# Portland Community College

Course Number:
BCT 104
Course Title:
Construction Math
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:

#### Course Description

Provides a framework for learners to apply mathematical concepts and principles to building construction situations problems through collaborative learning. Learners will also develop, articulate and document their own problem solving strategies. Exploration of construction problems will be limited to light framing, concrete, finish carpentry and cabinetmaking. Prerequisites: Placement into MTH 20 or department approval. Audit available.

#### Addendum to Course Description

Learners will both individually and collaboratively produce a mathematical reference guide as a marketing tool for future employment and as a field guide for their use

#### Intended Outcomes for the course

To carry out building construction tasks (light framing, concrete, finish carpentry and cabinetmaking) requiring mathematical calculations.

To use and upgrade a reference manual containing formulas and procedures used to solve math related building construction problems.

#### Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Work collaboratively to produce mathematical solutions to building construction problems and situations presented in classroom Discovery Projects. Collect data, sketch, develop strategies, find patterns and test the validity of solutions. Solution path and answer(s) will be written clearly and concisely.

2. Create a mathematical formula and procedural Reference Guide, which can be use on the construction job site to solve building construction problems, requiring mathematics.

3. Successfully complete two Mastery Projects in which real world construction scenarios, requiring mathematical solutions, must be successfully analyzed and solved by the individual learner. Solution paths must be clearly documented.

#### Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, issues and concepts

• Data Analysis
• Critical thinking
• Problem Solving
• Documentation
• HP 48 G Calculator
• Linear measurements
• Fractions/ Decimals
• Surface measurements
• Square measurements
• Volumetric measurements
• Repetitive members
• Ratios, factors and proportions
• Stair layout
• Construction geometry
• Trigonometry
• Percentages, discounts and markup

Process Skills
1. Use a hand held calculator to solve mathematical problems.
2. Sketch to reveal patterns and meanings through visualization.
3. Collect and analyze data to determine knowns and unknowns.
4. Use formulas to solve for unknowns.
5. Convert numbers from one unit type to another. i.e. feet to feet and inches and visa versa
6. Use the tape measure to physically layout and measure.
7. Document mathematical solution neatly and concisely.
8. Work collaboratively with team member(s).