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Architectural Technology Curriculum

Effective June 1, 2015

68 Credits

Catalog Number

Course Title


First Year - Fall Semester
10-614-103 Intro to Architecture 1
10-614-100 Architectural Principles 4
10-614-115 Construction Blueprint Reading 3
10-614-105 Architecture AutoCAD 3
10-801-195 Written Communication 3
10-809-103 Think Critically and Creatively 3
  Total 17
Spring Semester
10-614-110 Architecture Revit Intro 1
10-614-112 Building Materials 2
10-614-120 Architecture Residential 4
10-614-121 Structural Residential 2
10-614-130 Intro to Sustainable Building 1
10-804-107 College Mathematics 3
10-809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
  Total 16
Second Year - Fall Semester
10-614-111 Architecture Revit Advanced 2
10-614-125 Site Design 3
10-614-126 Architectural Building Science 2
10-614-127 Job Orientation 1
10-614-131 Sustainable Residential Building 1
10-480-100 Alternative Energy Overview 2
10-809-112 Principals of Sustainability 3
10-806-139 Survey of Physics 3
  Total 17
Spring Semester
10-480-200 Building MEP Systems 3
10-614-136 Construction Estimating 2
10-614-190 Architectural Capstone 4
10-801-196 Oral Interpersonal Communication 3
10-809-166 Introduction to Ethics Theory and Application 3
10-999-999 Elective 3
  Total 18


Architectural Technology Courses

10-480-100-00 Alternative Energy Overview
Investigate the need for renewable energy systems and emerging careers in renewable energy. Students will examine the basic design, cost, and other considerations associated with photovoltaic, wind, and biogas electrical generation systems. In addition, students will evaluate the basic design, costs, truths and myths associated with solar thermal, geothermal, and biomass heating and cooling systems. Students will also explore the production and use of alternative transportation fuels. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-614-100-00 Architectural Principles
Establishes a background in graphic communication and the field of architecture. Creation, interpretation, and effective use of construction documents and specifications will be examined. Basic architectural sketches and drawings will be prepared. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-614-103-00 Intro to Architecture
Introductory level course designed to expose students to the field of architecture.  Students will explore the various styles of architecture and its rich history. Components of residential design along with industry terminology will be examined, as well as introducing the Wisconsin Safety and Professional Services single-family dwelling building code. Students will also investigate the concept of sustainable design. Lecture. 1 credit.

10-614-105-00 Architecture AutoCAD
Focuses on the design, development, and construction documentation features of AutoCAD Architecture: the basic tool that the majority of students will need in their work. AutoCAD Architecture focuses on conceptual design in the sense of massing studies and space planning, as well as several advanced features for greater control over the program. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-614-110-00 Architecture Revit Intro
Introduction to the parametric design software Autodesk Revit used for building information modeling. Basic design and documentation tools will be employed. A simple building design will be modeled that matches given specifications. Lab. 1 credit.

10-614-111-00 Architecture Revit Advanced
Expands the implementation of additional features found in the parametric design software Autodesk Revit. Advanced modeling and documentation tools will be explored. More complex building information models will be generated, edited, and documented. 10-614-111 Prerequisite. Lecture/Lab. 2 credits.

10-614-112-00 Building Materials
Learn to consider material properties, processes of manufacture, installation procedures, and performance. Construction methods, building systems, and products will be evaluated. Materials will be analyzed and classified based on the Construction Specifications Institute Master Format. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-614-115-00 Construction Blueprint Reading
Students interpret blueprints for trade information, draw sketches to convey ideas, and utilize drawing software to prepare blueprints prior to building. Students appreciate the importance of accuracy and completeness as well as material selection. Students develop a set of residential building plans. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-614-120-00 Architecture Residential
Residential house styles, building codes, and design components related to the site and structure. Conceptual designs of single family residences will be planned collaboratively. Construction drawings will be produced using Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD design software. Prerequisite: 10-614-105. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-614-121-00 Structural Residential
Highlights load distribution and coordination of structural components within residential buildings. Foundation systems, framing design, and applicable codes will be examined. Various methods will be utilized to select members for use in structural drawings. Prerequisites: 10-614-105. Lecture/Lab. 2 credits.

10-614-125-00 Site Design
Introduces the student to the basic design issues of the urban environment. Explore building massing and site analysis as they relate to the urban context. Learn about vehicular and pedestrian circulation, zoning analysis, contour manipulation, and basic plant material selections. Places a strong emphasis on in-class presentations utilizing multimedia digital technology. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-614-126-00 Architectural Building Science
Develops the introductory knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts of applied statics and strength of materials as related to architectural design and building construction, including force analysis; relationships of stress, strain, and deformation; resultants and equilibrium of coplanar force systems; and analysis of trusses and frames. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-614-127-00 Job Orientation
Occupational information prepares students to seek employment. Includes personal data sheets, job interviews, portfolio design, and letters of introduction and recommendation. Former graduates are invited to discuss needs of students before employment. Representatives of labor, management, business, and the professions are invited to discuss points of interest toward becoming an employee. Lecture. 1 credit.

10-614-130-00 Intro to Sustainable Building
Summarizes the history, technology, and science underlying sustainable building practices. The human factor and the economics of sustainability will be discussed. Alternative energy including wind, solar, photovoltaic, geothermal, and fuel cells will be researched. Lecture. 1 credit.

10-614-131-00 Sustainable Residential Building
Investigates basic sustainable design theory. The energy concepts of an extrinsically loaded house, natural building materials, and alternative technologies will be explored. Green building principles will be employed to design a home. 10-614-131 Prerequisite. Lecture. 1 credit.

10-614-135-00 Building Mep Systems
Correlates the relationship between a building and its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Codes, space requirements and specifications will be related to the building. MEP plans and necessary calculations will be prepared for a building. Prerequisites: 10-614-111 and 10-614-120. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-614-136-00 Construction Estimating
Techniques for standard construction estimating procedures from takeoff to bid, covering the areas of excavation, concrete, wood, masonry, carpentry, alteration work, mechanical work, electrical work, and general conditions. Topics introduced include preparation of typical estimated cost recording documents and techniques as well as preparation and presentation of formal bidding document. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-614-190-00 Architectural Capstone
Offers architectural students the opportunity to incorporate content from the first three semesters while focusing on personal interests within the field of architecture. Students will begin projects as preliminary building program proposals, further refine them through the design phase, and then develop them into construction documents. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-801-195-00 Written Communication
Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-801-196-00 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-804-107-00 College Mathematics
Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra, geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurement within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying the Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures, and summarizing and analyzing data. Recommended: pre-algebra or appropriate placement scores. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-806-139-00 Survey of Physics
Emphasizes understanding basic physics concepts through laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-809-103-00 Think Critically and Creatively
Provides instruction in the realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations today. Decision-making, problem-solving, persuasion, creativity, and setting goals and objectives are considered in depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies in a wide variety of situations. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-112-00 Principles of Sustainability
Prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy, analyze the interconnections among the physical and biological sciences and environmental systems, summarize the effects of sustainability on health and well-being, analyze connections among social, economic, and environmental systems, employ energy conservation strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, investigate alternative energy options, evaluate options to current waste disposal and recycling in the U.S., and analyze approaches used by communities to promote and implement sustainability. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-166-00 Intro to Ethics Theory and Application
Provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-199-00 Psychology of Human Relations
Focuses on improving personal and job-related relationships through understanding and applying sound psychological principles. Topics include self-concept, motivation, emotions, stress management, conflict resolution, and human relation processes. Lecture. 3 credits.