AEC 118, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
A required, 3-credit program course.


A broad survey of materials and products used in the building industry, their nature, characteristics, variety, and uses. Concrete, masonry, wood, metals, conveying systems, electrical and mechanical systems, and other topics based on the CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) format. Emphasis on materials and construction in Hawaii. An interactive internet course -- not a CAD or project-based course.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Discuss and, where appropriate, compare the manufacturing processes, components, sources, varieties, and uses of the basic building materials, products, and systems presented in the course.
  2. Roughly define the common terms and concepts associated with the topics of the course.
  3. Describe the CSI format and its purpose, and name at least two-thirds of its divisions.
  4. Participate regularly and appropriately in online group discussions about class material, and seek the help of peers, supervisors, or others as needed.
  5. Demonstrate written communication, reading, and computation proficiencies at a level appropriate to the coursework.
  6. Demonstrate model-building and basic drawing/sketching proficiencies in the completion of course construction and graphic communication projects related to topics of the course.

TYPICAL COURSE CONTENT

Natural Resources
Concrete
Site Work
Masonry
Wood
Metals
General Requirements
Plastics
Thermal and Moisture Protection
Glass
Doors and Windows
Plaster and Drywall
Flooring
Paints and Other Coatings
Specialties
Equipment
Furnishings and Special Construction
Acoustics
Conveying Systems
Electrical Systems
Plumbing Systems
Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling



DETAILS
  1. Prerequisite: none
  2. The course is open to all majors.
  3. This is an internet course where students complete assigned work at home and come to the college only to take exams.
  4. Roughly five hours of reading, participating online, etc. per week. Classes are posted weekly in a simulated Monday-Wednesday-Friday format.
  5. The course is typically offered in both the fall and spring terms.
  6. Besides a textbook, students need to purchase materials for a small construction project.
  7. View a condensed version of the first class (essentially a course synopsis) by clicking here. It explains how the class works, contains a typical day-by-day schedule, etc.