Course Level : College Preparatory

Credits: 5

Suggested Grade Level: 10 – 12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design (CAD Drafting) or with MOHS teacher approval.

NJ Course Code: 21-103-G

This course is designed to serve as an exploratory course for the serious student who has an interest in a technical career such as Architecture, Engineering, all types of Construction, Building, and Civil Engineering. It is also designed to help future homeowners, homebuilders, or general construction trades-persons. Students will be required to draw plans and specifications for typical homes, which could be built, in our geographical region.

Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

Historical influences that helped shape today's home designs, elements of contemporary dwellings, current trends and influences in architecture, types of multifamily housing, eight basic house designs, chief advantages of each house design, disadvantages of each house design, traffic circulation in a floor plan, what is Architecture and how does it enhance our lives?, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), laws require that American's with Disabilities are treated fairly, key site considerations, restrictions, zoning , and codes, sites with respect to important considerations,  topographical features of a site, family needs that should be considered when planning or purchasing a dwelling,  a budget for purchasing or constructing a house, the basic construction drawings used to build a structure, What is Architecture and what are the requirements necessary to become a successful architect?, typical residential electrical terms, Plan for the electrical needs of a modern home, the three types of electrical circuits used in a residential structure, Calculate circuit requirements for a residence, advantages and disadvantages of low voltage exterior lighting, the purpose of a residential plumbing system, the elements contained in a residential water supply system,  the elements of a residential water and waste removal system, the operation of various in-house water treatment systems, the layout of a private sewage disposal system, the purpose and components of a residential plumbing plan, draw plumbing symbols and fixtures on a plumbing plan using proper techniques, develop a residential plumbing plan, Compile a plumbing fixture schedule, components and features of a complete climate control system,  the advantages and disadvantages of various types of residential heating systems, perform heat loss calculations for a typical residential structure, provide the best insulation properties, ductwork for a typical forced air system, appropriate heating or cooling unit for a given structure, draw a Climate Control plan using proper symbols and conventions.  Industry Guest Speakers including many former students.

Students will use AutoCAD to produce their drawings. Upon completion of the course, each student will have designed, developed and drafted an original set of plans with specifications which could be accepted and approved by local planning boards and building inspectors. Students will develop a portfolio containing their drawings that can be used for application to college programs or when interviewing for employment.

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