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Course Descriptions BIT

BIT 100
Introduction to the International Building Code
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This basic course is designed to provide background material on which the International Building Code was founded and the legal basis for the code. Emphasis will be placed on the development and proper use of the code.
BIT 101
Introduction to the International Residential Code
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This basic course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of residential construction requirements for building plan review and inspection. The course will cover the portions of the International Residential Code that have been adopted by the State of California. Emphasis will be placed on the development and proper use of the code.
BIT 102
Reading and Non-Structural Plan Review
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ADT 300 and BIT 100
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides a thorough understanding of the plan reading and non-structural plan review process undertaken by building departments prior to plan approval.
BIT 104
International Building Code - Fire & Life Safety
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BIT 100 and CMT 300
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers the use and application of the International Building Code for construction inspection.
BIT 106
Introduction to Special Inspection- Concrete, Masonry, Steel, and Soils
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers the Special Inspection requirements of chapter seventeen (17) in the International Building Code. The course will provide the technical knowledge and information necessary for Building Inspectors to oversee and approve Special Inspections performed by Special Inspectors on concrete, masonry, structural steel and soils.
BIT 110
Engineering and Structural Principles for Building Construction
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BIT 100
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers the basic engineering and structural principles used in the construction industry. This course includes civil engineering, plan reading, site layout, mechanics of materials, soil fundamentals, and the construction and inspection of structural systems.
BIT 112
Building Inspection Principles for Disabled Access
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BIT 100
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is a course designed to examine the state regulations that govern the design and construction of public buildings, publicly funded living accommodations, hotels and motels, and multi-family dwellings for individuals with mobility and sensory impairments. The course is designed specifically for building inspectors to develop knowledge and skills in disabled access inspections.
BIT 120
Mechanical I/Plumbing Code Requirements
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CMT 300
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers the use and interpretation of the Uniform Plumbing Code, legal and administrative enforcement procedures, field inspection techniques and procedures, methods and techniques used in plumbing installations, emerging technologies.
BIT 121
Mechanical II / H.V.A.C. Code Requirements
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CMT 300
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers the use and interpretation of the Uniform Mechanical Code, and legal and administrative enforcement procedures used in mechanical installations, emerging trends and technologies.
BIT 130
Introduction to Inspection of Wood Frame Construction
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BIT 100
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is a basic course designed to provide a thorough understanding of wood frame construction requirements for building plan review and inspection. The course will cover inspections for floor, roof and wall framing, and wall bracing for seismic and wind design. Simple beam calculations will be made.
BIT 140
Electrical I
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BIT 100
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course reviews basic electricity and electrical principles for building inspection. This course cover in detail the basic electrical code requirements for residential and commercial structures as well as the use and interpretation of the National Electrical Code, legal and administrative enforcement procedures, field inspection techniques and procedures, methods and techniques used in electrical installations, emerging technologies.
BIT 141
Electrical II
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BIT 140
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an in-depth study of the National Electrical Code (NEC) text adopted into the California Building Standards Code (Title 24). Study will include the most critical aspects of the National Electrical Code for electrical wiring systems found in residential, commercial and industrial installations.
BIT 150
California Energy Code - Building Energy Efficiency Standards
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces the interpretation and use of the California Energy Code, and legal and administrative enforcement procedures with emphasis on heating, ventilating, air conditioning and related installations.
BIT 152
HERS I, Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing for Code Compliance
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BIT 150
Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to the California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and prepares students to obtain certification as a HERS I rater. The HERS I certification allows certified individuals to verify certain energy efficiency measures of newly constructed buildings and alterations to existing buildings for compliance with the California Energy Code.
BIT 154
California Green Building Standards Code
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 36 hours LEC
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the history, purpose, proper use and interpretation of the California Green Building Standards Code. The California Green Building Standards Code was adopted by the State of California in July of 2010 and became effective on January 1, 2011. These standards will be felt across all of the industry's occupations, from architects and designers to builders and inspectors. This course fills elective requirements in the BIT degree, as well as the Green Building Certificate.
BIT 295
Independent Studies in Building Inspection Technology
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
BIT 298
Work Experience in Building Inspection Technology
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Building Inspection Technology.
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in associate degree level or certificate occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
BIT 299
Experimental Offering in Building Inspection Technology
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB