PRV190 - Plan Review and Building Construction

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Subject Title
Plan Review and Building Construction

Subject Description
PRV190 is a specialized course designed as an introduction to reading and interpreting construction drawings in both metric and imperial units.  Architectural working drawings are studied to develop an appreciation of the interdependency of structural, electrical and mechanical systems and the importance of the coordination of building components. The student will also be introduced to building construction fundamentals to identify the parts, terms, methods of construction relative to fire protection.

Credit Status
One college subject credit and is a prerequisite for CAD290.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the principles and methods of construction and how they relate to life and fire safety;
2. Compare the characteristics and types of materials used in the construction of buildings and how they react in fire conditions;
3. Analyze how building and fire codes interact with building construction and fire protection;
4. Distinguish between the advantages and disadvantages of building construction principles, methods and types, and how they relate to fire safety;
5. Differentiate between types of drawings and recognize various lines, symbols and abbreviations found on construction industry drawings;
6. Interpret a blueprint to obtain information from the drawings and relate information to another drawing;
7. Demonstrate how to measure drawing with scales, gather data with tape measure and set the scale of a drawing;
8. Demonstrate how to sketch an engineering drawing to scale.

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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