Materials & Methods of Construction-Basic Structure

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
3 semester credit hours

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course examines how various materials and construction methods associated with: site construction; concrete; masonry; metals; and wood & plastics (Master Format sections 1-6), affect the construction cost, total life, and maintenance cost of a building. The merits of new materials and methods are introduced and compared to existing products and methods. The major focus will be from a builder perspective emphasizing proper installation procedures and processes.


Course Details


Olabode Ogedengbe
Workforce Development Building, Room 123


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Fundamental of Building Construction, Materials and Methods by Edward Allen and Joseph Iano, published by Wiley with ISBN 9781118138915.


Assignment/course outline:

  • Construction methods and materials is a lecture/discussion class combined with various field trips.  lectures will typically be followed by a field trip to observe the topic covered in class.  students will write a field trip report after each site visit.
  • All written work will be type-written and include the following:
  • Field trips reports and periodic out of class assignments will be made during the term. all written work completed outside the class will be type written. grammar, spelling and neatness will be included as a portion of the grade.
  • Field trips scheduled during class sessions are integral part of instruction. students will wear a construction hard hat and safety glass when required on all field trips. field trip will be announced by instructor at least one class meeting prior to the scheduled trip.
  • A cover page with the project title, student’s name, and course name
  • The narrative portion will be in paragraph form
  • Footnotes in the narrative portion will give credit to periodicals, and other reference materials used.

See first-day handout for more information.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Explain proper material installation procedures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify and categorize various foundation systems.

Explain how to properly place concrete.

Describe what affects the strength and finish characteristics of concrete.

List masonry product options and advantages that each gives you.

Identify and categorize wood types and characteristics.

Compare installation practice and properties for metal and wood systems.

List and describe alternate systems for superstructure support.

Communicate with clarity and precision.

Apply critical thinking through problem solving.

Analyze and compare the merits of various existing products and methods.

Demonstrate mastery of computer aided drafting (CAD) by constructing engineering, mechanical, and geometrical drawings.  

Demonstrate ability to sketch, letter, and generate line-work to describe various objects.

Demonstrate ability to read and produce drawings involving orthographic projection, sections, pictorial and auxiliary views. 

Demonstrate a wide range of mathematical skills including plane trigonometry, strength of materials, technical, and other engineering problems, including theories learned in engineering mechanics.

Demonstrate ability to use standard surveying equipment to make measurements and calculations to run a traverse, establish levels, keep notes and produce required drawings. 

Demonstrate ability to analyze physical and mechanical properties of soil and concrete. 

Demonstrate ability to solve basic hydraulic problems using the theory of incompressible fluids.

Demonstrate on-site skills required to establish grades, locate property lines and utilities and produce plots and calculate cut and fill by average-end-area.

Tests, Quizzes, Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Projects, Skills Check



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Learning outcomes are determined by measuring the ability of each student to retain the learning objectives of the course. Performance-based methods, such as completion of assigned projects, general knowledge tests, oral and written presentations of assignments, group discussions, observation of mastery of critical skills and analysis of the final product will determine the final grade on this course.  


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