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Course Number:
ARCH 121
Course Title:
Structural Systems I
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Course Description

An overview of residential structural systems, including identification of structural members, loads and load paths and reading structural framing plans. Prerequisites/concurrent: ARCH 124. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a required for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Design & Drafting and Interior Design. Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institution to which the student wishes to transfer.

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

Apply basic theories of gravity loads and load paths in buildings for use in future course work.
Communicate with design professionals, clients and engineers using industry specific terminology for basic structural members and systems.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student to demonstrate understanding of class concepts through written analysis of building system requirements, and specific application to sample buildings.  Student to demonstrate willingness and ability to work in small groups during class to provide input and solve in-class assignments, and articulate findings to class.  Student to demonstrate time management skills by completion of projects by assigned deadlines and by meeting specific objectives for each phase of class projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Course materials and concepts will be presented in a lecture and discussion format, using multimedia presentations (slides,      overheads,  videos) showing examples of structural systems.
  • Students will work in small groups to apply concepts to building examples, in analyzing loads and sizing structural elements.
  • Discussions will be supplemented by worksheets for students to further practice application of class concept.
  • Tests will cover analysis of multiple structural components within sample building.