Course Content and Outcome Guide for BMZA 265

Course Number:
BMZA 265
Course Title:
Exhibit Construction, Maintenance, and Repair
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Course Description

Provides an overview of the basic concepts used in animal exhibit construction, maintenance and repair. Emphasizes safety, identification, selection, usage and care of hand and power tools to complete projects in a team environment. Introduces the use of construction materials, concrete and related hardscapes, reading blueprints, and communication regarding mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services. Department permission required. Prerequisites: BMZA 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, student should be able to:

  • Use appropriate safety principles and procedures when operating in a zoo construction, maintenance, and repair environment.
  • Identify and select appropriate tools to complete animal exhibit construction, maintenance, and repair projects.
  • Use tools and a variety of materials to complete animal exhibitry projects in a team environment.
  • Identify and communicate appropriately regarding problems with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is a combination of lecture, demonstration, and laboratory experience to provide necessary skills in techniques used in exhibit construction, maintenance, and repairs.   Laboratory instruction will be based at the Rock Creek campus building construction technology area.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participate in and contribute to all class and team discussions and activities.
  • Complete homework assignments and projects
  • Write all scheduled examinations and quizzes

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Safe use of construction tools, construction materials and basic maintenance and repair functions.
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing services
  • Basic wood construction, concrete and hardscaping
  • Applied construction mathematics
  • Blue print reading


  • Applied construction mathematics
  • Safe and effective use of construction tools
  • Materials commonly used in exhibit construction, maintenance and repair.
  • The design, construction and repair of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.
  • Blue print reading.


  • Some zoos lack a professional maintenance staff so zoo keepers are required to perform routine exhibit construction, maintenance and repair.
  • Even in zoos with professional maintenance staff ,it will be useful for keepers to know the basics of construction methods and materials as they work constructively and cooperatively with their colleagues.
  • After the design process has produced blue print drawings for new or improved exhibits, keepers need to have a working knowledge of blue print reading to effectively interpret these documents.


  • Safely use construction tools and materials
  • Blue print reading
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Team work