This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as:
- The Roles of Civil Engineers and Architects
- Eco Friendly Design
- Residential Design
- Commercial Design
Nature of Class:
This class is designed to give students a taste of some of the concepts that architects and civil engineers encounter on residential and commercial building projects. We will be also looking into design considerations for Eco-Friendly construction. Throughout the course we will be using Autodesk Revit as a tool for designing our projects. You will be able to download a student version for you use at home if you choose; however, it is the intention of the course that all work can be done in class.
Students will be required to keep an engineering journal to track their progress on each project. This journal will need to be a sewn bound notebook like a quad ruled composition notebook. Moreover, there is some math in this course; it would be helpful for the students to have a scientific calculator (graphing calculators are ok as well). They basically need a calculator that has the trigonometric functions on it.
- Engineering Notebook (composition notebook preferably one with graph paper. Pages need to be bound so that they do not come out no spiral or loose leaf notebooks)
- Scientific Calculator (recommended)
- (Optional) architectural templates
- Pencil & Pen
This year I will be grading using a new system. Students will be assessed using the skills necessary for completion of the course. There are five areas of assessment: Engineering Notebook Standards, Professionalism, Architectural & Sketching, Engineering & Calculations, and Electronic Portfolio. These are all weighted equally. I believe that focusing on these areas for each project and problem will help students be more successful in class and beyond the classroom.