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ARCHITECTURE   - Fall 2005        

(ARCH)                                                                                                  (1 Credit)

Mr. Gray                                                                                                 ROOM B2

Prerequisites:    Design & Drawing for Production


Scope: This course is an introduction the field of architecture.  Information presented in this course will help you create architectural drawings which will effectively and accurately communicate ideas and designs to clients, sub-contractors, and construction workers.  Topics to be discussed will include, the history of architecture, proper drawing techniques, room planning, aesthetics, and blueprint reading. Each student will complete a floor plan for a residential dwelling.


Textbook:       Architecture Residential Planning and Design: and numerous handouts.


Career Possibilities:  Architect, Engineer, Civil Engineer, Surveyor, Landscape Architect


Course Content: Content may consist of not only the following, but additional topics as well.


           Overview of architecture practices                             Kitchens / Baths

           Tools / Equipment / Materials / Software                     Living areas

           History of Architecture                                                Elevation Views

           Vocabulary / House styles                                             Rough Framing

           Floor plans                                                                Professionalism

           Building Codes                                                           Career Exploration


Classwork:  Because this is a hands-on class, homework will not be given on a regular basis, but each student will be required to complete at least (2) projects a week.  It is expected that you will have to spend time outside of class to complete assignments.  In the last 10 weeks of class you will be completing floor plans and elevation views for a residential dwelling.  This project will be a major portion of your grade. 


Notebooks:  It is required that you keep a daily notebook (a three-ring style preferred), for notes and handouts. The binder will become a portfolio of your work at the completion of the semester, and will count for a MAJOR portion of your final average.


Testing:       There will be a written or drawing test given at the end of each unit.  Tests will count twice as much as a project.  Major tests will always be announced.  But pop quizzes are always fair game at anytime. There will be a final exam for students with less than a 90% average.


Grading:      A detailed grading rubric will be completed for each project turned in.  All project work must be handed in on time and successfully completed for full credit.