CCOG for ARCH 113 Summer 2024

Course Number:
ARCH 113
Course Title:
Site Planning
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Course Description

Covers site development, including surveying existing grades, locating existing and future buildings, driveways erosion control, storm water management and drawing site plans. Recommend: ARCH 121 and ARCH 124. Prerequisites: ARCH 110 and ARCH 136. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is required for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Design and Drafting and for Building Inspection. 

Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institu­tion to which the student wishes to transfer.  

Students must be capable of reading and communicating in the English language and may be required to pass a listening competency test administered by the department.  Students who may have a disability and wish an accommodation should make arrangements to meet with the instructor outside of class to discuss specific requests.  Any request for accommodation may require that documentation of disability be reviewed by the Office for Students with Disabilities 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Interpret information obtained from site plan drawings and apply to design projects.
  • Construct site plan drawings using raw site information and site survey data.
  • Apply basic concepts of site water management and erosion control and communicate strategies and requirements to clients and consultants.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participation in studio work sessions, class discussions and critiques.
  • Proper and timely completion of class projects, which demonstrate effective use of knowledge.
  • Evaluation procedures will be presented at the first class meeting.  Student grades will be based on satisfactory com­ple­tion of assigned projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


Problem identification;

  • Legal restraints that may affect a design
  • Maps pertaining to a site
  • Components of a complete legal description of a site
  • Potential users of a site
  • Potential activity areas on a site


  • Accuracy of available topographical maps
  • Physical features possible on a site
  • Physical features adjacent a site

Solution Identification;

  • Potential solutions for activity area requirements
  • Comprehensive design schemes for a site


  • Drawing a site plan from a given legal description.
  • Transferring existing site elevations from a topographical map to a site plan.
  • Transferring existing site elevations from a topographical map to a site plan.
  • Identifying the buildable portion of the site from the given zoning information.
  • Contour lines and spot elevations on a site plan.
  • Uses of site models in the development of a site plan


  • Identifying a plan for a proposed survey
  • Methods to reproduce a survey plan on an actual site       
  • Method to develop a topographical map from field note

Proper terminology for site surveying