction of the use of 3D modeling and building information modeling software (BIM) for the preparation of drawings is presented through lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions. In the introduction of the course, students will be introduced to Google SketchUp Pro 3D modeling software. Basic modeling, modifying and editing commands are utilized to complete and save various 3D modeling projects to develop a basic understanding of SketchUp as a tool in creating drawings renderings. The remainder of the course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of BIM (Building Information Modeling) through the use of Revit Architecture, Autodesk's BIM software platform. Students are introduced to the fundamental tools of Revit Architecture and parametric modeling including: user interface, parameters, families, components, massing, rendering, and printing. Basic modeling, modifying and editing commands are utilized to complete and save various modeling projects to develop a basic understanding of Revit as a tool in creating drawings. Students will integrate their projects from other technology courses to produce computer models of those projects in both SketchUp and Revit. Prerequisite: A GPA of 2.0 in AR100, AR110 and AR150 or a waiver from the department chair. (Offered in the fall)
 BIM II  BT270  4 This course extends the content from BT210 BIM course, covering BIM in more detail through the use of Revit Architecture. Students will expand their knowledge of the tools of Revit Architecture and parametric modeling. Concepts to be studied include: user generated custom families, flexing parameters, rendering with custom materials, work sharing, detailing and documentation. Students will also use Revit Architecture in conjunction with their work in AR260 and use the software to produce a set of construction drawings. Students will also be exposed the use of Revit Structure, Revit MEP and Ecotect Analysis software. At course end, students take a simulated Revit assessment exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in Revit Architecture. Prerequisite: A GPA of 2.0 in AR110 and BT210 or a waiver from the department chair. (Offered in the spring)
College Composition I  EN130  3 This course invites students to investigate the ways in which language is used in various settings. By examining how language is connected to issues of identity, students see the importance of using spoken and written communications appropriate to particular contexts. The course is structured around three main projects: a memoir where students explore their own experiences with language and identity, and two ethnographic studies where they look closely at two distinct communities, one informal and one professional, to see how people interact in those settings. The course calls for frequent informal written responses that build toward larger formal texts. Students are invited to become reflective of their writing processes as they are involved in a constant process of revising. They receive feedback from their instructor and classmates, and discuss many ideas and concepts in groups. (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)
College Composition II  EN140  3 A continuation of College Composition I, this class considers many written genres while focusing on such issues as work, social class, culture, and identity. By examining these issues through the genres of journal articles, oral history, narrative, short story, poetry, drama, and film, students will build on their abilities to work reflectively, develop their responses, and incorporate the voices of others into their own texts through the use of quotations. Students will have the opportunity to write texts similar to the ones they are reading, as well as academic essays. Through the practice of close reading and expository writing, students will develop the ability to comment on not only specific genres, but also on the world around them. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the kinds of group and presentational work that might be practiced in a professional setting. Prerequisite: EN130 (Offered in the spring and summer)
 HU/SS Electives    2-4 See General Education Course Descriptions
Technical Mathematics I  MA105  3 This course is designed as an overview of the standard topics in Algebra as they apply
to technical applications. Practical examples of the math as it is used in the various technical fields are employed as much as possible. Topics covered include: linear equations, systems of linear equations, literal equations, slope, a review of fractions, metric units, scientific notation, and intermediate problem solving. Prerequisite: MA090 or Placement Exam (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)
Plane and Solid Geometry MA 115  4 This course introduces the study of Euclidean geometry, focusing on lines and angles, measurement and units, triangle properties, parallelograms, trapezoids, polygons, circles, spheres, conic sections, pyramids, areas and volumes. Applications to the field of Architectural Technology will be stressed. Prerequisite: MA105 (Offered in the spring and summer)
College Algebra and Trigonometry MA120  3 This course begins with a review of the metric system to be applied throughout the semester. Students’ understanding of algebra is developed through methods of solving algebraic fractions, systems of linear equations and quadratic equations. The introduction to the basics of functions and their graphs leads into the study of logarithmic and exponential functions. The course concludes with problem solving involving right triangles and an introduction to vectors. Applications from various technical fields will be stressed. Prerequisite: MA105 or MA115 or Placement Exam (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)
Physics I  PH212  3 This course is an algebra-based introduction to the physics of mechanics that includes, a math review (algebra, geometry and trigonometry), scalars and vectors, force, mass, equilibrium, torque, acceleration, gravity, Newton’s Laws, work, energy, power, impulse, momentum, circular motion and rotation of rigid bodies. Prerequisite: MA115 or MA120. Co-requisite: PH215 (Offered in the fall and spring)
Physics Lab I PH215  1 This lab focuses on supporting the topics in the physics lectures, PH212 and PH222. This lab offers the opportunity to practice laboratory techniques, data collection, and written reports. Topics include kinematics and mechanics. (Offered in the fall and spring)