A E 221
Architectural Building Materials (3) The structural and architectural use of building materials; commercial standardization, classification, and description as encountered in the building trades.
A E 221 Architectural Building Materials (3)
The course objective is for students to understand building materials and methods. It is taught using a combination of these methods, 1) job site visits to current construction projects on campus, 2) guest speakers from manufacturers, engineering firms, building code organizations, construction managers and contractors, 3) video series of building construction, and other various DVD's, 4) visits to local building suppliers and testing facilities, 5) bus trip to several manufacturing, fabrication, milling plants, 6) hands-on mock-ups of construction assemblies, and 7) actual material samples. This course prepares students for further study in the advanced architectural engineering courses. Student evaluation and individual grades are based on a combination of homework, projects, quizzes, attendance and a final cumulative exam. The major part of the final grade is from six (6) quizzes of which the lowest quiz grade is dropped. Special facilities consist of 1) the drafting room, where various drawings and specifications are utilized to understand materials, 2) the computer lab, where students have access to the internet, which provides them with information from manufactures, suppliers and construction trade organizations, 3) the material samples room, where actual material samples and fasteners are examined and understood, 4) the hands-on mock-up room, where true size mock-ups are built by student groups and 5) the structures testing lab, where concrete beams, wood trusses, etc. built by the students are load tested to understand construction methods and failures.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.