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ARC 123 - Architectural Graphics I
Introduces techniques of architectural communication including orthographic projection and sketching as well as 3d views and modeling. Requires the manual production of plans, sections, elevations and 3d views and models of a simple building. Includes dimensioning, detailing and rendering. Part I of II. Credit will not be awarded for both ARC 121 and ARC 123.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
ARC 124 - Architectural Graphics II
Continues with the techniques of architectural communication including orthographic projection and sketching as well as 3d views and modeling. Requires the production of plans, sections, elevations and 3d views and models of a simple building using computer technology. Includes dimensioning and detailing. Part II of II. Credit will not be awarded for both ARC 122 and ARC 124.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
ARC 133 - Construction Methodology & Procedures I
Studies materials used in construction of buildings, covering foundations to structural framing systems. Includes appropriate use of materials for various construction types. Includes specification of materials and installation procedures; types of specifications and writing procedures; bidding procedures and, contract documents. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ARC 134 - Construction Methodology & Procedures II
Studies materials used in construction of buildings, covering foundations to structural framing systems. Includes appropriate use of materials for various construction types. Includes specification of materials and installation procedures; types of specifications and writing procedures; bidding procedures and, contract documents. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ARC 138 - Structures for Architects
Analyzes the various forces acting on a building and surveys the structural elements used to resist them. Uses case studies of ordinary and unusual structures to illustrate concepts of structural design. Provides a conceptual overview of structural systems for students interested in the design and construction of buildings. Requires some elementary algebra. Includes exercises in reading structural drawings and tables. Prerequisite: ARC 133.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ARC 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
ARC 197 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
ARC 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
ARC 200 - History of Architecture
Surveys architecture from ancient times to the 19th century, with emphasis on philosophy of design, form and structure.
Lecture 4 hours per week.
4 credits
ARC 216 - Manual Architectural Rendering and Presentation
Presents techniques of rendering and principles of art as related to architectural presentation. Covers architectural lettering and layout, free-hand sketching, and perspective drawing in various media, including pencil, ink and tempera. Prerequisite ARC 112 or equivalent.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
ARC 220 - Intro. to Landscape Architecture and Site Planning
Introduces the basics of landscape design and development concepts through architectural construction and plantings. Shows relationship between design and environment, including objectives of design elements and materials, facilities.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ARC 225 - Site Planning and Technology
Studies the impact of building codes and zoning ordinances on site design; storm drainage, grading design, erosion and flood control; site materials for paving and retaining walls; site utilities.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
ARC 231 - Advanced Architectural Design and Graphics I
Provides fundamental knowledge of the principles and techniques of architectural drawing procedures. Familiarizes student with design process. Provides a better understanding of the relation between architectural design and structural systems. Prerequisite ARC 122 or equivalent.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
4 credits
ARC 232 - Advanced Architectural Design and Graphics II
Requires development of complete set of working drawings and details according to principles and techniques of architectural drawings and procedures used in professional firms. Prerequisite ARC 231 or equivalent.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
4 credits
ARC 240 - Designing Sustainable Built Environments
Introduces students to ethics, ideas, technologies, methods and current practices in designing sustainable environments.
Credits - 3 Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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ARC 243 - Environmental Systems
Studies energy sources and strategies for use in buildings; heat loss and heat gain; heating and cooling equipment and system; water supply, distribution and waste systems and equipment; principles of electricity, electrical systems and equipment.
Lecture 4 hours per week.
4 credits
ARC 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
ARC 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits
ARC 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
ARC 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits