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. IIdentify, explain, or compare the common construction materials, products, and systems presented in the course their sources, properties, uses, or methods of installation.
  2. Roughly define the common terms and concepts associated with the topics of the course.
  3. Demonstrate model-building and drawing layout proficiencies in the completion of course construction and graphic communication projects related to topics of the course.
  4. Participate regularly and appropriately in online group discussions about class material, and seek the help of others as needed.


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: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, or placement in ENG 100 or higher.
  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 Tuesday-Thursday format.
  5. The course is typically offered in both the fall and spring terms.
  6. Typically a textbook is not required, but 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.