SRJC Course Outlines

12/9/2023 12:31:24 AMCONS 102 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CONS 102Title:  CONST PRACTICE AND TECH  
Full Title:  Construction Practice and Technologies
Last Reviewed:9/11/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Students will be introduced to basic and standard construction methods and construction sequencing for residential and light commercial buildings. Field trip(s) will be required.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A OR EMLS 100 (formerly ESL 100) or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students will be introduced to basic and standard construction methods and construction sequencing for residential and light commercial buildings. Field trip(s) will be required.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A OR EMLS 100 (formerly ESL 100) or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Describe the proper construction sequencing and order of operations for a typical building project.
2. Analyze the interdependencies of different construction sequences and processes.
3. Explain the connection and relationship of office project management to field project management.
4. Identify proper jobsite etiquette, professional demeanor, communication protocols, and best-work practices as related to field construction.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Observe and evaluate current project construction processes, sequencing, and material use at local area jobsites.
2. Use plan-reading skills to understand project implementation and execution during the duration of a project.
3. Maintain a journal of field reports for visited construction sites.
4. Utilize computer-based applications appropriate to facilitate field construction processes.

Topics and Scope
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I. Field Construction Practice and Technologies Overview
    A. Construction management site facilities
    B. Work crews and other site visitors
    C. Material staging and storage
    D. Equipment and vehicles
    E. Tools and supplies storage
    F. Restroom facilities
    G. Jobsite security and access
    H. Safety issues
II. Basic Site Building Layout and Surveying Techniques
    A. Site plans
    B. Property line determinations
    C. Staking-out and marking building and other site components
III. Layout and Installation: Grading and Utilities
    A. Points of connection to infrastructure systems: water, electricity, storm water, sewage, data/telecommunication, and gas
    B. Trenches for utilities
    C. Overhead utilities
    D. Temporary utilities
IV. Introduction to Basic Construction Hand and Power Tools
    A. Hand tools
    B. Power tools
         1. Corded tools
         2. Cordless tools
              a. Gasoline-powered tools
              b. Battery-powered tools
         3. Pneumatic tools
         4. Power-actuated fastener tools
    C. Measuring tools
         1. Levels and plumbs: string bob, bubble, and digital levels types
         2. Tape measures: tape coil and laser types
         3. The carpenter's square
    D. Survey tools
    E. Ladders and scaffolding
    F. Tool belts
    G. Tool storage
    H. Tool maintenance and care
    I. Mobile technology: tablets and smartphones
    J. Pumps: air, water, and other fluids
   K. Dust and dirt confinement systems
V. Foundation and Slab-On-Grade Construction
    A. Concrete formwork
    B. Reinforcing bars and welded-wire fabric in concrete construction
    C. Slab-on-grade construction and sub-slab components: drainage, gravel, vapor barriers, and sand
    D. Foundation types such as spread footing, isolated footings, pier and grade beam, pile and pier cap, and post-tensioned raft slabs
    E. Construction and control joints in concrete
    F. Concrete embedments
VI. Wood and Light Gauge Steel Framing
    A. Dimensional lumber sizes and species
    B. Cold-formed steel framing member sizes
    C. Typical framing layout for floors, walls, stairs, ceilings, and roofs
VII. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP)
    A. Rough-in MEP such as backflow preventors, fire suppression systems, piping, fittings, conduits, conductors, wiring, junction boxes, weatherhead, meters, and electrical distribution panels
    B. Finish MEP such as equipment, fixtures, faucets, switches, face plates, diffusers, grilles, thermostats, switches, and controls
VIII. Roofing
    A. Fiberglass composition roofing systems
    B. Emulsion-applied roofing systems
    C. Single-ply mechanical membrane systems
    D. Metal roofing systems
IX. Exterior Envelope Elements
    A. Windows and doors
    B. Flashing, counterflashing, reglets, drip edges, weep screeds, expansion joints, and copings
    C. Vapor barriers
    D. Exterior finishes such as metal, wood, plaster, masonry, and veneer
    E. Sealants and coatings
    F. Thermal insulation such as fiberglass batt, cellulose, foam-in-place, and rigid insulation systems
    G. Exterior finish trim work
    H. Drainage elements such as gutters, rainwater leaders, downspouts, diverters, scuppers, and collection boxes
X. Interior Finish
    A. Floors
         1. Wood finish flooring and installation
         2. Sheet products and installation
         3. Tile products and installation
         4. Emulsion applied products
         5. Sealants
    B. Walls
         1. Gypsum wallboard products and installation
         2. Glass mortar units
         3. Fiberglass reinforced panels (FRP)
         4. Wood finishes
    C. Ceilings
         1. Gypsum board products and installation
         2. Suspended panel systems
         3. Wood ceilings
    D. Casework
         1. Cabinetry and countertops
         2. Window and door casework and trim
         3. Baseboards, moldings, and other interior trim
XI. Inspections and Observations
    A. Building department inspections
    B. Special inspections
    C. Architectural and structural observations and field reports
XII. Trades and Scope of Work Coordination
All topics and scope will be covered in lecture and lab.

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Reading assignments (20-40 pages per week)
2. Study question set(s) (1-3 weekly)
3. Quiz(zes) (1-4)
4. Midterm exam
5. Final exam
Lecture and Lab-related Assignments:
1. Field Reports or other lab exercises (6-12)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Field reports or other lab exercises
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Study question set(s)
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
Quiz(zes); exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Fundamentals of Residential Construction. 5th ed. Allen, Edward, Schreyer, Alexander C., Thallon, Rob. Wiley. 2022.
Building Construction Illustrated. 6th ed. Ching, Francis D.K. Wiley. 2019.
Instructor prepared materials

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