CCOG for INSP 151 Summer 2024

Course Number:
INSP 151
Course Title:
International Residential Code Structural 1
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Course Description

Covers International Residential Building Codes and building inspection practices. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

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

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Analyze plans and code requirements as they impact the design of residential structures.
  • Analyze construction and determine compliance with applicable codes for residential structures.
  • Communicate residential code requirements to design and construction professionals.

Course Activities and Design

Activities include in-class illustrated lectures showing concepts of the building codes, supported by collaborative group review of case studies.  In-class work will be supported by out-of-class individual reading, research of codes and application to mock problems. 

·        Course materials will be presented in a lecture and discussion format, using multimedia presentations (slides, overheads, videos) showing examples of code applications in various residential buildings, and online building codes. 

·        Collaborative discussions will be supplemented by posting of additional references and resources, on the PCC Course Tools files. 

·        Weekly assignments will provide an opportunity for student to apply class information to actual residential building examples.

·        Short answer exams will cover a summary of information from the Building Codes.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student will work on projects using sample residential plans, identify applicable codes, and apply codes to design and construction details.  Assessment will include review of projects, along with exams requiring ability to find and cite code requirements. 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)

  • Residential building codes regulate the design and construction of residential structures, specifying the minimum requirements for safety and liveability for one and two-family structures.
  • Building Inspectors need to understand their role in interpreting and applying residential building code requirements.
  • Skills:  Review plans and construction to determine compliance with:


Fire protection

Structural and construction requirements

Interior liveability, including sanitation, ventilation, daylight, lighting