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CCOG for INSP 201 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
INSP 201
Course Title:
Plans Examination-Commercial
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Course Description

Covers commercial plans examination and code compliance for building permit applications. Includes procedures for review of plan submittals and code administration. Prerequisites: ARCH 162 and INSP 252 and (MTH 60 or equivalent placement test score). Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is an elective for an Associate of Applied Science Degree  in Building Inspections Technology. 

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:

  • Review commercial plan submittals for building code compliance and permits.

Course Activities and Design

Activities include in-class illustrated lectures showing commercial concepts of plan review, supported by collaborative work group review of mock plan submittals for permit.  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 commercial buildings, and online building codes. 

·        Collaborative work group experience 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 mock plan submittals.

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

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student will work on projects where they will use mock plan submittals for commercial buildings, to determine building code compliance.  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)

  • Commercial building codes regulate the design and construction of commercial structures, specifying the minimum requirements for fire and life safety in public and multi-family structures.
  • Plans Examiners need to know the procedures used in a professional setting, for review of plans submittals for permit.
  • Plans Examiners need to read and understand prints submitted for permit, and determine if they meet building code requirements.
  • Skills: 

Review plan submittal to determine compliance with commercial building code requirements

Know administrative procedures used to process plan submittals for permit